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October 22, 2009 09:01 ET

Coalfields Selects Nortel's Regional Carrier Class 5 Solution for Network Migration

Nortel's Industry-Leading CS 1500 Softswitch Gives Coalfields Subscribers Advanced SIP-Based Voice over Broadband Cable Services

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2009) - Coalfields Telephone has selected Nortel(1) (OTCBB:NRTLQ) Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) regional class 5 Solution to provide advanced carrier-grade voice and multimedia services to residential and business subscribers across Eastern Kentucky.

Nortel's market leading Communication Server (CS) 1500 will help to improve the communications experience for Coalfield Telephone's business and residential subscribers by allowing them to enjoy click-to-call, unified messaging and single number service capabilities. Coalfields will be able to offer these same powerful services out of territory to the company's InterMountain Cable subscribers. Nortel's CS 1500 also allows Coalfields to offer advanced web-enabled communication services which gives homes and businesses greater access to the world wide broadband network and the ability to enjoy and experience the same advanced services available in larger metropolitan areas.

"Coalfields goal is to give our residential and business customers the latest and most innovative communication services available today," said John Schmoldt, director of operations, CoalfieldsTelephone. "We have relied on Nortel technology and expertise for nearly 30 years and they continue to help us provide reliable, robust and advanced communication services to our customers."

"Nortel's long-standing relationship with Coalfields Telephone and their continued investment in our CVAS portfolio is a testament to our unmatched and industry-leading ability to evolve carrier networks to IP," said Samih Elhage, president, CVAS, Nortel. "Nortel's regional class 5 solution continues to allow Coalfields to reduce capital expenses associated with traditional telephony networks while also delivering advanced SIP communication capabilities to subscribers, such as click-to-call, unified messaging and single number service. These advanced SIP capabilities give subscribers a more enjoyable and productive communications experience."

Nortel's CS 1500 is a second-generation, true IP softswitch solution that bundles with it a session border control, gateways and an application server. This solution provides a TDM evolution path to state of the art IP networks and VoIP communication services. The CS 1500 also allows carriers to expand residential offerings with flexible converged IP communication bundles conveniently accessible not only from traditional telephone sets, but also from an IPTV or a personal computer. Earlier this year, Nortel unveiled new product enhancements to CS 1500 designed to help carriers drive operational efficiencies, increase revenue potential and meet subscriber demands.

The CS 1500 solution allows service providers to offer a core VoIP bundle that includes advanced phone services for the home like affordable VoIP lines for each member of the family, advanced call control features and single number service for both fixed and mobile phones. The core bundle also includes an integrated web portal, a web-based tool that allows users to take control of their communications by defining how calls are routed based on time of day, day of the week or caller ID as well as the ability to configure ringing profiles so that calls ring only on the home phone, simultaneously on the home phone and the mobile phone, or in sequence.

Nortel is demonstrating the CS 1500 along with a number of carrier IP innovations at its Supercomm booth (#2120) in Chicago this week. For more information on Nortel at Supercomm, visit www.nortel.com/events.

Nortel has shipped more than 115 million Carrier VoIP and Multimedia ports to more than 350 wireline and wireless carriers globally. According to Infonetics Research's recent report, Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers Market Share, Size, and Forecasts - 2Q09, Nortel kept its global leadership position for carrier softswitches with 30.2 percent market share. Furthermore, according to Infonetics, during the second quarter of 2009, Nortel kept its position as the dominant softswitch supplier in both North America and EMEA. According to Dell'Oro, Nortel has consistently been ranked as the #1 Global Carrier VoIP and Softswitch leader since 2002. Nortel CVAS has customer deployments in all continents with leading carriers and provides VoIP solutions to two thirds of IDC's worldwide listing of top 20 carriers (by revenue).

About Coalfields Telephone

Coalfields Telephone Company has a 47 year history that is marked by commitment, hard work and unparalleled pride in the character and scope of our service to customers. We have kept pace with technology to meet our customers' needs. Coalfields offers basic telephone service in the areas of Grethel, Harold, and Wheelwright including the communities of Beaver, Betsy Layne. Bevinsville, Buckingham, Bypro, Hurricane Road, Ivel, Melvin, Stanville, Teaberry, Toler, Tram, and Weeksbury. They also provide solutions for video, data, Internet, wireless, long distance, network management and consulting needs. For more information, see www.coalfields.net.(2)

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 www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

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