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Nortel Networks Unveils New Converged Networking Solutions for Small, Medium Companies

  • 09 October, 2003 13:41

<p>ATLANTA - Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] has unveiled new communications solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses and support for enterprise branch offices, providing greater choices for implementing converged networks and furthering its commitment to this market segment.</p>
<p>By simplifying network infrastructures, Nortel Networks will position small- and medium-sized businesses to benefit from a consistent, reliable and secure user experience, minimize total cost of network ownership, and eliminate many communications barriers that exist among customers, partners, suppliers and employees.</p>
<p>These new solutions draw from Nortel Networks leadership in IP (Internet Protocol) telephony and data networking, bringing feature-rich functionality to meet the capacity requirements at a price point for smaller companies.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks small- and medium-sized business portfolio now includes: software release 3.5 for Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager, a converged voice and data platform for enterprises; a new Nortel Networks Norstar* IP telephony gateway; enhancements to Nortel Networks CallPilot* unified messaging platform; Nortel Networks Contivity* Secure IP Services Gateway, a new security product. Combined, these solutions enable small- and medium-sized businesses to leverage existing telephony equipment to migrate to IP telephony as needs change, while deploying the most comprehensive and cost-effective convergence solutions available.</p>
<p>"To support our primary operations at the theatre and seamlessly connect our administrative offices with a single IP network that did not disrupt our existing ticket sales operations, we required a very flexible solution,"said Michael Fox, comptroller of Ford's Theatre, a working theatre and museum and designated national treasure located in Washington, D.C.</p>
<p>"We needed a reliable, high-performance IP telephony system that allowed paging services in two locations simultaneously,"Fox said. "Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager provides not only the performance we require, but is able to accommodate many unique features that address our specific needs and enables us to reduce operational costs as well."</p>
<p>"Cutting costs and improving the efficiency of our operations means that we can increase the productivity of our workforce and improve our communications, all of which align with our ultimate goal -serving our customers,"said Bill Morrison, vice president and chief information officer, Tweeter Home Entertainment Group, Inc. "We expect our evaluation of the new Norstar IP Telephony Gateway to demonstrate that we can drive down operational costs by eliminating the need for private leased lines and the expense of traditional telephony toll charges. Being able to achieve lower operational expenses with superior voice quality strengthens our business case and enables improved response to our customers."</p>
<p>"This comprehensive suite of customized, market-leading products is designed to enable small- and medium-sized businesses to leverage their existing telephony investments to migrate to an all-IP network while sidestepping time-consuming and costly integration issues,"said Greg Merritt, vice president, marketing, Enterprise Networks, Nortel Networks. "As part of our 'One network. A world of choice.' enterprise technology vision, this portfolio also demonstrates that we are fully committed to delivering a breadth of convergence choices to all of our enterprise customers."</p>
<p>"Nortel Networks new line of IP telephony products for the SMB space offers IT resellers greater flexibility and a wider range of options for migrating their customers to an IP network,"said Roy Appelbaum, vice president of network product marketing for Tech Data Corporation, a leading provider of IT products, logistics management and other value-added services. "We've had a long and successful relationship with Nortel Networks and believe these products will give resellers big business solutions at an attractive price point."
Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager Release 3.5 integrates rich voice features with Quality of Service (QoS), secure network access, unified messaging and call routing, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), and product enhancements that support:
Applications - Business Communications Manager 3.5 will build on the award-winning Business Communications Manager 3.0 by enhancing existing capabilities and delivering new technologies designed to increase employee efficiency, maximize the viability of existing resources and reduce operating costs. Release 3.5 will offer increased application performance by doubling channel capacity for additional voice mail, call center or IVR access.
Enhanced Networking - This will extend enterprise communications by supporting seamless Nortel Networks Succession* call server networking capabilities, designed to decrease networking costs and eliminate barriers associated with sharing voice mail and other features.
Security - Among the many security enhancements will be support for Secure Socket Layer, Secure Shell, multilevel password policies, and enhanced denial of service upgrades.
Management - Business Communications Manager 3.5 will enable users to manage one or more Business Communications Managers locally or remotely by browser. Release 3.5 will also offer simplified installation, enhanced maintenance, additional alarms, events, and reports.
Investment protection - Previous versions of Business Communications Manager can be easily and cost-effectively upgraded to Release 3.5.
The Norstar Integrated Communications portfolio continues to lead the market in functionality, reliability, scalability and features for small- and medium-sized businesses and branch offices. Norstar Voice over IP Gateway will allow existing Norstar telephone systems to be IP-enabled. Offering support for up to four H.323 IP trunks, the browser-based Norstar Voice over IP Gateway will offer QoS and integrate extension dialing capabilities. Norstar Voice over IP Gateway will be compatible with all previous models and software releases.</p>
<p>CallPilot 100/150 2.0 unified messaging combines voice and e-mail into a single 'point-and-click' interface on user desktops. Enhancements to CallPilot will include increased application performance with centralized voice mail and auto attendant capabilities; introduction of unified messaging on CallPilot 100; centralized unified messaging; and increased scalability to support up to 300 subscriber mailboxes.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks Contivity 1740 Secure IP Services Gateways will offer small- and medium-sized businesses both routing and stringent security capabilities to securely network remote sites and branch offices. The gateways will provide IP routing, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), integrated firewalls, and QoS and bandwidth management capabilities - essential for supporting business-critical applications like IP telephony and streaming media. Contivity 1740 Secure IP Services Gateway will extend Contivity's mid-range secure IP services portfolio, and will handle up to 500 VPN tunnels. With up to four expansion slots, Contivity 1740 will be able to accommodate a mix of Wide Area Network (WAN) interfaces, Local Area Network (LAN) interfaces, and encryption acceleration cards, making it an attractive alternative to businesses looking for a flexible and cost-effective secure networking solution to connect remote sites.</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</p>
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<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark, Norstar, CallPilot, Contivity and Succession are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>
<p>Use of the terms "partner"and "partnership"does not imply a legal partnership relationship between Nortel Networks and any other party.</p>

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