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October 22, 2009 09:01 ET

Nortel CVAS Gives Regional Carriers Cost-Effective, Seamless VoIP Evolution Path

Enhancing Regional Class5 VoIP Solution to Third Party Legacy TDM Networks

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2009) - Strengthening its leadership in delivering scalable, cost-effective carrier grade Regional Class 5 solutions that gracefully migrate legacy TDM networks to IP, Nortel(1) (OTCBB:NRTLQ) Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions (CVAS) announced that it has enhanced its Communication Server (CS) 1500 regional Class 5 solution by integrating with GENBAND'S G2(R) Compact Gateway. The integrated solution further expands Nortel's Regional Class 5 footprint to operators with third party legacy TDM switches.

Nortel's CS 1500 Regional Class 5 solution provides Nortel's TDM customer base easy migration to IP, cost savings and a view to the world of powerful SIP applications. The integrated solution, announced at the Supercomm(2) 2009 tradeshow in Chicago, helps regional carriers using several widely deployed, but no longer supported, third party legacy switches to consolidate their Class 5 offices through seamless migration to VoIP.

Nortel's CS 1500 regional Class 5 VoIP solution and the G2 can be deployed together to deliver a 50 percent savings when replacing a legacy switch. This savings is possible because the legacy line equipment is preserved while the core is completely modernized with IP switching and gateway equipment. A modernized core also helps regional providers to deliver innovative applications to subscribers, including unified messaging, on-demand conferencing, and single number service over legacy TDM switches.

"Our main objective is to give our customers the latest and most innovative telecommunications services and products available while at the same time ensuring they have reliable carrier-grade communications service," said John E. Koller, Vice President, ATC Communications. "The integrated Nortel-GENBAND solution helps us to meet that objective because it enables us to seamlessly and cost-effectively migrate our legacy TDM network to IP, without disrupting our subscriber's communications experience."

"Nortel is investing in innovative regional Class 5 VoIP solutions 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," said Samih Elhage, president, CVAS, Nortel. "Nortel has a proven competency in delivering best-in-class carrier IP solutions that evolve legacy networks to IP. We have 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."

Service providers can rely on Nortel's ongoing investment in the future of TDM to IP migration of both Nortel and legacy third party TDM switches. The G2 gateway is fully integrated into Nortel's operations and support processes and is fully backed by Nortel's service and support team. Nortel has completed extensive testing and field trials of the integrated solution to ensure feature transparency. The advantage to the end user is that they can experience all the latest innovative applications without having to replace their old phones or learn new features.

"By integrating with Nortel's carrier infrastructure IP solutions, we are giving regional carriers the tools they need to increase revenues, decrease costs and improve subscriber loyalty," said Charlie Vogt, president and chief executive officer, GENBAND. "Our combined efforts help regional carriers to deploy best-in-class, next-generation networks in a simple and cost-effective manner."

Nortel has over 30 years experience in the Regional Market with dedicated solutions and support. Last month, Nortel introduced new enhancements to the CS 1500, including SIP business trunking, remote upgrades and Hunt Group queuing capabilities.

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).

Nortel is demonstrating 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. For more information on GENBAND, visit www.genband.com(2).

About Nortel

Nortel delivers 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. 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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