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Nortel Debuts Next Wave Of Unified Communications Solutions At Microsoft Tech.Ed

  • 07 August, 2007 16:09

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Global networking company Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] is demonstrating the first of its unified communications solutions to ‘natively’ integrate with Microsoft’s upcoming Office Communication Server (OCS) 2007 platform at the Microsoft Tech.Ed 2007 conference at the Gold Coast Conference and Exhibition Centre from August 7 to 10.</p>
<p>Native integration means that Nortel’s Communication Server (CS) 1000 IP PBX and Nortel’s Multimedia Conferencing products will not require any third-party gateways or hardware to support Microsoft’s OCS 2007 when they become commercially available later this year. This is a major differentiator for the Nortel and Microsoft Innovative Communications Alliance and furthers the companies’ goal to simplify the path to unified communications for enterprise customers. Tech.Ed 2007 will be the first time the new products will be demonstrated to prospective customers in Australia.</p>
<p>“The solutions we’re showing at Tech.Ed include the next wave of products from our alliance with Microsoft and are based on the continued development of Nortel’s proven hardware infrastructure solutions and Microsoft’s ubiquitous desktop software platforms,” says Kirsten Gilbertson, Microsoft Business Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Nortel. “We’ve engineered a level of integration between Microsoft's OCS 2007 and Nortel’s IP PBX that currently is not matched in the industry which translates in real terms to ease of deployment when migrating IP telephony networks to unified communications.”</p>
<p>“Microsoft expects over 100 million customers globally will be able to ‘click-to-call’ from inside the Office System within three years. This represents a massive move to unify communications platforms and better connect people by integrating their existing communications systems,” says Oscar Trimboli, Director, Unified Communications, Microsoft Australia. “Nortel’s IP Telephony solution helps to accelerate our ‘click-to-call’ vision and takes us a step closer to our goal, by leveraging customers’ existing investments in Nortel infrastructure.”</p>
<p>Nortel will also demonstrate a range of advanced SIP handsets, developed by LG-Nortel for Microsoft’s OCS 2007, and Nortel’s Secure Always-on Networking solutions that support the companies’ unified communications platform. The demonstrations will run across a live network based on Nortel equipment designed specifically for unified communications applications.</p>
<p>Nortel’s new CS 1000 release 5.0 is the first hardware platform to provide native integration with Microsoft’s OCS 2007, which will give enterprise customers around the world a consolidated VoIP solution that further improves service reliability, enables better security for VoIP calls, and simplifies deployment and management through the use of industry standard hardware and software.</p>
<p>Nortel’s CS 1000 is a server-based, full-featured IP PBX, providing the benefits of a converged network, advanced conferencing applications, and more than 750 telephony features. Microsoft’s OCS 2007 is the next-generation unified communications platform enabling seamless communication between Microsoft Office applications and other networked applications and hardware - including IP handsets, laptops and SIP-enabled mobile devices.</p>
<p>Nortel and Microsoft have announced two Australian customers already benefiting from the Innovative Communications Alliance – construction giant Mirvac and financial services company Austock – with a number of other companies currently holding active trials.</p>
<p>About Nortel</p>
<p>Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. 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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