Nortel Wins in Nigeria, Israel

Nortel to expand CDMA2000 1X wireless data networks in separate deals with Multi-Links in Nigeria and Pelephone in Israel

October 14, 2003

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LAGOS, Nigeria -- Multi-Links Telecommunications Ltd. has selected Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to expand its next generation fixed wireless data network in Lagos and to deploy new CDMA2000 1X fixed networks in Abuja and Kaduna. The expansion is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2004.

This expansion will increase network capacity to accommodate more voice and data calls in Lagos. It will also position Multi-Links to provide wireless services to new markets in Abuja and Kaduna, which will be its first deployments outside of Lagos. The network equipment will position Multi-Links to drive new revenue opportunities with high-speed wireless data and secure Internet services like mobile Web browsing and e-mail access with attachments.

"This network expansion underlines our commitment to providing the highest quality voice and data services to customers across Nigeria," said C. K. Ramani, chief executive officer, Multi-Links. "Nortel Networks has worked closely with us on our network business model, and demonstrated their ability to move quickly and to cost-effectively deploy the technology we need to expand our services beyond Lagos."

Multi-Links' existing wireless network in Lagos, also deployed by Nortel Networks, was launched in March 2003 as Africa's first commercial CDMA 1X network.

"We are pleased to see the region's leading operators, like Multi-Links, turn to Nortel Networks CDMA2000 1X solutions to add capacity and bring sophisticated new voice and data services to market," said Michel Clement, president, Nortel Networks France, Middle East and Africa. "The wireless business model is an economical way to extend voice and Internet services to new populations. In many cases, a wireless solution is less expensive to implement in these kinds of regions than traditional wireline."

This continues Nortel Networks success in the emerging Middle East, African and Eastern Europe markets, including recent supply agreements with Multi-Links, Telecom Egypt and Angola Telecom in Africa, with BaykalWestcom and UralWestcom in Russia, and with Pelephone in Israel. Nortel Networks is a leading provider to the world's largest CDMA, GSM and UMTS operators including mm02, Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile and Vodafone in Europe; AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint PCS, Verizon Wireless and Bell Mobility in North America; BellSouth, SERCOM and Vesper in Latin America; China Unicom and Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW) in Asia; and Telstra in Australia.

Products from Nortel Networks Wireless Data Network portfolio to be deployed for Multi-Links include CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC) and CDMA Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) equipment. Nortel Networks is the sole supplier of CDMA2000 1X radio, IP (Internet Protocol) core infrastructure, and TDMA network equipment to Multi-Links.

Nortel Networks technology is designed to maximize existing customer investments and help service providers drive down capital and operating costs. Nortel Networks infrastructure is designed to help service providers migrate to next generation technologies like CDMA2000 1X, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, GPRS and EDGE through modular upgrades. This approach re-uses existing base station equipment to reduce or eliminate the need for costly hardware replacements. Nortel Networks is the industry's only end-to-end network supplier of all 3G wireless technologies.

Multi-Links Telecommunications Ltd. pioneered the private sector initiative in the liberalized Nigerian telecommunications sector in 1997. Since then, Multi-Links has carved a reputation as the most reliable and trusted network in Lagos. Multi-Links is currently expanding its network to increase capacity in Lagos to 500,000 subscribers and is installing independent networks in six other cities Expansion plans are based on CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO technologies which will enable a new era of high speed data network capabilities -- making Multi-Links once again a pioneer in the Nigerian telecom sector.

Nortel Networks is demonstrating its solutions for transforming networks to enable Business Without Boundaries at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva the week of October 13, 2003. Media and analysts may obtain up-to-date information on Nortel Networks at ITU Telecom World 2003 at www.nortelnetworks.com/itutelecomworld2003_press.

In a separate release:

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Pelephone, Israel's first 3G wireless network technology operator, has selected Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to expand its 3G Wireless Data Network in a supply agreement estimated at US$30 million over three years.

Nortel Networks is the primary provider of Pelephone's existing CDMA2000 1X Wireless Data Network, which was launched as Israel's first commercial 3G (third generation) wireless network earlier this year. Pelephone currently serves approximately 1.9 million subscribers in Israel.

This expansion will overlay existing network equipment and will also help Pelephone to drive new revenues by supporting high-speed wireless data and secure Internet services like Java games, downloadable ring tones and screen savers, picture, video and audio messaging, mobile Web browsing, and e-mail access with attachments.

"Nortel Networks has proved its ability to swiftly and economically deliver 3G wireless systems that integrate seamlessly with our current technology and provide advanced new functionality for our subscribers," said Jacob Gelbard, president, Pelephone Communications Ltd. "We are happy to once again turn to Nortel Networks as we enter the next phase of our wireless business strategy."

"Through our CDMA evolution capabilities, we help operators like Pelephone to drive reduced networking costs and increased revenue opportunities," said Pascal Debon, president, Wireless Networks, Nortel Networks. "This is a powerful business case. Operators are turning to Nortel Networks because our strategy meets today's challenging business environment to maximize network investments."

"We look forward to building on and continuing our relationship with Pelephone," said Sorin Lupu, managing director, Nortel Networks Israel. "We are leveraging our global wireless and technical experience and our 20-year position in the Israeli market to help Pelephone drive Israel into the next era of mobile communications."

This continues Nortel Networks success in the emerging Middle East, African and Eastern Europe markets, including recent supply agreements with Multi-Links, Telecom Egypt and Angola Telecom in Africa, and with BaykalWestcom and UralWestcom in Russia. Nortel Networks is also a leading provider to the world's largest CDMA, GSM and UMTS operators, including mm02, Orange, Telefonica, T-Mobile, and Vodafone in Europe; AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint PCS, Verizon Wireless and Bell Mobility in North America; BellSouth, SERCOM and Vesper in Latin America; China Unicom and Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW) in Asia; and Telstra in Australia.

This latest network supply agreement with Pelephone expands an ongoing business relationship between the two companies. Nortel Networks is Pelephone's primary supplier of CDMA2000 1X radio equipment and its sole supplier of core networking (packet and circuit) equipment.

Under this agreement, Nortel Networks will deploy products from its CDMA Metro Cell radio base station (BTS), CDMA Base Station Controller (BSC), and CDMA Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) portfolios to expand the Pelephone network.

Nortel Networks wireless technology is designed to maximize existing customer investments and help service providers drive down capital and operating costs. Nortel Networks wireless infrastructure is designed to migrate to next generation technologies like CDMA2000 1X, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO, GPRS and EDGE through modular upgrades. This approach re-uses existing base station equipment to reduce or eliminate the need for costly hardware replacements. Nortel Networks is the industry's only end-to-end network supplier of all 3G wireless technologies.

Nortel Networks is demonstrating its solutions for transforming networks to enable Business Without Boundaries at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva the week of October 13, 2003. Media and analysts may obtain up-to-date information on Nortel Networks at ITU Telecom World 2003 at www.nortelnetworks.com/corporate/events/2003c/itutelecomworld2003/press.html.

Nortel Networks Corp.

Multi-Links Telecommunications Ltd.

Pelephone Communications Ltd.

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