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February 07, 2005 14:50 ET

Nortel Teams with Research In Motion to Integrate IP Telephony with BlackBerry Enterprise Platform






FEBRUARY 7, 2005 - 14:50 ET

Nortel Teams with Research In Motion to Integrate IP
Telephony with BlackBerry Enterprise Platform

ORLANDO, Fla.--(CCNMatthews - Feb 7, 2005) -

Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)
(TSX:RIM) today announced a joint initiative aimed at delivering secure,
full-featured, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled business
communications over wireless local area networks (LAN).

As a first step, the companies are focusing on providing
interoperability and integration between RIM's BlackBerry® enterprise
platform and Nortel's Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5100, a
critical component of Nortel's enterprise IP multimedia solution. This
collaboration brings unique synergies for enterprise customers by
joining Nortel's industry-leading networking and multimedia capabilities
and RIM's expertise in wireless enterprise solutions.

By integrating these systems, enterprise customers will be able to use
the new BlackBerry 7270™ to securely and reliably access IP
telephony, corporate e-mail and other business applications via the
wireless LAN.

Nortel and RIM are demonstrating a preview of the technology at VoiceCON
in Orlando this week (Nortel booth #401).

"In addition to supporting the traditional mobile user that requires
wide-area connectivity on a national or international basis, many
customers are looking for similar types of business solutions for their
on-campus employees so that productivity benefits can be extended
throughout the entire company. BlackBerry integration with Nortel's
telephony network products will help enterprise customers achieve that
goal in a powerful and cost-effective manner," said Larry Conlee, chief
operating officer at Research In Motion.

"Together, Nortel and RIM plan to take mobile communications to an
entirely new level. Both companies have embraced wireless standards and
SIP in the development of enterprise solutions, paving the way for the
integration of our technologies and vision. Today's announcement of our
efforts to mobilize on-campus workers with profoundly powerful
communications is an important first step that will bring enhanced
business capabilities to customers," said Malcolm Collins, president,
Enterprise Networks, Nortel.

"We look forward to building on this momentum with further initiatives
to enhance the human experience by providing a consistent end-user
experience regardless of location," Collins said.

Nortel's MCS 5100 enables businesses to augment existing voice and data
infrastructures with advanced IP-based capabilities and deliver a wide
range of applications including voice, call management, collaboration
tools and personalization services. Enterprise MCS users will be able to
securely take their communications suite including telephony, e-mail,
organizer, browser, company directory and more with them as they roam
their company's facilities. Nortel plans to extend the powerful Presence
and Instant Messaging capabilities of MCS across a wide range of
BlackBerry handhelds, including the WLAN based 7270.

The BlackBerry 7270 works in conjunction with BlackBerry Enterprise
Server v4.0 and BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, providing secure,
push-based integration with Microsoft® Exchange and IBM Lotus®
Domino™ as well as a robust wireless application platform for ISV's
and developers. The BlackBerry 7270 will operate on 802.11b networks and
incorporates voice and data capabilities. The BlackBerry 7270 supports
IP telephony that essentially extends desktop phone functionality to a
BlackBerry wireless handheld, allowing the user to place and receive
calls on the go. It utilizes SIP-based call control to deliver
standards-based interoperability with corporate telephony equipment.

Nortel's mobility solutions are based on open, industry standards. They
enable communications of all types, supporting IP multimedia, including
video conferencing, data, Internet access, traditional, cellular and
wireless local network-enabled voice and streaming applications. Nortel
has made secure, mobile connectivity available to hundreds of millions
of users worldwide.

BlackBerry is a leading wireless enterprise platform, providing secure,
push-based access to a wide range of applications on a variety of
wireless devices and networks around the world. The BlackBerry solution
for WLAN networks is designed to support many different industries and
environments including manufacturing, retail, hospitality, education and

Nortel and RIM have entered into a non-binding Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) documenting this important step in the companies'
relationship. The MOU is expected to be replaced in the near term with a
more detailed definitive agreement.

About Research In Motion

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of
innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications
market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and
services that support multiple wireless network standards, Research In
Motion provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to
time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging,
Internet and intranet-based applications. Research In Motion technology
also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers
to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to
data. Research In Motion's portfolio of award-winning products, services
and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around
the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the Research
In Motion Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development
tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded
in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, Research In Motion operates
offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Research In Motion is
listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit or

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About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities
that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and
secure and protect the world's most critical information. Serving both
service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative
technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP,
multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to
help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business
in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the
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Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking
and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or
events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual
results or events.

Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current
expectations include, among other things: the outcome of regulatory and
criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortel's
restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements,
penalties and expenses could have on Nortel's results of operations,
financial condition and liquidity; the findings of Nortel's independent
review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome
of the independent review with respect to revenues for specific
identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on
the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these
revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortel's previously announced
or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the
existence of material weaknesses in Nortel's internal controls over
financial reporting; the impact of Nortel's and NNL's failure to timely
file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including
breach of its support facility and public debt obligations and Nortel's
inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"); ongoing SEC
reviews, which may result in changes to our public filings; the
potential delisting or suspension of Nortel's and NNL's publicly traded
securities; the impact of management changes, including the termination
for cause of Nortel's former CEO, CFO and Controller in August 2004; the
sufficiency of Nortel's restructuring activities, including the work
plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004,
including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in
connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of
such actions;

cautious or reduced spending by Nortel's customers; fluctuations in
Nortel's operating results and general industry, economic and market
conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortel's cash flow, level
of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel's ability to
recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to
support Nortel's normal course business activities; the dependence on
Nortel's subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel's defined
benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and
Nortel's cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation
in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and
similar matters; Nortel's dependence on new product development and its
ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel's
ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired
businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and
market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to
international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in
emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate
fluctuations; the impact of rationalization in the telecommunications
industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the
credit risks of Nortel's customers and the impact of customer financing
and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of
acceleration of the settlement date or early settlement, which is
currently not available, of Nortel's forward purchase contracts; the
impact of Nortel's supply and outsourcing contracts that contain
delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in
the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; and the
future success of Nortel's strategic alliances.

For additional information with respect to certain of these and other
factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel with the SEC. Unless otherwise
required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention
or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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