T-Mobile Offers B'band

T-Mobile has expanded its deployment of Nortel’s wireless core network solutions

March 10, 2006

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HANNOVER, Germany -- Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] has been selected to expand T-Mobile's wireless core network with new capabilities designed to bridge the operator's commercial UMTS wireless network with WiFi networks to provide seamless communications for subscribers. This is expected to be the first commercial deployment that supports seamless broadband mobility across 3G, EDGE, GPRS and WiFi networks in Europe.

This capability will be demonstrated at CeBit 2006 in Hanover in booth 26, A01. T-Mobile will offer the new service to customers using laptops and dual mode PDAs, such as the T-Mobile MDA Pro, beginning Summer 2006.

With this deployment, enterprise customers can enjoy "Always Best Connected" access to new data and multimedia/SIP-based services beyond voice, including video calling, video conferencing, short messaging service, instant messaging, e-mail, Web access - all from one device and one phone number - with no interruption to their communication session. It will also enable T-Mobile to better manage customer billing information across networks so that end users can receive one, consolidated bill.

"This innovative technology is designed to greatly enhance our customer's experience by allowing users to roam seamlessly and enjoy a consistent, uninterrupted mobile communications across 3G, EDGE, GPRS and WiFi networks," said Joachim Horn, director, technology T-Mobile. "The service is designed to enable our customers to access private networks and enterprise applications in a secure environment while on the move, helping to improve productivity and efficiency."

The new capability is made possible through the integration of existing Nortel's Gateway GPRS Support Node (GGSN) with Azaire Networks' IP Converged Network Platform (IP-CNP). Azaire's IP-CNP provides an integrated hybrid network by extending the services from the existing 3G and GSM core network investments over new access technologies like WiFi and WiMax.

With this deployment, T-Mobile customers will be able to use multiple access technologies while preserving key cellular service benefits such as SIM card-based authentication, secure roaming, integrated accounting and billing, and seamless mobility. Customers have consistent user experience and access to their information regardless of how they connect to the T-Mobile network using their existing T-Mobile accounts.

"We are thrilled to work with T-Mobile to deliver a truly mobile environment that offers users a new standard of integrated voice, data and multimedia service from any location," said Dieter Buettenbender, Nortel global account manager for T-Mobile International. "With this technology T-Mobile will be able to continuously introduce these new services quickly and easily to its existing portfolio."

T-Mobile International AG

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