Nortel Postpones Promising Optical Switch
Nortel Networks Corp. has postponed the release of a much-anticipated switch for optical networks, according to company officials.Nortel Networks Corp. has postponed the release of a much-anticipated switch for optical networks, according to company officials. Nortels OPTera Connect PX switch, which would direct large amounts of data in the form of light, has been postponed indefinitely by the Canadian telecommunications equipment maker. The OPTera Connect PX switch was part of the developing product portfolio of Xros, a privately-held company that Nortel acquired in June of 2000. At that time Nortel touted Xross "silicon-based micro-mirror technology" as a key building block in the companys race to be first in building an "all-optical Internet."
"An all-optical Internet will deliver millions of instant Internet sessions, thousands of video channels, and vast amounts of e-business transactions on an unprecedented scale," said Clarence Chandran, the president of Nortel Networks Service Provider and Carrier Group at the time of the acquisition.