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Nortel CRO to Deliver Keynote Speech at ITU-T Next-Generation Network Event


McFadden to Discuss Next-Generation Network Standards and Network Convergence at London Event

NOVEMBER 14, 2005, OTTAWA - Brian McFadden, chief research officer, Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] will deliver a keynote speech titled ďNGN Standards: The Key to Success in ConvergenceĒ at the upcoming ITU-T event on next-generation networks (NGN).

This keynote, part of the ďMarket and Business Drivers for NGN,Ē session, is scheduled for 15:45 on November 18 at the Hilton, Gatwick in London, England. It will address the key role that global standards will play in the successful evolution to next-generation networks. McFadden will emphasize that the key to success will be collaboration, not competition, amongst the various global, national, and regional standards bodies.

McFadden will outline the business drivers for migrating from todayís disparate networks to a next- generation converged network capable of delivering advanced and reliable broadband multimedia services to end users, anywhere, anytime, from any device. The next-generation network will be more efficient to operate, easier to use, and result in lower operating costs for service providers. It will also deliver the multimedia, mobility, personalization, and security services end users value and carriers find profitable.

ďThe next generation network must offer a full range of services across all network types, spanning wireless, wireline, packet, voice, and optical technologies,Ē McFadden said. Nortel is well-positioned to take a leadership role in building the íNext-Generation Network Experienceí for our customers to meet the needs of both their business and residential end users. Our competitive advantage for our customers is the know-how to design, install, operate, and evolve these sophisticated networks. Very few other vendors have this breadth of capability"

Nortel has been a core contributor to the ITU-T FGNGN since its inception, holding several leadership positions. Nortel is also a key contributor to the regional NGN standards work underway in the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). Through participation in all of these standards bodies, Nortel is helping drive the creation of a unified global NGN standard.

Nortelís next-generation network architecture embraces the NGN standards work underway in the ITU-T, ATIS and ETSI. It is a comprehensive, converged multimedia network architecture focused on providing real business value to carriers and their end customers.

Nortel is a member of more than 85 global standards organizations, forums and consortia worldwide - spanning IT and telecom - and holds leadership positions in approximately 40 percent of them.

Media and analysts interested in scheduling one-on-one executive briefings or attending the event should contact Duncan McKean at or Toby Johnson at with the ITU.

About ITU NGN Event

The event will present an overview of NGN work so far, details on future directions, and some of the key business drivers for NGN. In addition to announcing completion of work on the Release 1 standards for NGN by ITU-Tís Focus Group on Next-Generation Networks (FGNGN), the event will communicate the next phase of NGN work, dubbed the NGN Global Standards Initiative (NGN-GSI).

About ITU

ITU is a world-wide organization which brings governments and industry together to coordinate the establishment and operation of global telecommunication networks and services; it is responsible for standardization, coordination and development of international telecommunications including radio communications, as well as the harmonization of national policies.

To fulfill its mission, ITU adopts international regulations and treaties governing all terrestrial and space uses of the frequency spectrum as well as the use of all satellite orbits which serve as a framework for national legislations; it develops standards to foster the interconnection of telecommunication systems on a worldwide scale regardless of the type of technology used; it also fosters the development of telecommunications in developing countries.

ITU also organizes worldwide and regional exhibitions and forums bringing together the most influential representatives of government and the telecommunications industry to exchange ideas, knowledge and technology for the benefit of the global community, and in particular the developing world.

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


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