Nortel Expands VoIP Options for SMBs

Nortel Networks will continue its convergence push into the small and midsize business space on Nov. 15 when it broadens its portfolio of LAN switches and mobility offerings.

Nortel will fill out its convergence-ready LAN switches for SMBs first launched in September with a pair of new Business Ethernet Switches aimed at small workgroups and midsize installations.

Nortel’s SMB push is designed to deliver cheap and simple-to-deploy networking technology that allows SMBs to migrate more easily to IP telephony when they are ready, according to Richard Solosky, director of product marketing for Nortel, in Nashville, Tenn.

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The new BES 200 line of 10/100 and Gigabit Ethernet switches provides a larger form factor than the existing BES 100 line in order to connect between 50 and 100 users. The BES 200 includes 24- and 48-port options with POE (power over Ethernet) available on half of the ports. Up to four of the units can be stacked to support a maximum of 192 users, and versions are available without POE.

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