Ethernet equipment

OME Waits for PBT

12:20 PM -- The Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 is being pushed as Nortel Networks Ltd. 's flagship platform for converged optical + Ethernet networks. And Nortel has pushed PBT as the flavor of choice for connection-oriented Ethernet in carrier networks.

So why isn't PBT on the OME 6500?

Patience, grasshopper. The company says it's coming.

Philippe Morin, Nortel president of Metro Ethernet Networks, says to expect "some significant PBT-related announcements" next year.

"Across the corporation, we're going to push PBT across the portfolio. The OME will be a part of that PBT push," Morin says.

Of course, we've been waiting for PBT to be added to the OME 6500 almost as long as PBT has been around. In the company's first PBT-related press release, way back when, in the summer of 2006, Nortel said that development was underway "to integrate the technology into the Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 and other Ethernet-ready platforms." (See Nortel Launches PBT.)

And that was nearly 18 months ago.

So what gives?

— Ryan Lawler, Reporter, Light Reading

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