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September 25, 2009 06:00 ET

Nortel Government Solutions Awarded 3-Year IDIQ Contract by NOAA

IPES Award Paves Way For Mission-Critical IT Support To NESDIS

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - Nortel Government Solutions (NGS), a U.S. company wholly owned by Nortel(1) (OTCBB:NRTLQ), announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected NGS as a prime contractor on the Instrument Processing Engineering Support –III (IPES-III) contract. Through the IPES contract, NGS will provide a wide array of IT support services to the Office of Systems Development (OSD) Ground Systems Division (GSD) of the NOAA Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). The contract's period of performance is August 10th 2009 - August 9th 2012. The estimated value is $5.0M.

As part of the IPES contract, NGS, along with sub-contractors Integral Systems, Inc. and Carr Astronautics will provide NESDIS OSD with highly specialized support and expertise associated with the design and development of end-to-end solutions for the current series of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) ground system components. These systems are critical for the continuity of the GOES constellation and vital for predicting and tracking the formation of hurricanes. This contract provides multi-faceted support and an architectural upgrade to ensure the evolution and enhancement of NOAA's NESDIS operational weather forecasting capabilities.

"NGS has provided mission-critical systems support to NOAA since 2001," said Chuck Saffell, CEO of Nortel Government Solutions. "We are proud of the high-caliber scientific and technical support we have provided to NOAA over the years and are convinced that the re-architecting of the GOES system will provide operational, maintenance, and reliability dividends for NOAA while reducing maintenance costs in the future."

The NGS-proposed architecture to be implemented under the IPES-III contract significantly reduces ground system life-cycle costs, improves future standardization between component systems, standardizes operation and maintenance of operational ground equipment, enhances IT security, and provides continuity of operation for GOES satellites.

It also reduces the system's footprint and power requirements and will enable the performance of hardware or software upgrades without incurring long system downtimes.

About Nortel Government Solutions

Nortel Government Solutions is a network-centric integrator, providing the services expertise, mission-critical systems and secure communications that empower government to ensure the security, livelihood, and well being of its citizens. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., Nortel Government Solutions offers a one-stop shop for solutions designed to improve workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, and streamline inter-agency communications. Please visit www.nortelgov.com for more information.

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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