Bay Networks says merger will mean better service

Bay Networks says merger will mean better service

Now that Nortel has acquired Bay Networks, the networking vendor's customers can now expect added support and end-to-end networking solutions, a Bay regional official said recently.

Derrick Kon, marketing manager for Bay South Asia, also said that the acquisition was a good move on the part of both companies because it combines their complementary areas of expertise.

"Nortel is already 100 years in the WAN (wide area network) carrier space, while Bay is good in the data networking world," Kon said. "They bring together a very synergistic product portfolio. This combined partnership is aimed at providing end-to-end networking solutions."

Kon explained that it is still unclear what changes Bay will implement in Asia as it is "still going through the merger phase." Bay, however, will keep its corporate name even though it is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nortel.

The Philippines has been one of the growth areas for Bay in the region, Kon added. "We already have a fully sufficient sales, marketing and support office here," he said.

Meanwhile, Bay has announced two new switch products supporting Gigabit Ethernet (GE) technology.

With the standard for GE recently ratified, Bay is confident of high market demand for GE products, such as its new Accelar and BayStack 450 GE switches.

"With the ratification, customers are now confident in implementing Gigabit Ethernet solutions," Kon said. Accelar is intended as a core network switch, while the BayStack 450 is designed for the desktop, Kon said.

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