BT selects Nortel and Siemens as 21st Century Network vendors

16 Jan 2007

BT has selected Nortel and Siemens to supply carrier scale Ethernet solutions for its 21st Century Network (21CN) program. BT will use the new Ethernet solutions to transport high-bandwidth services ranging from business applications to IPTV. Devices being supplied by the two equipment manufacturers will incorporate emerging IEEE standards, Provider Backbone Bridging Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) and Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) to enable the use of Ethernet as a carrier class transport mechanism. Nortel will supply its Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 and Metro Ethernet Service Unit 1850 while Siemens will supply its SURPASS hiD Ethernet carrier-class switches, element management, systems integration and support services.