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Nortel

March 30, 2005 10:20 ET

Nortel Provides Status Update; Nortel Networks Corporation Board of Directors Sets Shareholders' Meeting and Record Date


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: NORTEL

NYSE, TSX SYMBOL: NT

MARCH 30, 2005 - 10:20 ET

Nortel Provides Status Update; Nortel Networks
Corporation Board of Directors Sets Shareholders'
Meeting and Record Date

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Mar 30, 2005) -

Nortel Networks Corporation (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) and its principal
operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Limited ("NNL"), today provided a
status update pursuant to the alternative information guidelines of the
Ontario Securities Commission. These guidelines contemplate that the
Company and NNL will normally provide bi-weekly updates on their affairs
until such time as they are current with their filing obligations under
Canadian securities laws.

Annual Shareholders' Meeting

The board of directors of Nortel Networks Corporation called a combined
2004/2005 annual meeting of shareholders (the "Meeting") to be held on
June 29, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario. The board of directors set the close
of business on Monday, May 2, 2005 as the record date for determining
the shareholders of Nortel Networks Corporation entitled to receive
notice of the Meeting. Details of the location, time and agenda for the
Meeting will be included in Nortel Networks Corporation's proxy circular
and proxy statement.

The Company and NNL reported that there have been no material
developments in the matters reported in their status updates of June 2,
2004 through March 18, 2005; and the Company's press release "Nortel
Files Third Quarter 2004 Financial Statements" dated March 18, 2005,
with the exception of the matters described above.

The Company's and NNL's next bi-weekly status update is expected to be
released during the week of April 11, 2005.

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 www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit
www.nortel.com/news.

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking
and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or
events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual
results or events.

Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current
expectations include, among other things: the outcome of regulatory and
criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortel's
restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements,
penalties and expenses could have on Nortel's results of operations,
financial condition and liquidity; the findings of Nortel's independent
review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome
of the independent review with respect to revenues for specific
identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on
the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these
revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortel's previously announced
or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the
existence of material weaknesses in Nortel's internal controls over
financial reporting; the impact of Nortel's and NNL's failure to timely
file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including
breach of its support facility and public debt obligations and Nortel's
inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the
United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"); ongoing SEC
reviews, which may result in changes to our public filings; the
potential delisting or suspension of Nortel's and NNL's publicly traded
securities; the impact of management changes, including the termination
for cause of Nortel's former CEO, CFO and Controller in April 2004; the
sufficiency of Nortel's restructuring activities, including the work
plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004,
including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in
connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of
such actions;

cautious or reduced spending by Nortel's customers; fluctuations in
Nortel's operating results and general industry, economic and market
conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortel's cash flow, level
of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel's ability to
recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to
support Nortel's normal course business activities; the dependence on
Nortel's subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel's defined
benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and
Nortel's cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation
in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and
similar matters; Nortel's dependence on new product development and its
ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel's
ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired
businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and
market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to
international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in
emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate
fluctuations; the impact of rationalization and consolidation in the
telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the
impact of the credit risks of Nortel's customers and the impact of
customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally
and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date or early
settlement, which is currently not available, of Nortel's forward
purchase contracts; the impact of Nortel's supply and outsourcing
contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if
not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or
liquidated damages; and the future success of Nortel's strategic
alliances.

For additional information with respect to certain of these and other
factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel with the SEC. Unless otherwise
required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention
or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel
Networks.

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