Verizon Telecom has chosen Nortel to provide a new generation of switching equipment to expand Verizon's metro Ethernet backbone.

The Nortel solution includes Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) and Ethernet OAM technologies. Nortel’s PBB-based solution is the most cost effective solution, enabling service providers to significantly scale their networks.
More than 30 customers worldwide selected Nortel’s Carrier Ethernet solution in 2007, including Dakota Carrier Network, Frontier Communications, Silk telecom, groupe-e and Shanghai Telecom, among others.
Verizon has chosen the Metro Ethernet Routing Switch (MERS 8600) technology. This platform provides Provider Backbone Bridge (PBB) technology, MPLS related technology, and the Metro Ethernet Manager (MEM) system.
Verizon will be testing all the MERS technologies in its laboratories for use with its Ethernet-based networks, including the Switched Ethernet Services (SES) network.
“We look forward to working with Verizon in expanding their metro Ethernet network with a next generation packet-based network infrastructure,” says Philippe Morin, president: Metro Ethernet Networks at Nortel.  “Our carrier Ethernet solution offers the flexibility and scalability to support the new applications and requirements Verizon needs.”