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Nortel Spotting

11:25 AM -- We still don't know who will end up buying Nortel Networks Ltd. 's VoIP assets (what happened to that imminent "stalking horse" bid, anyway?), but whoever does end up getting the goods will have a deeper relationship with Suddenlink Communications , the nation's eighth-largest cable MSO. (See Handicapping the Nortel VoIP Triple Crown and Report: Stalking Horse Stampedes Toward Nortel's VoIP Biz .)

Suddenlink, which has more than 250,000 VoIP subscribers, is shoring up the voice system serving West Virginia and North Carolina properties with a "geo-survivable" configuration of Nortel's Communication Server 2000. That means the East Coast system will hop to a redundant location if it goes down due to a hurricane, fire, or some other natural disaster. (See Suddenlink Rings Up Phone Milestone and Suddenlink Rings Nortel's Bell.)

Suddenlink and Nortel said they migrated to the new geo-survivable switch during a "three-night event." Sounds like a hoot. I wonder who brought the s'mores?

Nortel also counts Cox Communications Inc. and Charter Communications Inc. as cable MSO customers, but Suddenlink says it's the first to put in the vendor's new redundant configuration, and it plans to do the same on the rest of its network by early 2010.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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