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National Taiwan University Trials Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network Solution

  • 05 August, 2004 15:17

<p>Cutting-Edge ‘Mesh’ Technology Provides Low-Cost Wireless Broadband Access</p>
<p>TAIPEI, Taiwan – The National Taiwan University (NTU), one of Taiwan's most prestigious institutions of higher education, is collaborating with eASPNet Taiwan Inc. (eASPNet) and Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to commence trials of a new Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh architecture designed to extend the reach of wireless local area network (LAN) technology. This new architecture enables wireless broadband connectivity for enterprises and end-users with indoor and outdoor access.
eASPNet, a local Nortel Networks 'Channel Partner', deployed the network at NTU and is responsible for management of the trial.</p>
<p>With powerful business models for government applications, enterprises, and wireless and wireline service providers, wireless mesh technology is intended to deliver secure, wireless broadband services that can provide a cost-effective method for extending wireless LAN coverage more broadly into business and end-user markets.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network solution uses wireless links to connect the access points, allowing enterprises or service providers to install wireless LANs with a minimal amount of Ethernet cabling or other backhaul facilities in areas where network limitations make it cost -prohibitive to use traditional wired access points. This innovative approach can drastically reduce the complexity and cost of deploying a traditional wireless LAN network.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network solution for NTU includes Nortel Networks Wireless Access Point 7220, Wireless Gateway 7250, Nortel Networks Optivity* Network Management System and other related network management elements.</p>
<p>The NTU network deployment supports a wide range of multimedia applications and features, including Web browsing, audio and video streaming and e-mail access across Wi-Fi enabled personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptop computers and other Wi-Fi devices.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks and NTU have already demonstrated advanced services over the Wireless Mesh Network solution, including video streaming, Wi-Fi voice over IP (Internet Protocol) and seamless hand-over while driving at speeds of 50 kilometers per hour. The joint program with NTU will continue to innovate, develop, test and enhance advanced services on the Wireless Mesh Network Solution.</p>
<p>"This trial activity supports the government's "M-Taiwan" vision, another step in our strategy to provide users with cost-effective, secure, wireless broadband services across converging public and private networks," said Jackson Wu, managing director, Nortel Networks Taiwan. "We are breaking new ground and leading wireless broadband evolution by providing our customers and allies with innovative technology that will help drive profits and position them to offer a compelling wireless broadband solution to enterprise and end users alike."</p>
<p>This architecture is designed to extend network access with high levels of security and end-user mobility. This solution incorporates 'auto discovery' and 'self healing' algorithms to simplify deployment by enabling installation in any location where power is available and reduces services outages by optimizing radio link communications and minimizing interference. In addition, the self-organizing nature of this architecture minimizes the need for Radio Frequency engineering and commissioning, which can significantly increase wireless LAN coverage.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network Solution is designed to go beyond traditional 'hot spots' to provide broader, more convenient service coverage for enterprises and individual users, and to help service providers drive increased revenue opportunities.</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 or</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 Nortel Networks independent review and planned restatement of its previously announced or filed financial results; the impact of the management changes announced on April 28, 2004; the impact of the inability to meet Nortel Networks filing obligations on support facilities and public debt obligations; the sufficiency of Nortel Networks 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 Nortel Networks customers; fluctuations in Nortel Networks operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; the communication by Nortel Networks auditors of the existence of material weaknesses in internal control; Nortel Networks ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in Nortel Networks cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel Networks normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel Networks subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel Networks defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortel Networks cash flows; Nortel Networks dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel Networks 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 Nortel Networks 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 Nortel Networks purchase contracts; the impact of Nortel Networks 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 Nortel Networks strategic alliances; and the adverse resolution of litigation, investigations, 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/A and Form 10-K/A 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.</p>
<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark, Business Without Boundaries and Optivity are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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