August 29, 2005 22:00 ET

Converged Networking Solutions from Nortel to Power China Life-Saving Initiative; Five Water Utilities Integrate Communications to Monitor Flood-Prone Rivers

BEIJING--(CCNMatthews - Aug 29, 2005) -

To protect against loss of life from catastrophic floods that hit China each year during the annual rainy season, five major China water resource utilities are establishing critical, real-time flood control monitoring and drought relief systems based on converged voice, data and multimedia networking solutions from Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT).

According to China's Ministry of Water Resources, floods, typhoons and landslides triggered by heavy rains have struck 27 of China's 31 mainland provinces so far in 2005 and the current flood season is far from over. While seasonal downpours are causing problems in some provinces, other areas of China are suffering from drought.

The five utilities establishing integrated life-saving flood monitoring and drought relief systems using Nortel technology include the water resource departments of Guangdong province, Anhui province, and Henan province, and the water resources commissions of Huai River and Hai River. The Nortel solutions will also enable improved water resources management, and 'anytime, anywhere' communications for utilities personnel.

"Nortel technology is set to play a key role in protecting the Chinese people against the devastation of seasonal floods and droughts as we work with the water resource utilities of these five flood-susceptible areas to enable new levels of collaboration and real-time information sharing," said Stephen Tsui, chief operating officer, Greater China, Nortel. "We have a proven track record of helping China's water resources industry protect business-critical information, streamline communication, drive cost-efficiencies, and enhance the human experience for employees and end-users. That now includes helping save lives."

The current contract builds on an earlier Nortel success with the Water Resources Department of Anhui province. In 2004, the Anhui department deployed a provincial backbone, based on Nortel multiservice switches, for a flood control and drought relief project covering the Huai River and the Yangzi River. The project involved connecting various water resources management functions across the region, and integrating data, voice, fax and video traffic over a single WAN (wide area network) link for branch offices, regional offices and central sites.

During the 2004 and 2005 rainy seasons, according to Anhui Water Resources Department engineering personnel, the Nortel solution successfully demonstrated its carrier-grade reliability, stability and quality in providing the data required for effective flood monitoring and the protection of lives and property.

The Nortel systems deployed by the five water utilities comprise a number of key products and solutions in Nortel's e-Government portfolio. These include the high-capacity Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Multiservice Switches, VPN (virtual private network) routers, and Multiservice Access Switches as well as a range of Nortel IP telephony solutions based on Nortel Communication Server 1000 and Nortel Multimedia Communication Server 5100.

Nortel is a leading provider of communications solutions for utility companies worldwide, leveraging expertise in such new technologies as IP telephony, Optical Ethernet, and advanced multiservice switching. In China, Nortel has a long history of providing enterprise information networking across a broad range of industries. In addition to utilities, Nortel supplies communications solutions designed to be secure and reliable to energy, educational, financial and government institutions.

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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

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