Networking giant Nortel Networks has bought consultant Dimension Enterprises to provide it with data centre design skills.
The acquisition is seen as a key plank in Nortel's bid to build up its consultancy business.
Kannankote Srikanth, president of Nortel's global professional services group, said the company is also seeking further partnerships or acquisitions to beef up the unit.
Dimension services are aimed at application service providers, and its customers include BT, AT&T and Global One.
The company's 100 staff will be integrated into Nortel's professional services unit, which already has 1,500 employees. Nortel hopes the division will account for five per cent of its total revenue by 2002.
"Nortel's consultants are good at architecting network infrastructures, but there was a big gap in our data centre capabilities. Dimension provides data centre design, architecture and integration to networks and backbones," said Srikanth.
Dimension focuses on five areas: network service management, Internet infrastructure, unified messaging, customer care and network integration with applications such as billing.
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