August 22, 2005 09:01 ET

Nortel Softswitch Receives PacketCable 1.1 Qualification; Ensures Nortel's Communication Server 2000 Interoperates with Cable Operator Networks Worldwide

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(CCNMatthews - Aug 22, 2005) -

Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) today announced that its Communication Server 2000 (CS 2000) achieved PacketCable 1.1 softswitch qualification.

CableLabs, a non-profit research and development consortium representing the cable industry, has awarded PacketCable Media Gateway Controller (MGC) and Call Management Server (CMS) qualification to Nortel CS 2000 in this certification wave.

CableLabs Qualified means that the device has passed a series of tests for compliance with the indicated version of PacketCable and has thus demonstrated interoperable functionality with other "CableLabs certified/qualified" devices. "CableLabs Certified" is awarded to devices that will be used in a residence or business. "CableLabs Qualified" is awarded to devices that are used in a cable operator's network.

"We congratulate Nortel on achieving another PacketCable qualification milestone," said Dr. Richard R. Green, president and chief executive officer, CableLabs. "We thank Nortel for its continued commitment to the PacketCable program."

Nortel's CS 2000 was successfully tested in this certification wave against the latest in Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance Specification (LAESS) and Event Messaging specifications. The LAESS specification focuses on softswitches and their ability to deliver lawful intercept capabilities within the PacketCable architecture. Support of event messaging allows cable operators to generate call records for downstream billing and customer usage tracking, following the PacketCable architecture. The CS 2000 PacketCable 1.1 Qualification success follows earlier PacketCable 1.0 CMS and MGC Qualifications in 2003 and 2004, respectively, and Euro PacketCable 1.0 qualification in 2004.

"We have generated critical momentum in the cable market and continue to focus efforts enabling cable providers to pave the way for new integrated video, voice, and data services offerings," said Dan Mondor, general manager, Global Cable Solutions, Nortel. "PacketCable qualification is a significant milestone in Nortel's cable strategy to deliver proven, interoperable solutions that drive innovative cable applications and directly address the fundamental business and networking challenges that cable operators face today."

IP-based packet networks enable a wide range of multimedia services, such as basic and advanced IP telephony services, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and general multimedia applications.

PacketCable provides several inherent benefits for providers as services will be delivered more efficiently and at lower cost over the broadband cable access network. PacketCable specifications also allow qualified vendors to achieve interoperability, ease cable operator inter-working, and reduce costs through economies of scale.

The PacketCable architecture defines generic functions across the cable VoIP solution. In the softswitch core, PacketCable defines two functional elements. The CMS is responsible for delivering call control and call feature functionality over the cable access network. The MGC is responsible for the interface and management of communication with PSTN gateways in the Cable Operator's network. Nortel's CS 2000 provides both CMS and MGC elements.

Nortel is providing PacketCable qualified solutions to many leading cable operators, including Adelphia, Cable Onda, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Dacom, Intercable, ish, Kabel BW, Rogers Cable, TeleCable and Telenet.

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