PARIS, France, November 28--
o Orange Business Services Launches 'Business Together' based on Nortel Technology
Orange Business Services, which provides enterprise business solutions and services by the France Telecom Group as of June 1, 2006, has launched a new suite of SIP multimedia services based on Nortel(1) [NYSE/TSX: NT] technology. The new service 'Business Together' will first be available for corporate French customers in November 2006. As a result of a strategic partnership, France Telecom and Nortel have jointly developed these new services to help businesses communicate and collaborate with greater flexibility and efficiency.
'Business Together' from Orange Business Services unifies onto a single interface all the necessary tools for a company to optimize their team working environment. It does this through telephony, collaboration, instant messaging and multimedia communications; all safely accessibly from a computer, an IP Phone or a mobile smartphone. 'Business Together' enables workers to communicate wherever they are, at the office or on the road.
"'Business Together' is a significant breakthrough for how workers can work together instantly whether they are in the office or on the road," said Barbara Dalibard, executive vice president, Orange Business Services. "Our offering is unique to the marketplace and we plan to expand to other countries in 2007. We will continue to work closely with Nortel to help realize its full potential."
The strategic partnership signed in 2004 between France Telecom and Nortel has a common objective to jointly develop and deploy IP multimedia services as the basis for a new generation of seamless services in the business market, and particularly in person-to-person communication and collaborative work. A strong focus has been made on co-development, co-marketing and co-selling of these services.
"Our partnership with France Telecom is powerful proof of Nortel's drive to equip service providers with technology designed to cost-effectively evolve their networks to deliver new and innovative user experiences," said Michel Clement, president of Southern Europe, Nortel. "France Telecom and Nortel have a long history of delivering next-generation solutions and services. Today's announcement further builds upon the strength of that relationship."
Orange's "Business Together" services include Nortel's SIP Multimedia Communication Server 5200 (MCS 5200) which seamlessly integrates voice with video, collaboration, presence and reachability services. This solution leverages SIP to enable service providers to deliver secured network based technologies and enriched communications experiences.
Nortel has been a key supplier to France Telecom Group network for nearly two decades providing solutions in wireless, wireline data and optical DWDM as well as Enterprise Networks.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services represents the business communications solutions and services provided by the France Telecom Group as of June 1, 2006. They were previously sold under the France Telecom, Orange, Equant, Etrali, Almerys, EGT, Expertel Consulting, France Telecom Intelmatique, SETIB and Solicia brands.
The offers include converged voice, data and mobile services as well as IT expertise and managed services, all designed to transform business processes and improve productivity. Orange Business Services is present in
166 countries and territories and serves customers in 220.
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 nortel.com/news.
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