Tejas is a privately-owned company whose investors include including Sycamore Networks founder (and former Queen’s University teacher) Gururaj Deshpande, venture capitalists Battery Ventures and Mayfield, Sycamore, Sandstone Capital, Intel Capital and the Sun Group.
Light Reading has an in-depth story looking at Nortel’s ambitious Wi-Max strategy following a presentation at Nortel’s Maidenhead site in the U.K.
With $100-million of R&D spending now on Wi-Max, it is clearly a major strategic priority for Nortel. However, Heavy Reading analyst Patrick Donegan has his reservations in light of the fact Nortel has lost out to rivals such as Motorola, Nokia and Samsung for large Wi-Max contracts.
Donegan said Motorola and Samsung have “the key competitive advantage of major customers driving their R&D programs – Nortel currently has no such lead customer.” He suggests that Nortel is not aligned with the rest of the industry when it comes to the use of multiple antenna technologies.