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Cable West Builds Converged IP Network with Nortel Solution


To Enable IP Telephony, Real-Time Video Distribution and Data Sharing

DECEMBER 22, 2005, TOKYO - Cable West Inc., a leading cable services provider in Japan, has deployed a converged IP network solution from Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to provide IP telephony services to subscribers, and to enable real-time video distribution and high-speed data sharing among its six subsidiary cable companies.

Cable West Inc. and its six subsidiaries serve approximately 1.5 million households in each of 12 cities and one town in Japanís Osaka prefecture, the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo.

Based on the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, the high-performance IP network has been optimized for real-time, bandwidth-intensive IP video and data transmission to increase employee productivity and reduce costs. It also provides a single, converged network for the efficient and cost-effective delivery of IP telephony services to cable subscribers. Network design and integration has been implemented by Nortel channel partner UNIADEX, Ltd.

ďNortelís Gigabit Ethernet solution will meet Cable Westís stringent network performance requirements for video and data transport, while providing a fully integrated, high-speed data transmission platform that is easily scalable to accommodate growth,Ē said Nick Vreugdenhil, country manager, Japan, Nortel. ďCable Westís shift to a converged IP network will also ensure the highest levels of quality and service for its recently introduced IP telephony service.Ē

A more reliable, secure and intelligent solution designed to provide increased bandwidth and additional revenue-generating potential for todayís service providers, Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 delivers high-density, high-performance Layer 2-7 switching, routing and traffic classification. The additional bandwidth allows for extensive use of shared resources and helps to ensure network performance regardless of the number of users connected at any given time.

Continuous transmission of broadcast programs is ensured by Nortelís interoperable Resilient Terabit Cluster network design, ensuring sub-second failover in case of any failure in the network. Resiliency is ensured by removing complexity from the network, making management simple, and saving on operational expenses.

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. 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 For the latest Nortel news, visit

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the outcome of regulatory and criminal investigations and civil litigation actions related to Nortelís restatements and the impact any resulting legal judgments, settlements, penalties and expenses could have on Nortelís results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and any related potential dilution of Nortelís common shares; the findings of Nortelís independent review and implementation of recommended remedial measures; the outcome of the ongoing independent review with respect to revenues for specific identified transactions, which review will have a particular emphasis on the underlying conduct that led to the initial recognition of these revenues; the restatement or revisions of Nortelís previously announced or filed financial results and resulting negative publicity; the existence of material weaknesses in Nortelís internal control over financial reporting and the conclusion of Nortelís management and independent auditor that Nortelís internal control over financial reporting is ineffective, which could continue to impact Nortelís ability to report its results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a timely manner; the impact of Nortelís and NNLís failure to timely file their financial statements and related periodic reports, including Nortelís inability to access its shelf registration statement filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); the impact of management changes, including the termination for cause of Nortelís former CEO, CFO and Controller in April 2004; the sufficiency of Nortelís restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004 and December 14, 2004, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; cautious or reduced spending by Nortelís customers; increased consolidation among Nortelís customers and the loss of customers in certain markets; fluctuations in Nortelís operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; fluctuations in Nortelís cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortelís monitoring of the capital markets for opportunities to improve its capital structure and financial flexibility; Nortelís ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; the use of cash collateral to support Nortelís normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortelís subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortelís defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortelís cash flow; the adverse resolution of class actions, litigation in the ordinary course of business, intellectual property disputes and similar matters; Nortelís dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortelís ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization and consolidation in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortelís customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; general stock market volatility; negative developments associated with Nortelís supply contracts and contract manufacturing agreements, including as a result of using a sole supplier for a key component of certain optical networks solutions; the impact of Nortelís supply and outsourcing contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; any undetected product defects, errors or failures; the future success of Nortelís strategic alliances; and certain restrictions on how Nortel and its president and chief executive officer conduct business. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed by Nortel with the SEC. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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