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April 01, 2009 06:01 ET

Nortel Consumer Applications Provide Convenient Communications Anywhere-Even from Your Living Room Couch

Consumers Control Calls and Messages from Their Televisions

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2009) - Blending multimedia communications and TV entertainment, Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(OTCBB:NRTLQ) has enhanced it's portfolio of Carrier VoIP and Application solutions with the availability of the Communications Module (CM) 9520. The product enables consumers to control voice communications and text or picture messaging from their television using their TV remote control. Nortel announced the availability of the CM 9520 Release 1.0 today at The Cable Show(2) in Washington.

Targeted at both Multi-Service Operators (MSO) and broadband service providers, Nortel's CM 9520 provides consumers with enhanced options such as pop-up notifications that identify incoming calls by name and phone number on their TV screen. Using their remote, users can then choose to answer, reject or divert the call to voicemail or to a mobile phone. Consumers can also access call logs from their TV for incoming and missed calls and can then place a call simply by selecting the entry with their remote control.

In addition, Nortel's CM 9520 enables consumers to send and receive text messages and pictures on their TV, allowing them to interact with friends and family who are using mobile phones. The CM 9520 also allows broadband-only operators to deliver the same communications functionality on a personal computer (PC) using a PC-centric version of the software application.

"Nortel's converged communication and entertainment application allows service providers to create a more convenient and personalized user experience for their subscribers with benefits like caller ID, call logs and text or picture messages from their TV's," said Samih Elhage, president, Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions, Nortel. "Enabling service providers to enhance their consumer's entertainment experience with communications is just the beginning of our growing portfolio of VoIP and applications. We are focused on creating converged applications that will continue to help operators retain customers, increase revenue through new service offerings and stay competitive in a tough market."

Nortel's CM 9520 interworks with Nortel's DMS, Communication Server 1500, Communication Server 2000, and Adaptive Application Engine, which are currently being used by more than 340 carriers worldwide. The CM 9520 can also interface with third party softswitches and SIP application servers, giving MSOs and carriers a wide range of deployment options. The CM 9520 employs web-friendly client interfaces and resource-efficient adaptors enabling easy integration to a variety of different middleware systems, set-top-boxes (STBs), and other consumer electronics (CE) devices.

Nortel's CM 9520 is in trials with major service providers and has been selected by operators in North America including Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative(2) in Virginia, Grafton Telephone(2) in Illinois, Spruce Knob Seneca Rocks Telephone(2) in West Virginia and SwifTel(2) in South Dakota.

According to Dell'Oro Group(2), Nortel is the worldwide leader in carrier VoIP and has maintained that position for the last seven consecutive years (2002-2008). Nortel has shipped more than 100 million carrier IP voice and multimedia ports to over 340 carriers globally. Nortel provides VoIP solutions to two thirds of IDC's worldwide listing of top 20 carriers (by revenue).

To learn more about Nortel's consumer applications, visit us at the Cable Show, booth number 3735.

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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