November 20, 2008 04:00 ET

BT Spain Takes Up Nortel Solution for Delivering IP Powered Business Communication Services

Reaching Out to Corporate and SMBs with New Centrex IP and SIP Multimedia Services

MADRID, SPAIN--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2008) - BT Spain(2) has introduced BT iComms, a new Unified Communications service based on Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) IP Powered Business communications solution. BT iComms will unlock opportunities for new service revenue by providing carrier-grade hosted voice and multimedia services to businesses throughout Spain. The solution helps enable increased workforce productivity and efficiency by making information easier to share while also reducing travel and expenses through videoconferencing or teleworking capabilities.

The new carrier hosted business solution from Nortel enables BT Spain to deliver Centrex IP and SIP multimedia services to corporate customers and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), allowing them to benefit from the latest communications services without having to invest in new infrastructure.

"Nortel has consistently proven its ability to design, deploy and support some of the world's most reliable networks," said Jacinto Cavestany, country manager of BT Spain. "Using the latest Nortel IP Powered Business services deployment, based on SIP protocols, BT Spain will be able to offer simple and more affordable services to businesses in Spain. BT iComms integrates voice applications with messaging so that user productivity can be increased by as much as 15 percent. In a company with 200 employees, this can mean a performance improvement valued at as much as one million Euros in the first year of operation".

"Nortel's Unified Communications solutions are helping corporations respond more rapidly and effectively to the difficult challenges of today's business environment by simplifying communications and streamlining business processes," said Fernando Valdivielso, vice president, Nortel Iberia. "With BT iComms, BT can offer its customers a balanced package of hosted advanced communications capabilities without the cost and resources required for each business to buy and deploy their own technology."

Nortel's VoIP infrastructure solutions, products and services deliver fully-featured, carrier-grade telephony, data and multimedia services over multi-service packet networks. The customized VoIP solution for BT Spain is based on the Nortel Communication Server (CS) 2000, the market-leading IP Multimedia softswitch that supports a wide range of voice and multimedia business features with industry-standard VoIP protocols. Due to its strategic architecture, including consolidated local, tandem and long distance capabilities, the Nortel solution enables BT Spain to cost-effectively transition to an IP network required for hosting unified communications without needing to invest in overlay solutions.

BT Spain has also relied on deployment, integration and configuration services from the Nortel Global Services portfolio for BT iComms.

The end-to-end solution also includes customer premise equipment (CPE) for end users, including Nortel SIP phones 1120E and 1140E.and SIP PC Clients, and provides the foundation for future support of fixed mobile convergence and unified communication services.

Nortel's SIP IP Powered Business Communication makes it possible for BT iComms to offer services that blend traditional PBX services together with new advanced multimedia services such as presence, instant messaging, video calling and collaboration tools. New generation services are also available for businesses like personal agent on the web with advanced call routing, unified messaging capabilities and WIFI access. These services are available to end users from their desk, telephone or PC terminal, from their office or remote location within Spain, without the need to invest in new infrastructure.

Nortel provides VoIP and multimedia solutions to many of the world's leading service providers. According to Dell'Oro Group, Nortel is the worldwide leader in carrier VoIP and has maintained that position for the last six years (2002-2007). Nortel has deployed over seven million SIP lines and has shipped more than 95 million carrier VoIP ports to more than 300 carriers globally.

About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

BT is proud to be the Official Communications Services Partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In the year ended 31 March 2008, BT Group's revenue was Pounds Sterling 20,704 million with profit before taxation and specific items of Pounds Sterling 2,506 million.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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