Chinaís West-East Gas Pipeline Project Selects Nortelís IP Network Solution
Powering Chinaís Longest Pipeline with Wired, Wireless IP Voice, Data, Multimedia Communications
DECEMBER 20, 2005, BEIJING - Chinaís landmark West-East Gas Pipeline Project (WEPP) has selected an IP-based converged networking solution from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to power high quality voice and multimedia communications, both wired and wireless, along its 4,200-kilometer route.
Operated by PetroChina Company Limited**, a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation**, the pipeline is the longest in China, and one of the longest in the world spanning nine provinces to transport natural gas from the rich Lunnan gas fields of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region all the way to the economic hub of Shanghai and other regions of the Yangtze River Delta.
Currently in operation at WEPPís network control center in Shanghai, the converged network from Nortel will be extended to 57 out of 200 sites along the pipelineís route by early 2006. When complete, the project will be one of the largest IP softswitch-based enterprise networks Nortel has deployed to date in China.
Delivering seamless, real-time voice communications to office personnel and mobile workers at significantly lower costs than traditional fixed-line telephony, the Nortel IP solution also enables SIP-based multimedia and collaborative productivity applications. These applications include virtual interactive meetings with file exchange, Web based collaboration and other advanced capabilities. Nortelís VPN solution will provide secure connectivity across the IP network and the public Internet for mobile staff.
ďThis is a highly strategic project for China and Nortel is supporting WEPPís success by providing a proven converged communications platform that delivers carrier-grade performance, flexibility and reliability, as well as the scalability to meet future needs,Ē said Stephen Tsui, chief operating officer, Greater China, Nortel. ďThis contract is a significant milestone for Nortel in China representing the first deployment of our converged networking solution by the countryís gas industry.Ē
At the WEPP Shanghai control center, the Nortel solution consists of the Nortel Communication Server (CS) 1000, a full-featured IP PBX providing advanced applications and over 450 world-class telephony features, and the Nortel Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5100 to augment existing voice and data infrastructures and increase productivity by enabling multimedia collaboration, worker mobility and development of personalized applications.
In addition, Nortelís CallPilot unified messaging solution has also been deployed, as well as Nortelís VPN router to enable mobile users secure, remote access to voice mail, fax and e-mail services, and to make calls via the internal WEPP converged network through this office anywhere solution.
In addition to the Shanghai control center solution, 30 CS 1000 units and 27 Business Communications Manager (BCM) 50 systems are being installed in 57 of the 200 stations along the WEPP pipeline route during this initial phase of deployment. An all-in-one platform for converged voice and data communications, the BCM 50 provides a cost effective solution for remote sites with advanced capabilities such as IP telephony, messaging, IP networking, Internet access, and contact center capabilities with skills-based routing.
Nortelís IP-based communications and multimedia solutions are gathering momentum among Chinaís utilities, with major deployments for regional power utilities in Fujian and Shandong provinces and the Haihe River Water Resources Commission. Nortel has also deployed solutions for the water resource departments of Guangdong, Anhui and Henan provinces and the water resources commissions of the Huai River.
Nortel is a leading provider of communications solutions for utility companies worldwide, leveraging expertise in such new technologies as IP telephony, Optical Ethernet, and advanced multiservice switching. In China, Nortel has a long history of providing enterprise information networking across a broad range of industries. In addition to utilities, Nortel supplies communications solutions designed to be secure and reliable to energy, educational, financial and government institutions.
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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