Nortel preparing for unwired enterprise

802.11n will change everything, says Nortel

Nortel has created a new strategy for all-wireless offices it dubs the "Unwired Enterprise," which focuses on OFDM/MIMO coverage, wireless integration and universal mobility across other wireless networks.

Jake Power, Nortel's director of marketing for converged data networks, said that the upcoming 802.11n standard represents a fundamental change in capacity and growth.

"When 802.11n is ratified next year we will, theoretically, have access to up to 600 Mbps of bandwidth. This is a huge increase over what we have now."

At 600 Mbps, Wi-Fi would have the capability of delivery HDTV short distances. In reality, however, 802.11n will likely not deliver to that level.

"With 802.11n we have 540 Mbps in theory, but in practice this will be closer to 200," says Mark Tauschek, senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research.

From Nortel's perspective, 802.11n is part of a push for the "Hyperconnected" enterprise, one in which pervasive broadband is enabled by simplified wireless integration with data infrastructures, and where there is a common management system.

"Once you get into the hundreds of megs in terms of scale," says Power, "you are then looking at customers that are considering going completely wireless."

It also offers the promise of mobility across other wireless networks. Power noted that Nortel has demonstrated seamless hand-off from Wi-Fi to WiMAX, from building to car, with the same signal transferred at the press off a button.

"T-Mobile is already doing something like this with voice off of cellular networks in the U.S.," says Tauschek. "You can roam from carrier to a wireless LAN. The call can go through an older TDM system, or a VOIP PBX."

Not surprisingly, the carriers are reluctant to push dual-mode handsets where users can leave their networks to pick up free VOIP off a WLAN. However, they may not have a choice.

"All you need is an appliance at the enterprise level that controls the roaming between the enterprise network and the carrier network," says Tauschek. "With dual mode handsets there will be seamless mobile to mobile convergence in the next few years."

And 802.11n will be a big part of that story, specifically at the enterprise level. "This network will deliver huge performance improvements in a broader range," says Power.

Join the newsletter!


Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tim Wilson

Network World Canada
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill


I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?