Verizon Wants to Put Kibosh on Nortel-Avaya Deal

verizonlogoVerizon has come out against Nortel selling its enterprise telephony business to Avaya, which has offered about $475 million for it, because neither the seller nor the buyer want to take on the contracts to service the equipment currently installed in U.S. government and business offices. Verizon provides connectivity to those offices (and the devices in them) and is worried that it would be stuck with any equipment that fell into disrepair. Put another way: Verizon might be forced to pay for new gear, which would cut into the fat margins on those government contracts. Verizon has filed a motion to block the sale, which you can read here.

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