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Caragol said partners haven't had much issue with the combined Ciena/Nortel MEN product portfolio, which was first rolled out in March of last year.
At the time, Ciena made Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 its flagship product for TDM, OTN, packet and wavelength services for larger carriers, and opted for its own CN 6200 FlexSelect and Nortel's Optical Metro 5200 for regional transport services. Ciena kept its own Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery portfolio for 3G/4G wireless backhaul, and also its CoreDirector FS MultiService Optical Switch and 5400 switching systems over comparable Nortel gear.
Caragol, who has been at Ciena six years but spent five years at Nortel, and four at the Nortel-acquired Bay Networks prior to that, said that the formerly shaky Nortel MEN business has benefited Ciena greatly -- and also been preserved as a result.
"The number one thing we had to do was stabilize the base," Caragol said. "There were a lot of partners out there who were fearful of, or questioning, staying with Ciena," she said. "I think they feel really good about what our team has done."
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