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February 16, 2009 03:00 ET

Nortel Focused on Creating a Superior Mobility Experience for Early Entrants to the LTE Market

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2009) - Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(OTCBB:NRTLQ) LTE technology is taking wireless communications to a new level allowing for the delivery of real-time applications over mobile devices. Nortel has developed LTE solutions that can make applications like video-calling, multi-player gaming and a host of other web 2.0 apps as accessible on mobile devices as they are at home or in the office. Nortel's solution is in live trials with major operators as the company prepares to support early entrants to the LTE market.

Nortel can help operators deliver enhanced mobility and superior network performance blended with popular consumer devices and 'must-have' business capabilities. At Mobile World Congress(2) in Barcelona (February 16-19), Nortel will demonstrate how photos and video from a mobile phone and PC can be shared instantly over the Internet to a BD-Live(2) capable Blu-ray player; Unified Communications capabilities that make it simpler for workers on the go to stay connected; and how Carrier-grade VoIP and video capabilities can be delivered to mobile users. All of this will be transported over a live LTE network, which shows the advanced stage of development of Nortel's LTE solution (Nortel booth location: Hall 8, booth 8B145).

"Nortel is creating the mobile broadband platforms needed to support the next generation of wireless communications," said Vish Nandlall, chief technology officer, carrier networks, Nortel. "We are at the beginning of a telecom disruption, which starts with users seamlessly accessing their media, networks and activities anytime and anyplace. LTE will break the tether of the home or office network, and will allow users to interact with their digital content and social networks based on the 'where, when and why' of the physical world. Whether this means uploading geo-tagged video clips and restaurant recommendations to whrrl(2) so friends can follow the footsteps of your trips, writing a Twitter(2) post about a Heroes episode you are watching while waiting for the bus, or just playing a quick game of Halo with all your friends located in the school assembly hall, LTE will change the way we think about connectivity." Check out these podcasts (part 1, part 2) for Vish Nandlall's thoughts on the future of LTE.

"The market for LTE is full of opportunity with leading mobile operators across the globe looking to adopt the technology in the near to medium term," said Godfrey Chua, research manager, wireless and mobile infrastructure, IDC(2). "The companies that will win in this space are the ones who understand the needs of large carriers and have the experience, technology, and partnerships to deliver an end-to-end LTE solution. They must provide operators with innovative technology for both the access and core elements of the network as well as make available effective backhaul solutions and a strong applications and device ecosystem."

Nortel's LTE Technology Highlights

Nortel's LTE solutions are designed with network performance and efficiency in mind in order to lower operating costs for service providers while allowing them to offer the best possible service to their subscribers.

- Nortel has achieved mobile LTE handover in customer trial networks with its ATCA-based LTE Access Gateway (AGW) and eNodeB. Customers can see this ability showcased at Mobile World Congress, demonstrating that Nortel's LTE solution can support mobile broadband under real world conditions.

- Nortel's Self Organizing Networks (SON) technology automates time-consuming and repetitive network management tasks - this means that operators can spend less time and less money on managing their LTE networks and drive maximum operational efficiency and network availability. Nortel's SON demonstrations at Mobile World Congress will be among the first in the world to show these capabilities to service providers.

- eNodeB solutions from Nortel are compact and energy efficient at the cell site making them environmentally friendly and offering deployment flexibility. The solutions also require little hands-on management with software defined radio and advanced SON features to manage the radio access network.

- Nortel is collaborating with Hitachi to develop an LTE solution for the Japanese market. The LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) has already been selected by KDDI, one of the largest service providers in Japan, for the evolution of its CDMA Network.

- Nortel and Hitachi(2) have continued their collaboration into the radio access network (RAN) beginning with the integration of the Hitachi Radio Module with Nortel's LTE eNodeB Baseband Module. The companies are marketing the joint eNodeB solution to the Japanese LTE market. Visitors to Mobile World Congress can learn more about the solution by visiting either Nortel (Hall 8, booth 8B145) or Hitachi (Hall 1, Booth 1G63).

- Nortel has successfully completed the first end-to-end video streaming session using a Time Division Duplex (TDD)-based Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, working with commercial grade LTE Base Station and device prototypes in China. Nortel has now successfully demonstrated LTE solution capability across both FDD and TDD as defined in the 3GPP Release 8 standard.

- Nortel is a founding member of the CPRI(2) Initiative which provides an open interface on radio base stations. CPRI delivers flexibility and time-to-market advantage for adapting solutions to meet the specific needs of service providers based on local market conditions. Nortel's eNodeB has been designed to meet the latest advancements of the CPRI standard. This open Radio Interface is cornerstone to Nortel's strategy of being first to market with country specific LTE optimized radio frequency solutions.

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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