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Nortel to sell optical networking and carrier ethernet businesses


October 7, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

October 7, 2009

Nortel Networks Corp.—along with its principal operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Ltd., and certain of its other subsidiaries—has entered into a ‘stalking horse’ asset sale agreement with Ciena for its North American, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) and Asian optical networking and carrier ethernet businesses, and an asset sale agreement with Ciena for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) portion of its optical networking and carrier ethernet businesses for a purchase price of $390 million US in cash and 10 million shares of Ciena common stock.

These agreements include the planned sale of substantially all assets
of the optical networking and carrier ethernet businesses globally,
including Nortel’s OME 6500, OM 5000 and CPL platforms, its 40G/100G
technology, and the related services business. The agreements also
include all patents and intellectual property that are predominantly
used in the businesses, and provide for the transition of substantially
all of Nortel’s optical networking and carrier ethernet customer
contracts.

Under the terms of these agreements and subject to any changes that may
occur through the stalking horse and sale process, at least 2000
employees (more than 85% of the global optical networking and carrier
ethernet employee base) would be offered employment with Ciena. This
includes employees assigned to the optical networking and carrier
ethernet businesses in certain EMEA jurisdictions who would transfer to
Ciena by operation of law.

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