John Roth: Northern Telecom's Net Game

Lucent Technologies may have stolen the telecom limelight in the past couple of years, but John Roth's $7 billion purchase of Bay Networks has put his Northern Telecom at center stage. The June 15 deal unites $15.5 billion Nortel and $2.2 billion Bay, joining a nimble old-line maker of telecom gear with a cutting-edge data-networking firm.

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