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Edith Cowan University Selects AU$5 Million Data Network From Nortel

  • 31 October, 2006 10:07

<p>SYDNEY – Edith Cowan University in Perth has chosen Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] as its preferred supplier for a next-generation data network to support its academic program over the next five years.</p>
<p>The new network, estimated to be valued at over AU$5 million, is replacing the existing data network with the aim of delivering a high performance, secure network environment for more than 2,500 staff and 22,500 students. It will also connect 4,000 personal computers, 600 Apple Macs, 120 servers and hundreds of devices such as scanners and printers.</p>
<p>The network will complement ECU’s unique Wireless Mesh network, also from Nortel, which in 2004 was Australia’s first wide-area WiFi network, and one of the only networks of its kind in the world. The University has been using Nortel’s WLAN and Wireless Mesh for mobile communications.</p>
<p>Initial installation plans, commencing in November, include network equipment for the University’s new Joondalup Campus library building, improvements to the wide-area network in the main Perth campus and upgraded firewall and security capability.</p>
<p>"ECU now operates an ‘always-on’ 24x7 campus that demands new levels of business continuity,” says Steve Johnston, manager, IT Infrastructure, ECU. “Our new network must deliver this basic but important requirement, which was a key differentiator in our choice of Nortel.”</p>
<p>“The new network will have additional redundancy built in, and will introduce new and different ways for users to connect their devices. For example, the network will allow staff and students to bring any computer on campus, and connect to the network in a manner that protects both the network and the computer. Overall network speed will increase 10-fold to allow for an increasing volume of high-speed voice and video services,” says Johnston.</p>
<p>In addition to its technical benefits, ECU will also benefit through the Nortel Development Fund (NDF), established in 2004 to provide funding for academic, research and industry projects of common interest to ECU and Nortel. As a preferred technology partner, Nortel donates a percentage of every dollar invested by ECU to the NDF.</p>
<p>“The combination of converged IP communications – wired and wireless, seamless security, and business-grade reliability are the cornerstones of any solution designed to meet the challenges of a diverse technological ecosystem like ECU,” says Mark Stevens, president, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel. “In an openly competitive tender we were able to demonstrate technical advantages that translated directly into business benefits such as high resiliency, higher performance and better functionality that together make it easier to operate, maintain and grow the network for future use.”</p>
<p>The 10 Gigabit network uses Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 8600s at the core with 10 Gigabit and 1 Gigabit links to Nortel ERS 5500s at the edge. ECU will ultimately adopt 1 Gigabit links to the desktop with new and enhanced security and network access mechanisms using Nortel’s Secure Network Access Switch, Switched Firewall and SSL switches. Servers will be load-balanced across the main campuses using Nortel Application Switches, with remote access via Nortel VPN Routers. Nortel’s Enterprise Network Management System will manage integration with the wireless and wireless mesh networks.</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 For the latest Nortel news, visit</p>
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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 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, including completion of the sale of its UMTS access business to Alcatel; 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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