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Cypress Communications Simplifies Seamless Communications With Nortel IP Solutions


Converged Anywhere, Anytime Services Improve Productivity

MAY 02, 2006, LAS VEGAS - Cypress Communications, one of the largest providers of managed services in the U.S., is simplifying anywhere, anytime communication services for its enterprise customers in 29 U.S. cities with Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] IP solutions.

Cypress’ new C4 IP Communications service relies upon an advanced converged IP network from Nortel to deliver highly reliable hosted voice, data and Internet service to more than 120,000 users across 8,500 enterprises. The new IP network is designed to simplify employee communications and mobility and to heighten employee productivity for Cypress’ customers through real-time access to services regardless of location.

C4 IP Communications allows users to connect, communicate, collaborate and continue. Users can connect to the Cypress network with dynamic bandwidth for exceptional, consistent call quality and high-speed data transfer; communicate from anywhere with user-friendly chat, unified messaging and remote office features; collaborate in real-time with virtual interactive meetings, advanced audio and video conferencing and file sharing tools; and continue business-as-usual in the face of disaster.

“Cypress continually strives to distinguish itself from its competitors by ensuring that we deliver the most advanced communication services that help our customers simplify their business and drive productivity,” said Frank Grillo, executive vice president of sales, service and marketing, Cypress Communications. “Nortel enables us to bring the power of converged communications to our customers through a range of voice, video and IP-based multimedia services regardless of whether their employees are located in headquarters, a remote office or working offsite.”

“This increased level of connectivity and seamless access to services gives users improved mobility and supports a strong and sustainable competitive advantage for Cypress,” said Grillo.

“A deployment of this scale and scope is a strong endorsement of Nortel’s IP technology,” said Alex Pierson, general manager, Enterprise and Small-Medium Business Communication Systems, Nortel. “Cypress is committed to staying ahead of the communications curve, and Nortel has created a network for Cypress that will provide advanced capabilities and facilities for the people it will be serving, not only today but also into the future.”

As part of the transition to all-IP services for its customers, Cypress will use Nortel IP Phones including the IP Phone 2002, IP Phone 2004 and the IP Phone 2007 color touch screen desk set to provide advanced telephony features and access to multimedia applications. Nortel’s Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5200 has been deployed to enable greater collaboration, employee mobility and development of personalized applications.

Cypress is bundling Nortel’s high-performance Secure Router 1001 and 1004 with the ERS 470-48 Power over Ethernet routing switches and the IP phones for a complete, secure end-to-end converged solution.

Deployments like this one continue to support Nortel’s leadership in VoIP. Nortel was ranked #1 globally in enterprise IP telephony for the entire year of 2005, according to recent reports from Synergy Research Group, Dell’Oro Group and Infonetics Research.

About Cypress Communications

As the 57th fastest growing technology company in the nation and the 5th fastest growing technology company in Georgia, Cypress Communications provides managed communications in 29 major metropolitan U.S. markets. Each day, Cypress uses its network infrastructure to connect more than 120,000 employees for nearly 8,500 businesses in commercial office buildings. As a single-source provider of managed communication solutions, Cypress supplies IP Communications, unlimited local and long distance calling, advanced phones, business-class Internet connectivity, firewalls, security and VPN solutions and audio/Web conferencing solutions. Cypress C4 IP Communicationssm provides a premium bundled solution with one number to call for support, one simple bill and the highest level of service available. Cypress Communications is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The company’s web address is**

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 world’s 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 today’s 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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