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TelstraClear to Deliver Broadband Services Using Nortel Optical Solution

  • 18 August, 2005 12:44

<p>Upgrade to North Island Backbone Converges Voice, Data Networks</p>
<p>AUCKLAND, New Zealand – TelstraClear, New Zealand’s second largest full service telecommunications company, has implemented a major upgrade of its North Island backbone network with optical solutions from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT]. The upgrade converges voice and data services onto a single network infrastructure, enabling new revenue-generating broadband services like VoIP, broadband Ethernet and storage area networking (SAN).</p>
<p>“This major upgrade to our North Island network means TelstraClear can provide cost-effective, high-speed broadband access and next generation IP services for more New Zealand business and residential customers between Auckland and Wellington as well as the major provincial centres along the network,” said Phil Rolle, chief network architect, TelstraClear. “It also significantly enhances our competitiveness as a leading carrier, positioning us to use our converged multi-gigabit network to pursue new revenue opportunities.”</p>
<p>TelstraClear has deployed Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 and Optical Long Haul 1600 to upgrade its North Island backbone. This network upgrade will make it possible for TelstraClear to enhance its customers’ communications experience by offering flexible, secure and highly reliable broadband services. By deploying OME 6500, TelstraClear can seamlessly converge its voice and data networks, while enabling new revenue-generating broadband services for business and residential customers.</p>
<p>“Migration to a converged packet-optical infrastructure enables TelstraClear to leverage its existing network investment to establish the new revenue streams and reduce operating expenses that only a packet-optical network is able to deliver,” said Mark Stevens, president, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel.</p>
<p>Nortel’s OME 6500 is the next step in the transformation of today’s optical networks. Designed to assist service providers in improving return on existing assets and to support long-term investment protection, OME 6500 will enable TelstraClear to capitalise on the potential of its core fibre optic network to deliver high-speed optical transport and meet New Zealand’s growing demand for an increasing variety of affordable, high-speed broadband services.</p>
<p>OME 6500 is a next-generation optical platform that converges multiple services and network layers onto a single platform, and provides unprecedented T1/E1 switching and grooming capabilities to deliver lowest total cost of implementation and operation to service providers. In addition to traditional electrical and optical interfaces, delivery is supported for optical Ethernet, optical storage connectivity, and protocol- and bit-rate-transparent services. OME 6500 has been deployed in more than 35 networks around the world, including BCE, China Mobile, Tiscali, Internet2, Jiangxi Power, and SURFnet.</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>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, and any related potential dilution of Nortel’s common shares; 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 control over financial reporting and the conclusion of Nortel’s management and independent auditor that Nortel’s internal control over financial reporting is ineffective, which could continue to impact Nortel’s ability to report its results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the impact of Nortel’s and NNL’s failure to timely file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including 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 Nortel’s and NNL’s public filings; 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 and December 14, 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; increased consolidation among Nortel’s customers and the loss of customers in certain markets; 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 monitoring of the capital markets for opportunities to improve its capital structure and financial flexibility; 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 of Nortel’s forward purchase contracts; negative developments associated with Nortel’s supply contracts and contract manufacturing agreements, including as a result of using a sole supplier for a key component of certain optical networks solutions; 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; any undetected product defects, errors or failures; 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.</p>
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<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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