Nortel Combines Carrier and Enterprise Data Teams

Nortel has combined its carrier data and enterprise data teams into a single organisation to strengthen its end-to-end convergence solutions and increase R&D effectiveness. The realignment is part of Nortel’s Business Transformation strategy, which is focused on simplifying Nortel’s business, improving quality, reducing costs and generating new revenues.

Aziz Khadbai, a 16-year veteran of Nortel, has been appointed general manager and will lead the new organization – Converged Data Networks. Khadbai reports to Steve Slattery, president, Enterprise Solutions and Packet Networks.

As was announced last year, Nortel realigned into two product groups – Enterprise Solutions and Packet Networks led by Slattery, and Mobility and Converged Core Networks led by Richard Lowe, to better meet the needs of global enterprise and carrier customers in the converged marketplace. The formation of Converged Data Networks strengthens this commitment by enabling Nortel to increase investment synergy across all products in the data portfolio to provide higher value solutions for both sets of customers.

“Nortel intends to be the clear choice for converged data networks,” said Slattery. “This move, together with our recent acquisition of Tasman Networks, furthers our ability to provide feature-rich converged networks that support critical real-time applications including voice, video and multimedia applications. Aziz and his team will provide a uniform focus on market leadership, revenue growth and quality.”

As voice and data networks around the world continue to converge into a single multi-service IP network, and the lines between carrier and enterprise customers blur, Nortel’s Converged Data Networks will focus on ensuring all customers have the solutions and services essential to delivering highly-reliable and secure real-time IP communications.