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Nortel Networks Introduces New Wireless Solutions for Converged Business Communications

  • 02 March, 2004 13:33

<p>March 1, 2004</p>
<p>ORLANDO, Fla. – Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] today announced a new set of wireless local
area network (WLAN) solutions that further deliver on the company’s vision of secure, adaptive and scalable wireless communications.</p>
<p>Today’s announcement is the next step in realizing Nortel Networks vision for mobility. It introduces a Wireless IP Telephony portfolio and an adaptive WLAN solution that can meet the most demanding and sophisticated customer needs. Together these solutions are tailored to meet the current and future communications requirements of businesses, regardless of their existing network infrastructure.</p>
<p>“As our customers introduce wireless LANs into their networks, we are giving them choices in how to securely configure their networks,” said Malcolm Collins, president, Enterprise Networks, Nortel Networks. “They’ve told us that they want to run voice and multimedia applications over the wireless local area network, and we’re delivering on these needs. Our new solutions actually respond to changing conditions in the numbers of users, availability of wireless spectrum, and application priority to deliver a consistently superior experience to our customers.”</p>
<p>The new products and solutions complement Nortel Networks award-winning WLAN 2200 Series,
introduced in March 2003 and Wireless 7200 series introduced in October 2003. With today’s announcement, Nortel Networks is providing the widest range of WLAN options in the market supporting converged applications such as IP Telephony over the WLAN. Additionally, the adaptive WLAN products offer new levels of wireless monitoring, control and responsiveness in case of changing traffic and load.</p>
<p>The new WLAN offerings give customers a range of choices best-suited to their business requirements and stage of network evolution. Nortel Networks is tapping into the WLAN expertise of Airespace and SpectraLink Corporation to help supply leading-edge technologies that bring these offerings to life.</p>
<p>“Fidelity Investments has a history of leveraging emerging technologies to enhance its operations and more effectively service its customers,” said Larry Jarvis, vice president of engineering, Fidelity Investments Service Company. “With Nortel Networks, we are able to advance our use of next generation wireless LAN technology, while satisfying our functional and support requirements. Nortel Networks, working with Airespace, provides a new level of global wireless systems to meet corporate demands for capabilities, including dynamic power and channel control, roaming, and security.”</p>
<p>As well as increasing employee productivity and reducing operational expenses, these solutions help simplify infrastructure administration and deliver a connection security comparable to a wired
environment:</p>
<p>Adaptive Solution is the newest addition to the award-winning WLAN 2200 Series portfolio, offering the greatest control, flexibility and security for WLAN deployments using radio frequency monitoring and control. It is ideal for new WLAN deployments, and supports IP Telephony over WLAN. It enables enterprises to combine the cost benefits of using IP voice with the mobility advantages of secure wireless. This solution is based on the new Nortel Networks WLAN Security Switch 2270 and the WLAN Access Ports 2230 and 2231 and is complemented by the WLAN Handsets 2210 and 2211, WLAN IP Telephony Manager 2245 and WLAN Application Gateway 2246.</p>
<p>Hybrid Solution is ideal for companies needing to extend the coverage of their existing WLAN. Nortel Networks access points and WLAN Security Switch 2250 provide robust functionality, such as visitor-based networking capabilities and security features, including unauthorized access point detection. This solution also supports legacy access points and a heterogeneous mix of equipment and provides quality of service for superior IP voice performance.</p>
<p>Stand Alone Solution enables the deployment of isolated WLANs within the enterprise infrastructure, with security implemented at each discrete WLAN Access Point. With the addition of the WLAN Security Switch 2250, this solution can be easily migrated to support the Hybrid Solution when enterprises want to increase the management and security capabilities of their WLAN infrastructure.</p>
<p>Wireless Mesh Architecture is for wireless deployments in open areas or where no LAN infrastructure exists, such as warehouse and university campus environments. This solution replaces the wired backhaul or transit link with a wireless link, eliminating the need to install additional LAN cabling and other infrastructure to extend WLAN service beyond the reach of the existing LAN.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world
communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.</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 sufficiency of our restructuring activities, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; continued reductions in spending by our customers; fluctuations in operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; the communication by our auditors of the existence of material weaknesses in internal control; the ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in cash flow, the level of outstanding debt and our current debt ratings; the ability to meet the financial covenant in our credit facilities; the use of cash collateral to support our normal course business activities; the dependence on our subsidiaries for funding; the impact of our defined benefit plans and our deferred tax assets on our results of operations, cash flows and compliance with our financial covenant; the dependence on new product development and our ability to predict market demand for particular products; the 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 in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of our customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date or early settlement of our purchase contracts; risks associated with a consolidation of our common shares; the impact of 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; the future success of our strategic alliances; and the adverse resolution of litigation, intellectual property disputes and similar matters. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filed by Nortel Networks with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel Networks disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark and Business Without Boundaries are trademarks of Nortel
Networks.</p>

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