Nortel Launches WiMAX Trial at National Taiwan University


Focus on Interoperability Testing of Wireless Devices, Multimedia Applications

TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 22 / The Graduate Institute of Business Administration and Electrical Engineering departments of National Taiwan University (NTU) are collaborating with Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX: NT) in a WiMAX broadband service trial that includes interoperability testing using a variety of wireless devices and multimedia applications.

The NTU WiMAX lab trial site supports field-testing and demonstration of a wide range of high-bandwidth multimedia applications - such as VoIP, video streaming, video surveillance and a WiMAX/WLAN handover to 3G networks - using PDAs, laptop computers, Wi-Fi handsets and WiMAX customer premise equipment.

"Nortel has great confidence in WiMAX as a long-range wireless broadband system for the very economical delivery of large amounts of bandwidth at speeds comparable to today's DSL land-line connections," said Jackson Wu, managing director, Taiwan, Nortel. "This trial at National Taiwan University will play a key role in confirming the power and versatility of WiMAX as well as Nortel's leading position in its evolution."

Nortel previously announced a Center of Excellence for WiMax Devices in Taipei. A significant number of worldwide Wi-Fi devices are designed and manufactured in Taiwan, and Nortel is working closely with Taiwan-based global specialists who are developing, for example, a portable dual mode WiMAX/Wi-Fi handset that will work with Nortel's WiMAX solution, and with the Nortel Wireless Mesh Network solution deployed in Taipei and Kaohsiung as part of the government's M-Taiwan initiative. Nortel's full, end-to-end WiMAX ecosystem will also include a wide range of other products from leading suppliers, including USB devices, PCMCIA cards, home gateways, portable PCs, PDAs and more.

In addition, Nortel has signed an agreement with Chunghwa Telecom to deploy a WiMAX solution in the operator's experimental park to create an environment for testing WiMAX and wireless mesh integration.

Nortel is working with key industry leaders and suppliers to develop a full end-to-end WiMAX ecosystem of products and solutions. A fundamental part of that ecosystem is leveraging the experience acquired through Nortel's own product development including activity through our joint venture LG-Nortel, and extensive collaboration with several major global industry influencers and device manufacturers.

Nortel is a member of the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led organization that promotes interoperability and certification of wireless products for delivery of faster, more affordable data, voice and video services to businesses and consumers. Nortel also owns many key patents in the technologies underlying the WiMAX standard and the company's seven years of work in OFDM and MIMO technology.

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.

Source: Nortel

CONTACT: Jane Lu, +886 2 2366 7815, janelu@nortel.com; Pat Cooper,
(425) 450-7523, pat.cooper@nortel.com

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