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Nortel sets out 2010 interconnectivity vision – 2010

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The communications industry is at an historic turning point represented by the intersection of three mega-trends: hyperconnectivity, communications-enabled applications and true broadband, writes Magda Engelbrecht, Nortel country manager.

By 2010, Nortel estimates there will be 10 devices connected to the network for every person using them and the network will need to support 5-billion connection points.
Customer and consumer demand for seamless “connectedness” at all times, and anywhere on any device is driving these trends. They also present challenges and an opportunity similar to those of the 1990’s fibre, Internet and wireless revolutions, and with 1980s digital transformation of communications.
Hyperconnectivity is a trend in which anything that can be connected to the network will be connected – encompassing person-to-person communication, person-to-machine and machine-to-machine.
Hyperconnectivity is fueling huge increases in bandwidth demand because of the complexity, diversity and integration of new applications and devices using the network. The complexity created by this explosion of devices and machine-to-machine traffic on the network is a challenge that businesses will have to face and solve.
The second mega-trend is the creation of a much richer communications experience and a more productive enterprise.
Nortel believes this will create significant new opportunities.  Nortel is partnering with companies like Microsoft, IBM and SAP to bring together the richness of new IT applications with the power of the telecom world.
The third mega-trend is the communications experience of anywhere, anytime, and on any device.
With the exponential growth of information and applications crossing the network, the network itself will need to be upgraded to support these new high-bandwidth requirements.
It will become essential for example, for people to be able to do on their mobile devices what they now do on their PCs, including the capability to view video. And this requires instant, always-available, high-speed access to the Internet – everywhere.
Of these trends, hyperconnectivity is the catalyst that is laying the foundation for change and for a new era in the communications world.
In short, we are moving toward an era where anything that can be connected and would benefit from being connected will be connected. Nortel’s strategic direction across our business – R&D, marketing, customer service, choice of strategic partners, and mergers and acquisitions – is focused on making it simple and profitable for our customers to capitalise on this turning point and make these connections.
Tomorrow’s enterprise will be a virtual enterprise. Businesses are moving outside their traditional four walls and we are about to see a dramatic increase in virtualisation across all fronts.
Nortel is transforming the enterprise with unified communications that bring together IP telephony, real-time multimedia, mobile and fixed desktops, and business process integration to eliminate delays that impact personal, workgroup and enterprise productivity.
Mobility and convergence are our focus – enabling our customers to deliver wireless broadband today. It allows customers to move their networks toward the kind of IP-based infrastructure that will enable them to benefit from new revenue-generating services and control the costs of their network infrastructure.  
Cost-effective, next-generation networks will be access agnostic, their effectiveness not dependent on what device is connecting to them. The next-generation of mobility will be driven by 4G in the carrier space. Wireline and wireless networks will converge around an IP platform.
Hyperconnectivity will place enormous stress on operators and enterprises to ensure their networks are deployed, managed and evolved to support the increased capacity and complexity – and to do so while containing costs.