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July 22, 2009 09:01 ET

Nortel Enhances Leading Carrier VoIP Communications Server 1500

Allows Carriers to Cost-Effectively Deliver Enhanced IP Voice and Multimedia Business Services

TORONTO,ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) – Committed to delivering leadingtechnologies to regional and rural localexchange carriers, Nortel(1) (OTCBB:NRTLQ) enhanced its portfolio ofcarrier VoIP and application solutions with the latest release of its Communications Server (CS) 1500. Expected to be available in the third quarter 2009,its new features will allow carriers to be more efficient by taking advantageof remote upgrades and introducing new billing, operations, administration andmaintenance capabilities.

Inaddition, the latest enhancements to the CS 1500 utilize SIP business trunkingto help carriers meet the demands of their small and medium-size business (SMB)customers and offer a single broadbandconnection with both voice and data traffic to SMBs with on-site PBX's. This helps SMBs cut costs by paying only for thecapacity they need and use, rather than purchasing a large amount of fixedcapacity. The CS 1500 also enables carriers to deliver IP-Poweredapplications like unified messaging, click-to-call, single-number service andend user web portals.

"Nortel hasstrengthened its carrier VoIP products through key solution enhancements," saidDiane Myers, directing analyst, Infonetics Research. "What is importantfor rural and regional carriers is high performance platforms that offer thesame reliability and features as legacy circuit switches and also scale to matchtheir current and future network plans."

"Nortelhas long recognized the need for carriers of all shapes and sizes to find acost-effective way to offer advanced voice and multimedia services to businessand residential subscribers," said Samih Elhage, president, Carrier VoIP andApplication Solutions, Nortel. "The new CS 1500 product enhancements demonstrate our continued commitment todelivering consistent, reliable andhigh-quality business voice and multimedia solutions to carriers across theglobe."

Nortel'snew CS 1500 product enhancements help carriers deliver next-generation IP voiceand multimedia features that improve the communications experience for bothbusiness and residential subscribers. The enhancements also include coreinfrastructure upgrades, which help carriers decrease costs and improvetime-to-market.

CS1500 Enhancements include:

  • SIP Business Trunking: Provides carriers an IP connection to PBXs, which allows them to use a single broadband connection for both voice and data traffic to businesses with on-site PBXs. Having a single connection helps cut costs because it eliminates the need to invest in costly (and less functional) TDM media gateways or PRI trunks to interface with the PSTN.
  • Remote upgrades: Provides a more cost-effective method of applying a software release. When the remote upgrade method is used, a Nortel technician can access the carrier's switch remotely to direct the software upgrade.
  • Hunt Group Queuing: Allows business subscribers to ensure that important calls do not go unanswered. If all lines in a hunt group are engaged, incoming calls are placed in a queue while they are waiting to be answered, and connected as soon as a line is free.
  • Contact Center Interoperability: Enterprise customers using Nortel's Business Communication Manager and Communication Server 1000 can be assured that their contact centers will continue to process calls trouble free with the CS 1500 as their connection to the outside world.
  • Standard Service Profiles with Graphical User Interface: This simplifies the carrier's task of provisioning a variety of service packages to residential subscribers.

Nortel's Carrier VoIP experts will be on hand at OPASTCO's 46thAnnual Summer Convention and Tradeshow(2) July25-29th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Nortelhas a strong track record of successes with sales to regional carriersglobally. Nortel's CS 1500 is created specifically to address the budgetaryconstraints of the regional carrier market allowing them to offer the sameadvanced voice and multimedia services to their customers as carriers locatedin large metropolitan areas. For moreinformation on Nortel's CS 1500, click here.

Recently published reports from Dell'Oro Group andInfonetics Research ranked Nortelas the worldwide leader with the largest revenues in the carrier softswitchmarket for the first quarter of 2009. Nortelhas shipped more than 110 million Carrier VoIP and Multimedia ports to over 340wireline and wireless carriers globally. In addition, Nortel provides VoIPsolutions to two thirds of IDC's worldwide listing of top 20 carriers (byrevenue).

About Nortel
Nortel delivers communicationscapabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for ourcustomers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider andenterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications.Nortel's technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers toefficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting peopleto the information they need, when they need it. For more information, visitNortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. Forthe latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

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