BT Picks Nortel for 21CN Centrex

BT orders Nortel's Communication Server (CS) 2000 for hosted business VOIP services to run over its 21CN

July 18, 2005

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LONDON -- BT has selected Nortel (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to supply equipment for its range of hosted Business IP (Internet Protocol) telephony services, which are designed to run across BT's 21st Century Network.

BT has placed orders for Nortel's Communication Server (CS) 2000 carrier-class voice over IP call server solution, which will enable delivery of an IP-based business voice solution hosted in BT's network and aimed at supporting the communications needs of large public and private sector organizations.

The Nortel solution will allow BT to manage the communications needs of the most demanding UK organizations, enabling BT to rapidly bring the benefits of a secure, simplified, scalable and highly resilient infrastructure, reduced operating costs, improved productivity and increased flexibility to its customers. This solution will also offer an upgrade path for existing customers using BT's traditional hosted telephony service, also based on Nortel equipment.

"BT's vision for the Digital Networked Economy is transforming the way we meet our customers' needs," said Mark Logan, general manager, VPN (Virtual Private Network) Products, BT Global Services. "The Nortel hosted voice service is an important part of that transformation."

"Along with our extensive managed local and wide-area network delivery capability, Nortel's voice over IP solution will enhance BT's ability to provide a seamless, cost-effective transition from traditional office-based and hosted voice systems to a converged, managed IP environment," Logan said. "As a result, we expect to offer our customers a significant competitive advantage through their ability to reap the cost and productivity benefits that convergence offers."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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