Cox Lights Up Nortel Optical Gear

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Cox Business Services will be going light in San Diego with Nortel Networks'
optical Ethernet product to beef up its high-speed Internet, virtual
local-area-network and other metro services for enterprise customers.

The Cox Communications Inc. subsidiary will deploy Nortel's 'OPTera'
synchronous optical network (SONET) Ethernet platform to simplify and centralize
its network, saving business customers as much as 50 percent in network costs in
the process.

Using four resilient packet rings as a backbone, the optical Ethernet packet
network will cover a good portion of San Diego, allowing Cox Business to offer
10- and 100-megabit-per-second connections, in addition to traditional voice
services.

'Nortel Networks provides us with a very simple but highly-reliable platform
to expand our business and deliver new optical Ethernet services to our
customers,' said Albert Young, vice president of telephony and transport
engineering at Cox.

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