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Nortel enhances IMS portfolio with converged mobility, interoperability success

  • 10 April, 2006 10:20

<p>LAS VEGAS - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] announced IMS portfolio enhancements designed to make it simpler for service providers to offer personalised multimedia services to virtually any device across any network - wireless, wireline or cable.</p>
<p>"In the same way the telephone changed how people communicated over distance and the Internet ushered in a new era of information exchange, IMS is expected to take networked communications to a new level of simplicity for users and provide greater profit potential for service providers," said Alan Stoddard, general manager, Carrier Multimedia Networks, Nortel. "IMS will enable intuitive networks that are subscriber-centric and access-aware; it is expected to put the power of the network in the hands of the subscriber and integrate multiple applications into a single, personalised experience. It is designed to allow users to move more seamlessly and securely between various networks with ease."</p>
<p>As part of the company's IMS portfolio enhancements, Nortel is introducing the Wireless Mobility Gateway 6000 (WMG 6000), a key component of its IMS Converged Mobility solution. Compliant to the emerging IMS Voice Call Continuity (VCC) standards, the WMG 6000 is designed to allow service providers to bridge 3G wireless networks and WLAN networks to provide a more seamless and secure communication experience for consumers and enterprise users. The IMS Converged Mobility solution provides added presence and advanced telephony features such as caller ID, call waiting, call hold, click to call, call screening and routing, SMS and IM interworking.</p>
<p>Nortel's IMS Converged Mobility solution builds on Nortel's experience across SIP multimedia, VoIP and wireless. It helps service providers to deliver more highly-reliable and secure communications seamlessly across all networks while maintaining a truly personalised experience for such IMS-based services as video calling, video conferencing, instant messaging and multimedia - all from one device and one phone number. It also is designed to make it possible for service providers to manage subscriber information across multiple access networks more effectively, resulting in one consolidated bill for subscribers.</p>
<p>Nortel's IMS Converged Mobility solution utilises the WMG 6000 and the AS 5200 multimedia application server, both running on Nortel's IMS-compliant core. It leverages third party clients, increasing the range of supported devices and speeding the adoption of the solution</p>
<p>Nortel's initial release of its IMS Converged Mobility product enhancements are expected to be available in the second half of 2006. Nortel's IMS solution is access-aware and supports 3GPP (IMS), 3GPP2 (MMD), Packet Cable 2.0 and TISPAN standards.</p>
<p>Nortel's IMS solution is one of the most open implementations in the market as evidenced by the collaboration with many developers, partners and applications providers in its seven SIP Interoperability labs, six IMS Live Experience Centers and two Joint Customer Innovation Centers, one being with Bell Canada. In addition, Nortel is enhancing its IMS solution through work with IBM in the IBM Telecommunications Solutions Lab (TSL) in Montpellier, France.</p>
<p>"Successful interoperability testing underscores Nortel's commitment to delivering an open, standards-based IMS solution, which is essential for IMS in the future," Stoddard added.</p>
<p>Nortel recently completed IMS SIP interoperability with Broadsoft (www.broadsoft.com**). The IMS tests with Broadsoft featured lab to lab testing using Broadsoft's VoIP application software and Nortel's IMS Core. In addition, through its recently established joint venture with LG Electronics, Nortel demonstrated live SIP Video Calling between a 3G UMTS mobile and a Nortel-LG SIP Video Phone to demonstrate the technology's ability to enhance revenue growth for wireless and wireline carriers.</p>
<p>Nortel also is working with Intel to bring IMS benefits to end users. Intel is a key supplier for Nortel's ATCA-compliant Versatile Service Engine (VSE) which is the hardware platform for Nortel's Call Session Control and Home Subscriber Server functions in the IMS architecture. VSE is designed to utilise Intel packet-processing blades for security as well as Intel NetStructure® ATCA single board computers, which incorporate multi-core processor technology and have been shown to provide up to 2.8 times the performance over current processors.</p>
<p>"Service providers will benefit from modular-based deployments by realising a reduction in cost for transaction per subscriber with increased performance and reduction in total cost of ownership," said Anthony Ambrose, general manager, Modular Communications Platform Division, Intel. "Standards-based building blocks using multi-core technology from Intel are ideal for addressing ever increasing needs in rapidly deployed IMS environments."</p>
<p>Nortel's IMS solutions will be demonstrated at CTIA Wireless 2006 in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention CentrE, Hall C, Booth #1835) April 5-7.</p>
<p>Nortel has extensive expertise deploying its SIP-based Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5200 with more than 40 SIP-based multimedia customers globally. In addition, Nortel has more than 300 carrier VoIP networks installed around the world. Nortel is currently engaged in IMS trials with leading operators in wireline, cable, CDMA and GSM/UMTS markets, including an evaluation in Verizon's lab in Waltham, Mass. of Nortel's IMS multi-vendor interoperability and full support for voice services over fiber to the premise (FTTP).</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>
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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 recently announced restatement and two previous restatements of its financial statements and related events and that the previously filed financial statements of Nortel and NNL and related audit reports should not be relied upon; the negative impact on Nortel and NNL of their announced restatement and delay in filing their financial statements and related periodic reports causing them to breach their public debt indentures and obligations under their credit facilities with the possibility that the holders of their public debt or NNL's lenders would seek to accelerate the maturity of that debt; and causing a breach of NNL's support facility with EDC with the possibility that EDC would refuse to issue additional support under the facility, terminate its commitments under the facility or require NNL to cash collateralize all existing support; 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 restatement 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; any default in Nortel's filing obligations extending beyond May 9, 2006, causing any Canadian securities regulatory authority to impose an order to cease all trading in Nortel's securities within the applicable jurisdiction or to impose such an order sooner if Nortel fails to comply with the alternate information guidelines of such regulatory authorities; (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; 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 its 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; restrictions on how Nortel and its president and chief executive officer conduct its business arising from a settlement with Motorola Inc.; 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 affect 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 recently announced restatement and two previous restatements of its financial statements; any acceleration under their public debt indentures and credit facilities, which may result in Nortel and NNL being unable to meet their respective payment obligations; 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 affect 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 Nortel's market price of its publicly traded securities, or any future share consolidation resulting in a lower total market capitalization or adverse affect on the liquidity of Nortel's common shares. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see Nortel's 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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