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Nortel, Two Customers Honored for Innovation at VoiceCon Fall 2005, SpeechTEK 2005

  • 01 September, 2005 15:33

<p>SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] and two of its customers – Pacific Gas &amp; Electric (PG&amp;E) and CN, a leader in the North American rail industry – have won awards for technological innovation in networking at VoiceCon Fall 2005 in San Diego and SpeechTEK 2005 in New York City.</p>
<p>“These awards highlight Nortel’s leadership position as an innovator in applications,” said Roxann Swanson, vice president and general manager, multimedia applications, Nortel. “We continue to provide best-in-class solutions that deliver real value to our customers, while allowing them to meet their customer demands and enhance employee productivity.”</p>
<p>Nortel’s Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 enterprise solution received the VoIP Applications award from Miercom, a network product test center, in the “Most Effective Multimedia for Advanced Applications Packages” category at VoiceCon 2005, held August 29-September 1 in San Diego.</p>
<p>“The strength of the industry is reflected in the VoIP Applications award winners,” said Ed Mier, founder of Miercom. “Nortel is among the leaders in this field, providing a unique set of collaboration tools for enterprises. Their innovative solution encourages collaboration among users, regardless of their location.”</p>
<p>Nortel MCS 5100 won the award based on its RIM* BlackBerry* client support, dual-protocol IP phone, expanded Web collaboration, and integration of MCS features with the Microsoft* Outlook* client. Nortel MCS 5100 delivers voice, call management, desktop video calling, collaboration tools and personalization services to a distributed workforce. It offers enhanced video capabilities with multi-point video conferencing, Instant Messaging, and Web application collaboration that allow applications and documents to be shared in real time.</p>
<p>At SpeechTEK 2005 in New York City, held August 1-4, Nortel and PG&amp;E won “Best Advanced Speech Recognition Deployment” and “Best Text-to-Speech” awards for PG&amp;E’s deployment of Nortel’s Multimedia Processing Server. This solution has allowed PG&amp;E to increase contact center efficiency by 15 percent by enabling customers to start, stop and transfer service using automated speech technology to capture billing addresses. The “Best Advanced Speech Recognition Deployment” award recognized the top three advanced speech recognition deployments in the last 12 months in enterprise or carrier environments. The “Best Textto-Speech” award recognized the top three text-to-speech deployments from the last 12 months.</p>
<p>Also at SpeechTEK, CN won the 2005 “Most Innovative Solutions” award for deploying innovative speech applications that are driving growth in the speech industry. The company turned to Nortel for its Interactive Voice Response solution for speech applications, seeking to realize cost savings in call center operations, lower equipment costs, and save time in the field with streamlined communication.</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 For the latest Nortel news, visit</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>
<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>
<p>For further information</p>
<p>Elizabeth Lovett
(02) 8870 5625</p>
<p>Guy Lerner
Watterson Marketing Communications
(02) 9437 6122</p>

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