August 09, 2005 09:00 ET

Nortel Introduces Secure Telephone Solution for Government Markets; Enhanced Meridian Telephone Meets Strict U.S. Government Requirements for Security and Reliability

WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Aug 9, 2005) -

Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) today introduced enhancements to the Meridian telephone series that meet strict U.S. federal government security requirements for protecting highly sensitive information from intrusion and tampering.

The new Secure Telephone, part of Nortel's industry-leading portfolio of Meridian telephony solutions, complies with U.S. Telephone Security Group (TSG) guidelines for government use. The Secure Telephone offers a wide range of security features that prevent outside intrusion into government networks and safeguard against equipment tampering.

"Today more than ever it is critical that the U.S. government has highly-reliable and secure communications systems to analyze and use the information needed to protect the country and its citizens," said Chuck Saffell, chief executive officer, Nortel PEC Solutions. "With its Secure Telephone, Nortel continues to deliver networking technologies specifically designed to help governments protect mission-critical information."

The Secure Telephone M2016S builds on the proven reliability of Nortel's Meridian telephone series to provide a Type-accepted Class 2 telephone. It ensures security to prevent the telephone from being used as a passive listening device when the handset is in the on-hook position, as well as the following security features:

-- Positive disconnect - provides on-hook audio security, immediately disconnecting the telephone from the network when not in use.

-- Off-hook visual indicator - indicates that the security features are off when the phone is off hook. Acts as an alert so the user knows the security features are disabled.

-- Unique serial number - appears in three places inside and outside the phone for quick verification during security sweeps. Mismatched serial numbers could indicate unauthorized repair or tampering.

-- Tamper-evident labeling - a hologram sticker on the outside of the phone must be removed or broken to get inside, making it evident that somebody has tampered with the phone.

-- No handsfree microphone - a requirement for government standards. This reduces the risk of sensitive information being overheard.

Nortel is the industry's first and only major infrastructure vendor to offer TSG-approved telephones. The M2016S complies with the U.S. government's directive 'DCID 6/9 Annex G,' which specifies requirements for government telecommunications equipment installed in Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIFs). The M2016S has been tested and is in compliance with the specifications of TSG Standards and is registered as an approved device by the U.S. National Telecommunications Security Working Group (NTSWG)(a).

With more than two decades of delivering technological innovation, expertise, and business value to customers worldwide, Nortel PEC Solutions (formerly PEC Solutions, Inc.) is in a position to provide the U.S. Federal Government with secure, end-to-end, carrier-grade networks supporting mission-critical applications and communications. Nortel is a leading enterprise networking vendor with the proven expertise to design and implement interoperable and secure solutions across telephony, data and optical technologies for enterprises and service providers.

About Nortel PEC Solutions

With more than two decades of experience, Nortel PEC Solutions (formerly PEC Solutions, Inc.) is a trusted partner for governments to support the livelihood, security, and well-being of its citizens. It delivers a comprehensive portfolio of technology and high-end services capable of meeting the demands of the most complex and important systems in the world. Headquartered in Fairfax, Va., Nortel PEC Solutions engineers, deploys and manages mission-critical solutions for government, including homeland security, criminal justice and intelligence, defense and civilian agencies within the U.S. Federal Government and at state and local levels. Please visit for additional information.

About Nortel

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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(a) The National Telecommunications Security Working Group (NTSWG), formerly known as the Telephone Security Group (TSG), is a standing committee of the Security Policy Board of the U.S. Government. It provides security policy, procedures, and countermeasures direction for telephone and telecommunications systems employed within all sensitive information processing areas within the U.S. Government.

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