Rolls-Royce to Transform Network With Managed VoIP Service from Nortel
US$20 Million Voice Network Makeover Will Help Improve Telecommunications Service, Reduce Costs
JULY 11, 2006, LONDON - Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services, will transform its entire telephone network into a single, advanced network providing VoIP services based on Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] technology under a seven-year, estimated US$20 million managed services agreement.
The agreement will make Nortel the preferred provider of enterprise telephony solutions for the new Rolls-Royce global voice network, which will initially serve 26,500 users in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway, Germany and France.
“We selected Nortel for this important network and telephony infrastructure transformation because they truly understand our communication needs and how to simplify our network infrastructure,” said Jim Reed, IT purchasing director, Rolls-Royce “Nortel’s expertise and experience in delivering a highly comprehensive and competitive managed service as well as its ability to build large, reliable networks designed for delivery of new services convinced us to select it as our preferred communications provider.”
“This is a real milestone for Nortel,” said Peter Kelly, president, enterprise solutions for Nortel in Europe and the Middle East. “Our proven global expertise in management and integration of voice and data networks enables us to deliver an approach that will help simplify Rolls-Royce’s telephony and provide a platform to address its future communications requirements as well.”
The new Rolls-Royce global voice network will provide comprehensive voice calling services, unified voice, fax and e-mail messaging, and a platform for introduction of advanced mobility services for communications and collaboration virtually anytime, anywhere.
Nortel will provide full lifecycle services for the Rolls-Royce network from the Nortel Global Services portfolio. This will include design, integration and deployment of IP telephony equipment and software, along with management and maintenance of both the existing TDM-based network and the new VoIP network. Network management and maintenance will consist of remote fault monitoring with proactive network surveillance, customer-defined service level agreements for response and resolution, moves and changes, comprehensive customer reporting, and dedicated service management.
Nortel’s enterprise VoIP solution for Rolls-Royce will include Nortel Communication Server 1000, Nortel CallPilot* for unified voice, fax and e-mail accessible from any location, and Nortel mobility services.
Nortel’s 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.
Rolls-Royce, the world leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 36,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. For more information, visit Rolls-Royce on the Web at www.rolls-royce.com**.
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 www.nortel.com/news.
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