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Optical/IP

Nortel's 40G Euro Win

10:20 AM -- KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN)'s Belgian operations (called KPN Belgium, funnily enough) will deploy Nortel Networks Ltd. 's "40G-ready" equipment to boost optical backbone capacity in the country.

The operator will use Nortel's common photonic layer platform and Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 products, from its Metro Ethernet Networks portfolio -- products that won't come from Nortel for much longer. (See KPN Deploys Nortel 40G.)

The contract win comes just a week after Nortel dropped the bombshell that it wants to exit the optical and carrier Ethernet markets and sell its Metro Ethernet Networks business. (See Why Huawei Should Buy Nortel's MEN , Good News for Nortel!, Nortel to Sell Carrier Ethernet, Optical Biz, Nortel Plunges on New Forecast, and Nortel's Philippe Morin.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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