IP Subsystem enables personalized multimedia services.

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IMS Converged Mobility Solution helps service providers offer personalized, real-time multimedia services to virtually any device across network. Part of IMS solution, Wireless Mobility Gateway 6000 bridges 3G wireless networks and WLAN networks to provide seamless and secure communication experience. IMS Converged Mobility solution provides telephony features such as caller ID, call waiting, call hold, click to call, call screening and routing, SMS, and IM interworking.



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Nortel Enhances IMS Portfolio with Converged Mobility, Interoperability Success



Fixed/Mobile Convergence Delivers More Personalized, Real-Time Multimedia Services From Any Location, Any Device

LAS VEGAS, April 6 / -- Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX: NT) today announced IMS portfolio enhancements designed to make it simpler for service providers to offer personalized multimedia services to virtually any device across any network - wireless, wireline or cable.

"In the same way the telephone changed how people communicated over distance and the Internet ushered in a new era of information exchange, IMS is expected to take networked communications to a new level of simplicity for users and provide greater profit potential for service providers," said Alan Stoddard, general manager, Carrier Multimedia Networks, Nortel. "IMS will enable intuitive networks that are subscriber-centric and access-aware; it is expected to put the power of the network in the hands of the subscriber and integrate multiple applications into a single, personalized experience. It is designed to allow users to move more seamlessly and securely between various networks with ease."

As part of the company's IMS portfolio enhancements, Nortel is introducing the Wireless Mobility Gateway 6000 (WMG 6000), a key component of its IMS Converged Mobility solution. Compliant to the emerging IMS Voice Call Continuity (VCC) standards, the WMG 6000 is designed to allow service providers to bridge 3G wireless networks and WLAN networks to provide a more seamless and secure communication experience for consumers and enterprise users. The IMS Converged Mobility solution provides added presence and advanced telephony features such as caller ID, call waiting, call hold, click to call, call screening and routing, SMS and IM interworking.

Nortel's IMS Converged Mobility solution builds on Nortel's experience across SIP multimedia, VoIP and wireless. It helps service providers to deliver more highly-reliable and secure communications seamlessly across all networks while maintaining a truly personalized experience for such IMS-based services as video calling, video conferencing, instant messaging and multimedia - all from one device and one phone number. It also is designed to make it possible for service providers to manage subscriber information across multiple access networks more effectively, resulting in one consolidated bill for subscribers.

Nortel's IMS Converged Mobility solution utilizes the WMG 6000 and the AS 5200 multimedia application server, both running on Nortel's IMS-compliant core. It leverages third party clients, increasing the range of supported devices and speeding the adoption of the solution.

Nortel's initial release of its IMS Converged Mobility product enhancements are expected to be available in the second half of 2006.

Nortel's IMS solution is access-aware and supports 3GPP (IMS), 3GPP2 (MMD), Packet Cable 2.0 and TISPAN standards.

Nortel's IMS solution is one of the most open implementations in the market as evidenced by the collaboration with many developers, partners and applications providers in its seven SIP Interoperability labs, six IMS Live Experience Centers and two Joint Customer Innovation Centers, one being with Bell Canada. In addition, Nortel is enhancing its IMS solution through work with IBM in the IBM Telecommunications Solutions Lab (TSL) in Montpellier, France.

"Successful interoperability testing underscores Nortel's commitment to delivering an open, standards-based IMS solution, which is essential for IMS in the future," Stoddard added.

Nortel recently completed IMS SIP interoperability with Broadsoft (www.broadsoft.com). The IMS tests with Broadsoft featured lab to lab testing using Broadsoft's VoIP application software and Nortel's IMS Core. In addition, through its recently established joint venture with LG Electronics, Nortel demonstrated live SIP Video Calling between a 3G UMTS mobile and a Nortel-LG SIP Video Phone to demonstrate the technology's ability to enhance revenue growth for wireless and wireline carriers.

Nortel also is working with Intel to bring IMS benefits to end users. Intel is a key supplier for Nortel's ATCA-compliant Versatile Service Engine (VSE) which is the hardware platform for Nortel's Call Session Control and Home Subscriber Server functions in the IMS architecture. VSE is designed to utilize Intel packet-processing blades for security as well as Intel NetStructure(R) ATCA single board computers, which incorporate multi-core processor technology and have been shown to provide up to 2.8 times the performance over current processors.

"Service providers will benefit from modular-based deployments by realizing a reduction in cost for transaction per subscriber with increased performance and reduction in total cost of ownership," said Anthony Ambrose, general manager, Modular Communications Platform Division, Intel. "Standards- based building blocks using multi-core technology from Intel are ideal for addressing ever increasing needs in rapidly deployed IMS environments."

Nortel's IMS solutions will be demonstrated at CTIA Wireless 2006 in Las Vegas (Las Vegas Convention Center, Hall C, Booth No. 1835) April 5-7.

Nortel has extensive expertise deploying its SIP-based Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5200 with more than 40 SIP-based multimedia customers globally. In addition, Nortel has more than 300 carrier VoIP networks installed around the world. Nortel is currently engaged in IMS trials with leading operators in wireline, cable, CDMA and GSM/UMTS markets, including an evaluation in Verizon's lab in Waltham, Mass. of Nortel's IMS multi-vendor interoperability and full support for voice services over fiber to the premise (FTTP).

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 www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit nortel.com/news.

CONTACT: Jamie Moody, (972) 684-7167, moodyjam@nortel.com; Jay Barta, (972) 685-2381, bartaj@nortel.com

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