January 05, 2005 09:01 ET

Shaw Cablesystems Deploys Multimedia Solutions from Nortel; Cable Operator to Offer Residential Customers Range of Value-Rich Multimedia Services




JANUARY 5, 2005 - 09:01 ET

Shaw Cablesystems Deploys Multimedia Solutions from
Nortel; Cable Operator to Offer Residential Customers
Range of Value-Rich Multimedia Services

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan 5, 2005) -

Shaw Cablesystems G.P., one of the largest Canadian multi-system cable
operators, has deployed multimedia solutions from Nortel
(NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT), extending value-added multimedia communication
services to its residential broadband customers across Western Canada.

"Nortel's multimedia solution gives our high-speed Internet customers
access to the most advanced voice, video and instant messaging
technologies available today," said Michael D'Avella, senior vice
president, Planning, Shaw Communications. "Nortel's cable multimedia
solution gives us the reliable network foundation to offer our broadband
customers a variety of value added services."

Shaw's network includes Nortel's Multimedia Communication Server (MCS)
5200, a platform that enables enhanced communications regardless of
location, access type or media. This solution is based on Session
Initiation Protocol (SIP), which is an industry standard designed to
deliver a variety of multimedia services including desktop video
calling, voice call management, instant messaging, collaboration tools,
and personalization services. Shaw plans to offer these services in
conjunction with its high-speed Internet service and is expected to be
the first cable operator in Canada to offer SIP-based multimedia

"Nortel's SIP-based multimedia solutions are redefining communications
by eliminating the traditional boundaries evident across multiple
geographies and enabling consumers the freedom to communicate easily
using the media of their choice including voice, video, text or data,"
said Dan Mondor, general manager, Cable Solutions, Nortel. "Cable
operators like Shaw are rapidly adopting these new technologies and are
taking the lead in extending multimedia services to consumers who want
to simplify and enhance their communications."

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
Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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 Nortel's
independent review and planned restatement or revisions of its
previously announced or filed financial results; the resolution of the
accounting issues announced on November 11, 2004, including the outcome
of discussions with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC); the impact of the management changes announced on April 28, 2004
and August 19, 2004; the impact of the inability to meet Nortel's filing
obligations on support facilities and public debt obligations; any
potential delisting or suspension of the Company's or NNL's securities;
the adverse resolution of litigation, investigations, intellectual
property disputes and similar matters; 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; the communication by Nortel's auditors of the
existence of material weaknesses in internal controls; Nortel's ability
to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in Nortel's cash
flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; 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 flows; 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 of Nortel's 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 Form 10-Q/A and Form 10-K/A 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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