Polycom, Inc.

Polycom, Inc.

April 22, 2008 06:00 ET

Nortel First to Achieve Polycom Global Telepresence Certified Plus Partner Status

Confirms World-Class Managed Services Capability Using Polycom Solutions

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - April 22, 2008) - Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) has confirmed its world-class ability to deliver managed telepresence services to enterprises and service providers by becoming the first global Telepresence Certified Plus Partner for Polycom(1), Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM)(2).

This assures customers they can rely on Nortel to provide global telepresence solutions that truly enable significant cost and environmental benefits. That's because they rival the effectiveness of in-person meetings, and because they are simple enough to use and operate that people will want to use them frequently.

As part of this certification, Nortel completed Polycom's Telepresence VNOC (Video Network Operations Center) Provider Program, a comprehensive review of the extensive capabilities required to provide a level of managed telepresence services above and beyond traditional video conferencing.

Nortel's global infrastructure of eight Multimedia Network Operations Centers (MNOCs) provides a unique capability to extend the benefits of telepresence beyond a company's own facilities. The MNOCs enable Nortel to provide seamless integration and connectivity to partners, suppliers, customers and others using Polycom or any other open standards-based video systems.

"We've made significant investments in our global services support infrastructure," said Phil Keenan, vice president, Multimedia Services, Nortel. "We believe our capabilities for delivering video, audio and web communications are second to none. This certification is testament to the unmatched resources and expertise Nortel can bring to the table to help make the promise of telepresence a reality."

"As a Polycom Telepresence Certified Plus Partner, Nortel can help organizations drive greater benefits and greater return on their investments in open standards-based video systems," said Youssef Saleh, vice president and general manager, Telepresence and Vertical Solutions, Polycom.

Nortel provides Services-Powered Telepresence Solutions that combine open standards-based, high-definition (HD) video and audio systems from Polycom with full program management, real-time 24/7 support, proactive network monitoring and performance management, and full concierge services from Nortel.

Telepresence delivers on the promise of visual communications, which has long been touted as an alternative to expensive, unpredictable and environmentally-unfriendly travel for face-to-face collaboration. Polycom telepresence solutions can bridge geographically dispersed locations to deliver an experience that rivals the effectiveness of in-person meetings and reduces the need to travel.

Nortel's Services-Powered Telepresence Solutions close the gap between video and 'being there', providing everything from network evaluation and readiness programs to room design, integration with existing video systems, operation, management and simplified, web-based scheduling. Participants at multiple locations need only walk into their local telepresence rooms to begin a meeting, just as if they were all in the same room.

Polycom provides the most comprehensive portfolio of interoperable, standards-based video systems available, ranging from desktop to conference room, classroom and fully-immersive boardroom telepresence systems supporting up to 28 people at one location. This includes Polycom RealPresence(1) Experience High Definition(2) (RPX(1) HD) and Polycom Telepresence Experience(1) TPX(1) HD(2) systems.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at

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 For the latest Nortel news, visit

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