If there is one thing analysts can agree on when it comes to Nortel Networks Corp. it is that the last 12 months have been less than impressive. The Brampton, Ont.-based company has taken a beating in the stock market and currently has some 20,000 layoffs in the works. Nortel also announced last month that it has abandoned its line of products for DSL providers, which it invested nearly US$800 million last year.