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November 17, 2008 04:00 ET

Romania's RoEduNet Educational Network Selects Nortel Optical Solution

Nationwide Advanced Research and Education Network Delivers Bandwidth for Projects Using 40G-Ready Optical Technology from Nortel through Felix Telecom

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2008) - The Romanian Educational Network (RoEduNet) has chosen a Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) next-generation 10G optical solution to provide scientists and researchers with enough bandwidth and network capacity needed for major science and research projects as well as education and training. Felix Telecom, Nortel's integration partner in Romania, will deliver the project to RoEduNet including design, installing, deploying and providing ongoing servicing for the network.

The adaptive and intelligent RoEduNet(2) optical network from Nortel will unite all Romania's key Research and Educational facilities, using more than 4,239 kms of optical fibre to connect cities and campuses. The network provides universities, high schools, cultural, scientific and research non profit institutions with the means to communicate with each other, as well as delivering access to higher-speed, always-on connectivity.

"We are building a true partnership and cooperation between RoEduNet and Nortel," said Professor Rusu, general manager RoEduNet. "And, we are able to draw on Nortel's innovative optical solution to ensure that our new 10G network can down the road easily evolve to 40G and 100G to address the challenge of ever-increasing bandwidth needed for conducting complex research projects that require resources from all over the world."

"The RoEduNet project appealed to Nortel from the beginning because of its value to global research," said Sorin Lupu president Eastern Europe Markets, Nortel. "As a technology leader, Nortel is always keen to further links with collaborative research and education networks because they hold the answers to the world's most challenging scientific research questions. The RoEduNet network is a prime example of the tremendous potential the future holds for research and education initiatives; when organizations like RoEduNet increase network capacity to meet the high-bandwidth demands of today, while paving the way to meet even greater bandwidth demands in the future."

Nortel 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Technology makes it possible for RoEduNet to effect a smooth and cost-effective transition from its 10G network to 40G and later to 100G. With Nortel it is possible to increase network bandwidth simply and economically to cope with bandwidth-sapping applications like IPTV, Internet video and grid computing for faster processing capabilities. This is a powerful benefit for cash-conscious research and educational institutions.

The RoEduNet Romania-wide 10G optical network infrastructure uses a solution that is built on Nortel's flagship Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 convergence platform and Common Photonic Layer line system, enabling a more agile, adaptive, next-generation optical network. It includes Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer capability (ROADM) on the CPL and electronic Dynamically Compensating Optics (eDCO) on the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500. ROADM enables rapid changes to service and traffic patterns by allowing users to dynamically add and drop optical wavelengths without terminating them. eDCO allows wavelengths to be routed through the network independent of distance, fibre dispersion and network topology.

Nortel's 10G optical technology can deliver both 40G and 100G network capacity through the addition of simple 'plug and play' technology components. This enables RoEduNet to upgrade to 40G when needed without wholesale re-engineering of the optical layer. Nortel's 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine dynamically corrects changes in optical signals wherever they develop over thousands of kilometres to ensure a clean transmission is maintained over any type of fibre used today.

Nortel's Optical Network Manager is being used by RoEduNet to conduct network-wide administration, monitoring and planning from a single management centre in Bucharest. This enables rapid troubleshooting, fault resolution and traffic management with no need for technical personnel to visit individual network nodes.

About RoEduNet

The Romanian Education Network (RoEduNet) is an organization and at the same time a data communication system, which connects a large number of Local Area Networks to a national WAN data communication infrastructure in Romania. This infrastructure is operated by Network Operations Centers (NOCs) in Bucharest, Galati, Iasi, Targu-Mures, Cluj, Timisoara and Craiova. The aim of this technical complex is to offer the participants - universities, high schools, cultural, scientific and research nonprofit institutions - the means to communicate with each other, as well as to have access to Internet information resources.

About Felix Telecom

Felix Telecom is one of the big integrators in Romania for IP and large communications networks. The company executes the design, installation, the putting into service and the supervision of systems, voice, data and image networks; it also sells and maintains service equipment and accessories relating to informatics and communications systems. Felix Telecom is able to provide all kinds of services for voice, data and images, offering a high level of QoS and security.

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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