Patriot Media Launches Digital Phone Service Using Nortel Cable VoIP Solution
Nortel Global Services Speed Deployment, Time to New Revenue Opportunities
NOVEMBER 14, 2005, SOMERSET, New Jersey - Patriot Media has deployed cable VoIP technology from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to offer Patriotís Digital Phone service to more than 115,000 homes in central New Jersey. The initial deployment was accomplished in one month from shipment to in-service with the aid of Nortel Global Services.
ďAdding voice capability to the Patriot Media network was a significant and critical step for us, and we presented Nortel with an extremely aggressive deployment schedule,Ē said Jim Holanda, president and general manger, Patriot Media. ďTo successfully meet each of our deadlines, Nortel brought together an exceptional team of services engineers with a robust cable VoIP solution to ensure Patriot Mediaís Digital Phone service delivers the highest standards of quality and reliability for our customers.Ē
Nortel Global Services provided to Patriot Media under an equipment and services agreement include consulting to minimize capital, operating and engineering costs while maximizing network and service performance. Patriot Media will continue to use Nortel Global Services to lead planning, program management, multi-vendor integration, interoperability testing and on-going deployment of its VoIP solution to promote smooth end-to-end network implementation.
Built on Nortelís PacketCable*-qualified Communication Server (CS) 2000-Compact softswitches, Patriot Mediaís Digital Phone service uses a Quality of Service (QOS) standard designed to ensure that voice calls are not affected by other Internet applications that may be running simultaneously. A constant information stream is expected to provide high levels of voice quality and eliminates echoes in the line and voice break-up.
ďThe SIP functionality of Nortelís softswitch allows us to efficiently connect to other telephony networks, and to pave the way for future SIP-enabled opportunities such as telephone caller ID and other features through the television display in one integrated experience,Ē Holanda said.
Nortel provided Patriot Media with IP Unityís MereonTM 6000 Media Server and Mereon Unified Messaging application to offer customers enhanced voice mail service. Enhanced voice mail provides all of the features of a traditional answering machine with added convenience and flexibility, such as the ability to manage and access messages from anywhere in the world via telephone or the Internet.
ďAs the competition heats up to capture more subscribers and keep pace with new technologies, cable customers like Patriot Media continue to look at VoIP technologies to give subscribers the best of the Internet with the best of todayís telephone network,Ē said Dan Mondor, general manager, Cable Network Solutions, Nortel. ďOne of Nortelís key strategies in making this possible is integrating products from companies like IP Unity into our service offerings to give providers a complete cable telephony solution that is designed to address their current needs and grow with their businesses.Ē
Nortel ranked number one in the global markets for service provider softswitches and gateways for the first half of 2005 and the entire year of 2004, according to Synergy Research Group. Nortelís cable solutions have been selected by leading operators around the world, including Cox Communications, Rogers Cable, Adelphia Communications, Charter Communications, Shaw Cablesystems, Cable One, ish, Kabel BW, TeleCable, Telenet, Dacom, Gansu, Cable Onda, and Intercable.
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. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the worldís greatest challenges. 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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*Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks. PacketCable is a trademark of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs). Mereon is a trademark of IP Unity.
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