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June 16, 2009 06:00 ET

Nortel Helps Schools and Universities Build 21st Century Education System

Network Solutions Lower Costs, Enhance Collaboration, Enable E-Learning

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) – Innovative networking solutions from Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(OTCBB:NRTLQ) are helping Carroll County Public Schools(2) in Maryland, the School District of Philadelphia(2) and other K-12 districts throughout the world to build better education systems. Higher education institutions like Baltimore's Coppin State University(2) and the University of Virginia(2) are also turning to Nortel to help educate and train the workforce of tomorrow.

Schools everywhere and of all sizes are looking for ways to transform the learning experience and facilitate learning and collaboration beyond school hours and classroom walls. Exploding bandwidth requirements are also straining their current networks just as teachers' and students' expectations for more innovative learning tools continue to grow. Attracting and retaining staff and students, enhancing campus security, and improving student achievement also top the list of concerns while funding remains a significant challenge.

Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) in Maryland needed a new networking solution to enable students to learn from any place, at any time, and empower their staff and teachers to communicate more effectively. Their existing network was made up of costly leased circuits and strained to meet the growing capacity needs of users. For a better approach, CCPS teamed with Nortel to build an innovative, IP-based community network that serves the needs of the public library, Carroll Community College, county government, in addition to the public school system. As designed and funded, the network will connect 93 public buildings over 110 miles of fibre-optic cable and enable distance learning, unified communications, videoconferencing, IP security cameras and a card-swipe entry system.

"The cooperative effort has been a huge positive," said Gary Davis, chief information officer, CCPS. "By partnering with other public entities, we are all benefiting from the economies of scale. It's good government and gives our taxpayers more bang for their buck. And I have to say that Nortel already had this vision of the community network, and we were able to use it."

Nortel also devised a solution for the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), the ninth largest U.S. school district comprised of more than 160,000 students. SDP now provides almost 300 buildings with high-speed, high-bandwidth connections for data communications, computing and collaboration — 1,000 times the capacity of the district's previous network. Further, it has opened the door to a new set of applications including in-class video conferencing and streaming, advanced professional development, benchmark testing, online standardized curriculum and testing, enhanced security and automated notification systems.

"We were looking for a solution with the flexibility and scalability to meet the network growth we anticipate over the next five to ten years. We're very confident we now have such a network in place," said Bob Westall, deputy chief information officer, SDP. "Nortel's network upgrade is helping us make tremendous strides in improving student achievement by using technology as the cornerstone for providing a large and diverse student body with advanced educational tools."

Coppin State University in northwest Baltimore also chose to upgrade its education solution with Nortel. Coppin State now has 100 'smart' classrooms connected to its new network and each has a desktop station for every one of its nearly 4,000 students. The classrooms also have audio-visual projectors, DVDs, VCRs, desktop PCs, wireless microphones and sound systems. Secure access and wireless services complete the solution and enable learning to take place outside traditional campus walls as well as improve accessibility to public safety. Coppin State is now working with Nortel to communication-enable the School's new sports complex.

"Nortel has been instrumental in helping transform our teaching, research and administrative environments," said Dr. Ahmed El-Haggan, vice-president, IT services and chief information officer, Coppin State University. "Our technology capabilities are also giving us a competitive advantage in attracting students, retaining top faculty, and optimizing the overall operational efficiency of our School."

Increasing government regulations and the desire to be 'green' while saving money are also prompting education decision makers to adopt a Nortel networking solution. A Nortel network consumes up to 40 percent less energy than comparable networks. With Nortel networking and IP telephony equipment, schools can realize approximately 40 percent savings in electricity costs.

Nortel's commitment to education also extends into the classroom to help teachers engage 21st Century learners. The Nortel LearniT 21st Centurye-Teacher Initiative offers free online self-paced courses that give teachers the tools they need to quickly and effectively make their classrooms 21stCentury ready. Nortel LearniT's 21stCentury e-Teacher Initiative will become the basis of a new course offerings this fall through the University of Virginia's School of Continuing and Professional Development.

More than 10,000 education customers worldwide have installed communications solutions from Nortel. Nortel education customers include Consortium for School Networking's 2009 TEAM Award winner North Kansas City Schools, Kentucky Department of Education, Saskatoon Public Schools, Georgia Perimeter College, Indiana University, ChinaUniversity of Petroleum, RMIT University of Australia, Accrington& Rossendale College in the United Kingdom, and many more.

Visit www.nortel.com/educationfor more information.

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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