October 24, 2005 09:00 ET

Nortel PEC Solutions to Support Critical Communications for CDC; State-of-Art Facility to Feature Reliable, Flexible Nortel Gear

WASHINGTON--(CCNMatthews - Oct 24, 2005) -

Nortel PEC Solutions announced today that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta will rely on highly reliable voice solutions from Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) for mission critical communications in its recently opened, multi-billion dollar facility.

Nortel PEC Solutions is a Nortel subsidiary focused on high-end government solutions and services.

CDC is the principal agency in the United States government for protecting the health and safety of all Americans. Its new Atlanta campus is considered a bellwether for similar government facilities for its innovative incorporation of advanced technology and security features into a design that caters to employee well-being and desire for a 'livable' work environment.

Nortel PEC Solutions is working closely with the CDC to develop a voice communications infrastructure made 99.999 percent reliable with Nortel Communications Server 1000, a full-featured, server-based IP PBX.

As part of the project, Nortel PEC Solutions will also supply Nortel IP 2050 softphones and headsets. When employees are in the field or cannot reach the CDC campus in the event of an emergency, the IP softphones will be able to transform their laptops into full-featured telephony communications platforms.

"The members of the executive team at the CDC are forward thinkers who understand that flexible communications are critical for them to succeed in fulfilling their mission, particularly during times of disaster," said Chuck Saffell, chief executive officer, Nortel PEC Solutions. "The Atlanta campus will become a model for other government agencies looking to keep their employees connected daily and during times of crisis."

The Nortel solution will serve almost all of the CDC's 9,000 employees, including about 6,000 in the Atlanta area. The Nortel PEC Solutions implementation will provide CDC employees with the tools necessary to measure and manage their time as well as their communications.

About Nortel PEC Solutions

Nortel PEC Solutions is a trusted partner for governments in supporting the livelihood, security, and well-being of their citizens. Nortel PEC Solutions 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, Virginia, 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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