Former Cisco, Nortel, Lucent execs team up

Former executives from Cisco Systems, Lucent Technologies, and Nortel Networks today announced the formation of Maple Networks, a company that will develop multiservice optical switches. Maple Networks officials said its technology, which is still in development, will provide equipment to help provision and scale multiple types of services over optical networks.

Founders of the new venture include Phanindra Jujjavarapu, a former Cisco and Lucent executive; Sandip Chattpoadhya, formerly of Chipcom; Ravi Manghirmalani, former chief architect at Nortel; and Paul Zorabedian, who developed tunable laser technology at Hewlett-Packard. Maple Networks also said its new CEO will be Bill Joll, who was president of Nortel's European Market Solutions division.

Maple said its DWDM switches will help enable quality of service (QoS) in carrier networks by switching traffic based on MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) tags. The switches will interact with MPLS-aware routers to set up sessions with varying QoS requirements, according to the company.

Raza Foundries has invested $US9 million in the venture and will also provide engineering methodology, as well as management and operational support to Maple Networks.

Maple Networks, in San Jose, California, is at

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