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Maxis Selects Nortel to Manage Migration to IP-Based Next Generation Network


Powerful New Hosting Platform to Provide VoIP, Centrex IP, SIP Enterprise Services

APRIL 20, 2006, KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Maxis, Malaysiaís leading telecommunications company, has awarded Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] a contract in connection with its migration to a VoIP next generation network (NGN) for their fixed network operation.

This network will help Maxis to reduce operating costs and create new sources of revenue by providing its enterprise customers with advanced voice, data and SIP-based multimedia services like video conferencing, multimedia collaboration and personalized call management.

Maxis customers will be able to benefit from the cost and productivity advantages of VoIP, hosted Centrex IP business voice services, and hosted SIP-based capabilities.

ďNortel is focused on harnessing technology to make business simple for our service provider customers as well as the enterprises they serve,Ē said Yuri Zaharin Wahab, managing director, Malaysia and Brunei, Nortel. ďAs one of Maxisí key core switching suppliers, Nortel understands its business and network challenges and will use this knowledge to help Maxis evolve to a next generation, IP-centric infrastructure.Ē

The agreement calls for Nortel to manage Maxisí transition to VoIP - from planning and design to installation, integration and seamless customer migration from the existing circuit-switched network to the new packet-based network - as well as to provide three years of system support and maintenance.

The core technology being deployed is Nortelís Communication Server (CS) 2000 and Nortelís Centrex IP solution. Nortel CS 2000 is a carrier-grade VoIP softswitch that enables delivery of voice and data services over the same communication lines.

Nortelís Centrex IP solution offers more than 200 hosted business voice services from a multimedia-ready platform that will position Maxis to host next generation, SIP-based enterprise multimedia communications services like real-time collaboration, presence, video conferencing, messaging, and personalized call control. These services can increase productivity for geographically dispersed teams by providing ubiquitous access to telephony and multimedia applications regardless of communications device or physical location.

Nortelís Global Services include a full range of integrated services for design, deployment, management and maintenance of end-to-end multi-vendor network solutions, including seamless migration to next generation technologies.

Nortel was ranked #1 globally in enterprise and carrier IP telephony for the entire year and fourth quarter of 2005, according to recent reports from DellíOro Group, Infonetics Research and Synergy Research Group. For its line of VoIP equipment for the carrier and enterprise markets, Nortel was awarded the Frost and Sullivan 2005 award for Product Line Strategy Leadership.

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 worldís 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 todayís 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, visit

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