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Nortel was a large Canadian telecommunications company and one of the oldest technology companies. It was founded in Montreal. The company started making phones in 1895 and the company was called Northern Electric and Manufacturing Company.

At the end of the 20th century Nortel had over ninety thousand employees. Nortel's value formed thirty percent of the capital of the Toronto Stock Exchange.[1]

Nortel filed for bankruptcy in 2009. [2] In 2020 the Vancouver Sun speculated that corporate espionage by Huawei caused Nortel’s failure. [1]

The First 100 Years[change | change source]

  • 1895 The company was created
  • 1900 The company started making wind-up phonographs.
  • 1913 Headquarters moved to Montreal
  • 1914 The Company merged with Imperial Cable
  • 1922 The Company started making radios
  • 1928 The company made the first talking movie sound system
  • 1953 The company started making television sets
  • 1958 The world's longest microwave system
  • 1969 Started engineering digital telephone system
  • 1972 Opened a factory in Michigan USA
  • 1975 Shipped first digital phone system
  • 1976 The company changes names to Northern Telecom
  • 1977 The company started selling digital central office telephone systems
  • 1984 The company was the first non-Japanese company to supply equipment to Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  • 1995 The company starts engineering of a terabit switch

References[change | change source]

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