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XX Winter Olympics Starterís Gun for Nortel Voice Technology in Turin


FEBRUARY 09, 2006, TURIN, Italy - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] will give voice to the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy tomorrow through its fixed business telephony solutions which support the global sporting eventís 2,500 athletes, 10,000 media and the Olympic staff.

Based on Nortelís Communication Server 1000** solution the private fixed telephone network for the Games delivers highly reliable voice services through approximately 14,000 phones to all official sites including the Torino 2006 Organizing Committeeís (TOROC) headquarter in Turin, 16 games fields, press and media facilities as well as Olympic and Media Villages.

ďNortel has been at the forefront of research and innovation in the communications industry for more than a century, challenging limits with the same spirit of performance excellence that every athlete requires to become a champion,Ē said Peter Kelly, President Enterprise EMEA for Nortel. ďNortel has delivered a champion carrier-grade telephony network designed to ensure highly reliable communications support throughout all Olympic sites.Ē

The Nortel solution for the XX Olympic Winter Games provides feature-rich communication that includes voice mail, audio conferencing, contact center and unified messaging to support every event of the games. It was specially designed to meet the stringent flexibility and reliability requirements set by TOROC for continuous availability of a critical application such as voice communication. Complete real-time advanced management and network control of communications are provided by Nortel Telephony Manager platform which has been integrated into TOROCís Main Technology Center.

ďAmong all sporting events, the Olympic Games are the most challenging in requiring every communication element to perform precisely and flawlessly on schedule,Ē said Valentino Castellani, president of TOROC. ďNortelís technology excellence, along with its experience in delivering a wide range of communication systems throughout the world, positioned the Company to be a key vendor in ensuring the Olympic Games have the most reliable communication tools possible.Ē

Nortel has a proven track record in designing and deploying communication solutions in the sports market sector. Recent sport projects include: the SBC parkís communication network for the San Francisco Giants baseball team; the Surrey County Cricket Clubís fully converged communication infrastructure at the Oval, UK; and the City of Manchester Stadiumís communication system in the UK. Nortelís Olympic background includes the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Ireland where a comprehensive enterprise networking solution from Nortel supported the Gamesí management and health system.

The Nortel technology deployed for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games is part of the Companyís innovative converged communication solutions.

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. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate todayís 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 For the latest Nortel news, visit

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**Formerly known as Meridian 1


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