Nortel Networks Corp. today unveiled new telecommunications technology, based on Alteon WebSystems Inc. switches, designed to give Internet content providers the ability to provide new services.
Alteon's Web switches smooth out traffic over the Internet, speeding up data transmission by spreading the load out among servers on the network. Nortel intends its product offering to use this capability to add a layer of network intelligence -- switches that understand the difference between a text file download and a video clip, and can adapt to the personal preferences of individual Internet users.
Nortel is competing with other companies in the field of personalizing the Web experience, notably Akamai Technologies Inc., which is rolling out capabilities for Web sites to recognize the geographic location of online visitors and has teamed up with content providers and profiling companies to optimize the service.
Nortel, in Brampton, Ontario, can be reached at +1-905-238-7000, or via the Web at http://www.nortelnetworks.com/.