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Nortel Delivers Converged Office Solution to Simplify Communications

  • 14 February, 2006 15:48

<p>Solution Integrates with Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 to Streamline Workflow, Improve Productivity</p>
<p>SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nortel*[NYSE/TSX: NT] announced the general availability and customer deployments of the Converged Office solution to enhance business communications by providing customers with the option to integrate Nortel’s voice communications with Microsoft Office System business applications. Applications such as Outlook, Word and PowerPoint are integrated through Microsoft Office Live Communication Server.</p>
<p>The Nortel Converged Office is intended to streamline workflow, simplify communications, improve productivity and drive efficiency. It builds on the Microsoft-Nortel relationship to deliver real-time business communications previously announced in August, 2005.</p>
<p>“Integrating telephony, email and faxes into the desktop with instant messaging, and application sharing is critical to successful collaboration for improved productivity,” said Ettienne Reinecke, group CTO, Dimension Data. Dimension Data is a US$2.7 billion global IT solutions and services provider and Nortel channel partner. “The Converged Office solution makes it possible for employees to collaborate instantly, in real-time by choosing the most efficient application with one
simple click of the mouse.”</p>
<p>Baker Communications, one of Nortel’s foremost converged technology collaborators, is benefiting from the Converged Office solution with enhanced productivity from their workforce with features such as click to call, instant messaging and telephony presence.</p>
<p>The Converged Office solution integrates Nortel IP telephony systems with Microsoft Live Communication Server 2005 to provide SIP-based, business-grade desktop call control. The integration of Microsoft’s Office Communicator as the voice endpoint, Live Communications Server and Nortel’s Communication Server (CS) 1000 provides business-grade telephony with click-to-call convenience, application integrated presence and scheduling, as well as rich content sharing that allows employees literally to work from the same page, as if they were in the same office.</p>
<p>“Nortel’s goal in developing the Converged Office solution was to open up a world of new opportunities for businesses to communicate through the most effective means possible and we’ve been able to achieve that by collaborating with Microsoft,” said Alex Pierson, vice president and general manager, Enterprise Multimedia Solutions, Nortel. “Bringing voice functionality to the desktop environment allows communications on par with office-based capabilities, regardless of
where users are located, such as when they are working from home or from a hotel room while traveling.”</p>
<p>“Voice functionality in the desktop environment helps to break down today’s silo’ed communications experiences and provides rich communication capabilities that allow tandems, teams and organizations to communicate simply and effectively while integrating seamlessly with business applications and processes,” said Marc Sanders, senior product manager in the Unified Communications Group at Microsoft Corp.</p>
<p>Nortel’s open SIP application interface allows customers choice as they build solution sets that meet their business needs. Customers driving converged communications from their desktop can take advantage of superior voice quality and service from the Nortel CS 1000 and Converged Office solution, while those who are expanding by way of their telecommunications infrastructure may choose to do so through Nortel’s Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5100/5200. In addition, the Nortel Application Switch provides application load balancing, security and enforcement of communications policies to ensure the solution remains available to users.</p>
<p>About Nortel
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,</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 regulatory and criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortel’s restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements, penalties and expenses could have on Nortel’s results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and any related potential dilution of Nortel’s common shares; the findings of Nortel’s independent review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome of the ongoing independent review with respect to revenues for specific identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortel’s previously announced or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the existence of material weaknesses in Nortel’s internal control over financial reporting and the conclusion of Nortel’s management and independent auditor that Nortel’s internal control over financial reporting is ineffective, which could continue to impact Nortel’s ability to report its results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the impact of Nortel’s and NNL’s failure to timely file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including Nortel’s inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the impact of management changes, including the termination for cause of Nortel’s former CEO, CFO and Controller in April 2004; the sufficiency of Nortel’s restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004 and December 14, 2004, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; cautious or reduced spending by Nortel’s customers; increased consolidation among Nortel’s customers and the loss of customers in certain markets; fluctuations in Nortel’s operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortel’s cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel’s monitoring of the capital markets for opportunities to improve its capital structure and financial flexibility; Nortel’s ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel’s normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel’s subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel’s defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortel’s cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and similar matters; Nortel’s dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel’s 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 and consolidation in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel’s customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; general stock market volatility; negative developments associated with Nortel’s supply contracts and contract manufacturing agreements, including as a result of using a sole supplier for a key component of certain optical networks solutions; the impact of Nortel’s 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; any undetected product defects, errors or failures; the future success of Nortel’s strategic alliances; and certain restrictions on how Nortel and its president and chief executive officer conduct business. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel 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>
<p>*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>
<p>For further information:</p>
<p>Guy Lerner
Watterson Marketing Communications
(02) 9437 6122</p>

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