Nortel Wins Advanced Converged Network Contract With HOT Telecom
JANUARY 31, 2006, AIRPORT CITY, Israel - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] has won a contract via channel partner Bynet with HOT Telecom to deploy a very large converged network at the companyís new headquarters in the town of Yakum, Israel. The overall project size is estimated at US$1.5 million.
HOT Telecomís new converged network will equip its 1,400 employees with anywhere, anytime access to such communication services as voice, email and multimedia collaboration regardless of device - telephone, computer or PDA.
Itzik Nimrodi, HOT CTO: ďThe converged Network that will be provided to HOT, based on the SIP technology, will offer seamless connectivity between the companyís internal telephone system and between the telephony system that HOT uses to provide its customers with advanced telephone services. This latest technology will allow the company to reduce costs and increase its efficiency significantly.Ē
ďNortelís seamless communications solution is designed to allow HOT to benefit from a cost-effective, highly resilient converged network at its new headquarters while leveraging HOTís position as an industry-leading service provider.Ē said Sorin Lupu, president Israel and Eastern Europe Markets, Nortel. ďThis notable win continues to broaden Nortelís footprint in the IP telephony market in Israel.Ē
Nortelís advanced IP telephony network for HOT includes the Nortel Communication Server 1000, Secure Multimedia Controller 2450, designed to prevent Internet attacks on the IP Telephony system and 1,400 Nortel IP telephones.
On the infrastructure side of the solution, the network includes the Nortel Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 and Edge switches Ethernet Routing Switch 5520 including power over LAN, providing 10/100/1000 connectivity. As part of the data services, security applications based on the Nortel Switched Firewall 6616 and Application Switch 3408 are used for application switching and better efficiency in the data centre.
As part of the project, Bynet will also deploy the Nortel Contact Center, equipping 200 HOT customer service agents to provide quicker and more efficient service to costumers through smart routing of calls.
About HOT Telecom
HOT is the super brand of the 3 Israeli cable companies, which were recently placed in an operational merger with the intention of merging their financial operations in the future. HOTís main product, multi-channel television, serves close to one million subscribers, 65% of whom benefit from full-fledged digital service. In addition to regular multichannel TV, HOT recently launched VoD (Video on Demand) services based on the most advanced infrastructure. More than 200,000 clients have already subscribed to the new service. As well HOT offers PVR (Personal Video Recorder) device to further enhance its VoD offering. Fast internet on cable infrastructure is another service offered by HOT. Two and a half years from launch, HOT reports 425,000 subscribers to the cable internet, which represents 38% of Israelís broadband internet market. At the end of November 2004, HOT began the phased introduction of fixed telephony services on an advanced VoIP technology. By end 2005, the Company plans to serve 80,000 telephony customers.
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