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Westin Hotel Beijing Launches Advanced Guest Services with Nortel IP Technology

  • 13 September, 2006 16:41

<p>BEIJING, China – The new Westin Hotel Financial Street in Beijing has launched a range of fast, flexible and personalized communications services to its guests based on Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] IP and wireless technology. The services meet increasing demand for more advanced and easy-to-use communications that allow travelers anywhere, anytime access regardless of device - telephone, laptop or PDA.</p>
<p>The hotel’s 486 rooms are fully equipped with Nortel’s IP and WLAN technologies that enable staff to deliver high quality multi-media services to guests, which makes Westin Beijing Financial Street one of the early adopters of IP telephony solutions for both inbound communications and guest services in China. The Nortel IP Phone 2007 in each room features large, full-color touch-screens and user-friendly menus that provide easy access to hotel guest services and public information. These include introductions to Beijing’s famous scenic spots, weather forecasts, flight information, taxi reservations and guest check-in and check-out.</p>
<p>The hotel’s WLAN capabilities provide hotel guests with anywhere, anytime wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, restaurants and common areas. By integrating its traditional telephone system, guest room broadband network, management and communications networks into one converged infrastructure, Westin Beijing provides customers and employees easy access to communication services throughout the hotel.</p>
<p>“Nortel’s complete solution helps us to reinforce our position as a leader in bringing high-quality services to our guests,” said Zheng Zhanghui, general manager, Westin Beijing, Financial Street. “The hotel can greatly reduce the cost for network infrastructure management while providing advanced innovative communications that help make our guests’ stay enjoyable.”</p>
<p>“The implementation of the converged network in Westin Beijing is a prime example of how advanced technology is being leveraged in the hospitality industry to improve services and address increasing needs for more advanced and easy-to-use hotel services,” said Jackson Wu, president, Greater China, Nortel. “Nortel’s successful deployment at the Westin demonstrates how our solutions are enabling China enterprises to benefit from a complete IP-based converged data, voice and multimedia applications network.”</p>
<p>With Nortel’s WiFi IP phones, all hotel staff can improve productivity by staying connected at all times to hotel systems either though phone calls or text messages and respond to guests’ requests quickly. The new solution enhances staff efficiency, minimizes errors and enables faster response to guests’ needs.</p>
<p>The Nortel IP Phone 2007 is supported by the Nortel Communication Server 1000 (CS1000), which provides full-featured IP PBX services with the benefits of a converged network, enabling a full suite of multimedia applications on the phones that guests can use to easily access services.</p>
<p>Westin Hotel Beijing’s deployment of Nortel’s WLAN 2300 solution provides wireless coverage for its two main buildings. The centralized architecture and advanced features are designed to provide a secure, cost-effective and highly scalable WLAN infrastructure for anytime, anywhere communications.</p>
<p>Combined with Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, ERS 1600 and Ethernet Switch 470, the converged network meets the hotel’s requirement for a resilient, secure and intelligent network. Meanwhile, the Nortel VPN Router 1750 is designed to serve as an edge router with full security and firewall functionality to guard against outside intrusion.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>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. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate today’s barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. 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.</p>
<p>Certain statements in this press release may contain words such as “could”, “expects”, “may”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, ”targets”, “envisions”, “seeks” and other similar language and are considered forward-looking statements or information under applicable securities legislation. These statements are based on Nortel’s current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies and markets in which Nortel operates. These statements are subject to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially different. Further, actual results or events could differ materially from those contemplated in forward-looking statements as a result of the following (i) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel’s restatements and related matters including: Nortel’s most recent restatement and two previous restatements of its financial statements and related events; the negative impact on Nortel and NNL of their most recent restatement and delay in filing their financial statements and related periodic reports; legal judgments, fines, penalties or settlements, or any substantial regulatory fines or other penalties or sanctions, related to the ongoing regulatory and criminal investigations of Nortel in the U.S. and Canada; any significant pending civil litigation actions not encompassed by Nortel’s proposed class action settlement; any substantial cash payment and/or significant dilution of Nortel’s existing equity positions resulting from the finalization and approval of its proposed class action settlement, or if such proposed class action settlement is not finalized, any larger settlements or awards of damages in respect of such class actions; any unsuccessful remediation of Nortel’s material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting resulting in an inability to report Nortel’s results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the time required to implement Nortel’s remedial measures; Nortel’s inability to access, in its current form, its shelf registration filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Nortel’s below investment grade credit rating and any further adverse effect on its credit rating due to Nortel’s restatements of its financial statements; any adverse affect on Nortel’s business and market price of its publicly traded securities arising from continuing negative publicity related to Nortel’s restatements; Nortel’s potential inability to attract or retain the personnel necessary to achieve its business objectives; any breach by Nortel of the continued listing requirements of the NYSE or TSX causing the NYSE and/or the TSX to commence suspension or delisting procedures; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel’s business including: yearly and quarterly fluctuations of Nortel’s operating results; reduced demand and pricing pressures for its products due to global economic conditions, significant competition, competitive pricing practice, cautious capital spending by customers, increased industry consolidation, rapidly changing technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new product introductions and short product life cycles, and other trends and industry characteristics affecting the telecommunications industry; the sufficiency of recently announced restructuring actions, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with these restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions and the ability to achieve the targeted cost savings and reductions of Nortel’s unfunded pension liability deficit; any material and adverse affects on Nortel’s performance if its expectations regarding market demand for particular products prove to be wrong or because of certain barriers in its efforts to expand internationally; any reduction in Nortel’s operating results and any related volatility in the market price of its publicly traded securities arising from any decline in its gross margin, or fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; any negative developments associated with Nortel’s supply contract and contract manufacturing agreements including as a result of using a sole supplier for key optical networking solutions components, and any defects or errors in Nortel’s current or planned products; any negative impact to Nortel of its failure to achieve its business transformation objectives; additional valuation allowances for all or a portion of its deferred tax assets; Nortel’s failure to protect its intellectual property rights, or any adverse judgments or settlements arising out of disputes regarding intellectual property; changes in regulation of the Internet and/or other aspects of the industry; Nortel’s failure to successfully operate or integrate its strategic acquisitions, or failure to consummate or succeed with its strategic alliances; any negative effect of Nortel’s failure to evolve adequately its financial and managerial control and reporting systems and processes, manage and grow its business, or create an effective risk management strategy; and (iii) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel’s liquidity, financing arrangements and capital including: the impact of Nortel’s most recent restatement and two previous restatements of its financial statements; any inability of Nortel to manage cash flow fluctuations to fund working capital requirements or achieve its business objectives in a timely manner or obtain additional sources of funding; high levels of debt, limitations on Nortel capitalizing on business opportunities because of credit facility covenants, or on obtaining additional secured debt pursuant to the provisions of indentures governing certain of Nortel’s public debt issues and the provisions of its credit facilities; any increase of restricted cash requirements for Nortel if it is unable to secure alternative support for obligations arising from certain normal course business activities, or any inability of Nortel’s subsidiaries to provide it with sufficient funding; any negative effect to Nortel of the need to make larger defined benefit plans contributions in the future or exposure to customer credit risks or inability of customers to fulfill payment obligations under customer financing arrangements; any negative impact on Nortel’s ability to make future acquisitions, raise capital, issue debt and retain employees arising from stock price volatility and further declines in the market price of Nortel’s publicly traded securities, or any future share consolidation resulting in a lower total market capitalization or adverse effect on the liquidity of Nortel’s common shares. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see Nortel’s Annual Report on Form10-K/A, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and other securities filings 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.</p>
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<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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