Nortel’s ‘9000’ Living on the Edge

Nortel Networks Corp. debuted its “Multiservice Provider Edge (MPE) 9000” series Monday.

The vendor said the new line will allow service providers and cable operators to “converge multiple communications networks over Internet protocol and achieve substantial cost reduction and top-line growth via mission-critical IP services.”

Using the 9000 series, network operators can converge voice, data, wireless and multimedia services onto a single network using multiprotocol label switching (MPLS).

“Yesterday's edge requirement was for the biggest, fastest router," Nortel president of wireline networks Sue Spradley said in a prepared statement. "Today's requirements are ultra-reliability and the ability to support multiple services with the highest performance and cost efficiency.”