Nortel Demonstrates Rich Suite of IMS SIP-Enabled Services with IBM in New IMS Enablement and Innovation Center
Companies Collaborate on Integrated IMS Service Offerings
FEBRUARY 13, 2006, MONTPELLIER, France - Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] is enhancing its IMS solution through work with IBM in the IBM Telecommunications Solutions Lab (TSL) in Montpellier, France.
In the new collaborative services integration environment of an IMS enablement and innovation center, Nortel and IBM are showcasing a live, integrated proof of concept IMS solution that can help customers realize dramatically shortened IMS service deployment times, simplified introduction of new services and faster routes to next generation service revenue opportunities.
ďIMS services collaboration is an integral part of the Nortel and IBM relationship,Ē said Sandy Aitken, IMS Solutions, IBM Communications Sector. ďThe work we are doing together in the lab, demonstrating a truly integrated IMS solution, is an important step towards removing cost and complexity barriers for service providers.Ē
Nortelís open, standards-based IMS solution is being trialed globally by operators across wireless, wireline and cable markets. The facility features a live IMS lifecycle solution comprised of Nortelís commercially available IMS core products and applications and IBMís standards-based service creation and delivery platforms built on IBM technology including BladeCenter servers and WebSphere and Rational software.
Initial applications to be supported in the Montpellier center include call tones that allow callers to initiate a multimedia session with a customized greeting; mobile multiplayer gaming to enable online play of a variety of multiplayer games accessible from PCs and mobile devices; immediate conferencing that gives users ability to instantly launch a conference call to a group of people across a variety of devices and push to content that allow users to quickly and easily trade files, media or website with the click of a button. Nortel is also showcasing its current IMS applications, such as the Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5200 application server, in the center.
In 2006, Nortel plans to expand its Customer Technology Innovation Center in Richardson, Texas with IBMís service creation capabilities to create a similar IMS enablement and innovation center.
To round out their integrated IMS solution in the Montpellier center, Nortel and IBM are also collaborating with leading applications and service enablement companies Brooktrout Technology, jNetX Inc., Qualphone Inc., Sonim Technologies and Terraplay to help operators broaden their portfolio of next generation services integrated into an overall IMS service architecture. Additional companies are expected be added as new capabilities are introduced.
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 www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.
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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