City dwellers: Nortel buys Cambrian, adds metro DWDM to data networking strategy.(Nortel Networks, dense wavelength division multiplexer )(Company Business and Marketing)

By Meyers, Jason

Nortel Networks made a strong optical networking move last week when it purchased Cambrian Systems for $300 million, adding a developed dense wavelength division multiplexing product for metropolitan area networks to its coffer.

Coming on the heels of Nortel's acquisition of Bay Networks, the Cambrian buy adds another significant peg to Nortel's growing data networking strategy. Nortel had been looking to forge a more limited relationship with Cambrian because of its early lead in metro DWDM but ultimately decided that an outright purchase made the most sense.

"It looked so good we said, 'Why not buy it all?'" said John Roth, vice chairman and CEO of Nortel. …

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