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Nortel CEO sets out “hyperconnectivity” strategy

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Nortel is positioned to take advantage of exploding network and bandwidth demands, according to Nortel Networks CEO Mike Zafirovski.

“Hyperconnectivity, the state in which the number of devices, nodes and applications connected to the network far exceeds the number of people using the network, is fast becoming a reality.  It is an unstoppable force of change that is demanding action now to rethink the way networks and applications are built,” he says.
“About 28-billion mobile phones are in use, with another 16-million being added every day. Nearly 67 000 every single hour.  In Europe, mobile phones already outnumber the population, with penetration at about 103%,” says Nortel country manager Magda Engelbrecht.
“In just over six years, Apple Computer has shipped 100-million iPod devices, not one of them yet connected directly to any network but that's just a matter of time. The company recently released Apple TV, which essentially functions as a home-theatre-connected iPod to wirelessly play digital content from your computer on your widescreen TV, including movies, TV shows, music, photos and podcasts.”
 “Sports equipment retailer Nike has introduced sensor-enabled running shoes that provide up-to-the-minute performance data covering distance, time, pace and calories burned – directly to the runner's iPod nano.”
“That data can be downloaded to a web site for future analysis.  Again, it is just a matter of time before those sensors will communicate directly through a network, without the need for middleware,” says Engelbrecht.
Every year, billions of microprocessors are sold and embedded in everything from household appliances and toys to cars electronics and robotic systems for factories.  Most are not yet connected to a communications network but would benefit if they were. And in 15-20 years time, some futurists (for example, David Clarke from MIT) are predicting that more than one trillion devices, most of them wireless, will be connected to global networks.  This will exponentially increase bandwidth demands.
Nortel's combined experience in wired and wireless networks and in serving both enterprises and service providers gives it an edge over other vendors, according to Zafirovski.
Nortel also has a partnership with Microsoft to develop unified Internet protocol communications systems for enterprises and carriers.
The strategy is to deliver their shared vision for unified communications, which includes three new joint solutions to dramatically improve business communications by breaking down the barriers between voice, e-mail, instant messaging, multimedia conferencing and other forms of communication.