The local Bay team has been heartened by the news that the organisation will continue as a separate business unit and by Nortel CEO John Roth's promise that no jobs will be lost.
However, it is probably true to say that until full local implications of the merger become apparent there will be no Woodstock lovefest here just yet. That was the analogy used by David House to describe the company's feeling on the merger in the US.
Steve Rust, local managing director told ARN that the local operation would wait to see how the restructuring of the company filtered down to a country level. However, he was relatively confident that there would be minimal impact locally.
"Bay has been successful. Locally we've been achieving 30 per cent quarter on quarter growth."
Rust also said that he couldn't see any reason why Bay's local partners and resellers would be greatly affected by the merger, except that over time it could give them access to some additional products. He assured resellers that Bay's new channel program which was announced last week would not be affected by the merger.