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November 18, 2009 08:45 ET

Nortel Business Solution Gives CASSCOMM New Revenue Opportunities, Boosts Subscriber Loyalty

Nortel's Regional Class 5 Solution Enables Delivery of Advanced IP VoIP Services to Subscribers across Illinois

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 18, 2009) - Continuing its momentum in the regional carrier space, Nortel* (OTCBB:NRTLQ) Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) announced that CASSCOM has selected its Regional Class 5 solution to provide carrier-grade voice and multimedia services to business and residential subscribers to its Cass Telephone Company service area. Nortel's scalable, cost-effective carrier grade Regional Class 5 solutions help allow regional carriers like CASSCOMM to gracefully migrate legacy TDM networks to IP.

In an effort to stay ahead in a fast-paced world where time is money, subscribers increasingly expect their communications service provider to offer tools that keep them both connected and informed.

Nortel's market leading Communication Server (CS) 1500 Regional Class 5 solution allows CASSCOMM to deliver Centrex IP and SIP communication services to subscribers. Nortel's CS 1500 will also help to boost CASSCOMM's revenue potential and subscriber loyalty by allowing the carrier to introduce a number of new IP services like "Notify Plus" which equips CASSCOMM with the ability to turn landline phone into a powerful automated messaging service by allowing them to schedule automated calls to deliver recorded messages. The CS 1500 will also support a new "Phone Central" system that equips CASSCOMM with the ability to easily access and update a number of end user services, including: selective call forwarding, simultaneous and distinctive ringing, selective call rejection and acceptance and group speed dialing. Subscribers can also manage their calls from their PCs.

"CASSCOMMS prides itself on offering quality, leading-edge communications services to our customers," said GR Mansfield, CASSCOMM's Telecommunications Plant Manager. "Nortel's Regional Class 5 solution allows us to economically converge our network without jeopardizing existing services and at the same time deliver the new IP services that our subscribers expect from us."

"Nortel's carrier VoIP and multimedia solutions allow regional carriers like CASSCOMM to offer the same types of advanced telephony and multimedia services to their customers as carriers located in large metropolitan areas," said Samih Elhage, president, CVAS, Nortel. "Nortel has more than three decades of success supplying carrier infrastructure and services that make it easier and more cost-effective for regional carriers to migrate their legacy networks to IP, which helps improve their ability to meet subscriber needs today, while also providing a foundation to launch new revenue-generating voice and multimedia services in the future."

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 all in one single Class 5 solution. 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 like SIP Business Trunking on the CS 1500 designed to help carriers drive operational efficiencies, increase revenue potential and meet subscriber demands.

Nortel has over 30 years of experience in the Regional Market with dedicated solutions and support. Nortel has migrated over 36 million TDM lines to IP with 99 percent accuracy and we continue to be a trusted partner to many regional carriers looking to make the transition.

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 CASSCOMM

CASSCOMM has offered high quality services to its customers since 1898. One hundred and ten years later, CASSCOMM offers cable, internet and telephone services to thirty-two communities, including rural areas, throughout Central IL. For more information about CASSCOMM please visit the website at www.casscomm.com** or call 800.252.1799.

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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