Nortel strengthens PBT-enabled carrier Ethernet solution

December 11, 2007

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TORONTO -- According to recent studies, user demands on the Internet could outpace network capacity within two years, causing brownouts and slowing Internet speeds to a frustrating crawl. To address this looming bandwidth shortage, Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] is enhancing its Carrier Ethernet portfolio, bringing more powerful resources to its PBT technologies with enhanced products that meet carrier demand for greater bandwidth capacity and flexibility to deliver the needed bandwidth. In addition, new capabilities allow Nortel’s PBT solution to carry "triple-play" services, including voice, Internet and TV programming for residential customers, increasing revenue opportunities for carriers.

"The rise in bandwidth-intensive applications and web sites like YouTube** has the potential to create a significant shortfall in available bandwidth," said Michael Howard, principal analyst and co-founder, Infonetics Research. "PBT technologies can help address this issue with its ability to control bandwidth in the network. Over the past year, the attraction of PBT has resulted in significant industry interest, and now customer pick-up is beginning. Nortel continues to develop its technology with enhancements that broaden its appeal, giving it new capabilities and extending its applicability to the residential market. This is a necessary next-step as PBT-enabled carrier Ethernet matures and gains share in the marketplace."

In addition to the evolution of PBT technologies, Nortel also announced customer momentum today in a companion announcement: Nortel’s PBT Powers Carriers to Deliver High-Bandwidth Services Like Video.

"The exponential growth in Internet traffic coupled with the trend of Hyperconnectivity, in which every device that should be connected to the network, will be connected to the network, could seriously impact the user experience on the Internet in the near future," said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel.

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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