Nortel Touts Metro Ethernet Deployments

St. Hyancinthe, Quebec; Roanoke, Virginia; and Milwaukee are the latest cities to have Optical Ethernet deployments underway

November 4, 2002

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OTTAWA -- Nortel Networks(NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT) today announced several deployments of its Optical Ethernet solution by local governments and municipalities looking to leverage technology to create 'connected' communities and provide secure, on-line information and services to their citizens. The City of St. Hyancinthe, Quebec; the City of Roanoke, Virginia; and the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin are the latest cities to have deployments underway or completed. "Governments are looking for ways to use technology for new eGovernment applications and to link government, businesses and citizens together, locally, regionally, and globally," said Marco Pagani, president, Optical Ethernet, Nortel Networks. "Gone are the days when the only way to get what you need from the public sector was to stand in line during limited business hours. For federal, state and local governments, the Internet has provided a chance to reinvent the way they do business."Government organizations can leverage Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet technology to deliver new eGovernment services to their citizens -- from paying parking tickets online to accessing sophisticated Geographical Information System data for land surveys and appraisals, much as the City of Roanoke is doing. Others, like the City of Milwaukee, are deploying an Optical Ethernet solution to build a health and safety network focused on improving communication between emergency organizations. The City of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec is deploying Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet solution with the local school board to build a connected community that brings all its municipal organizations together to better meet the needs of its citizens.The City of St. Hyacinthe has deployed Nortel Networks Passport 8600 Routing Switches and Business Policy Switches to provide high-speed Internet access and information sharing. In addition, the city will use the network's additional speed and capacity to add new applications in the future, like distance learning and video conferencing. Nortel Networks has also successfully deployed Optical Ethernet networks for other municipal government organizations, including the City of Charlottesville, Virginia and the City of Daytona Beach, Florida. In December, Nortel Networks announced that the City of Daytona Beach deployed its Optical Ethernet solution to streamline the city's communication and public safety operations over a converged network and to increase network capacity to accommodate the city's many special events. Since then, Daytona Beach has rolled out additional high-speed data and voice services on its Optical Ethernet network by deploying fiber to homes and businesses throughout the city. Daytona Beach offers a 40 megabit per second service with adjustable bandwidth, giving customers the ability to request additional bandwidth at specific times. The City of Daytona Beach is also giving back to the community by working with a local college to provide these services to lower-income homes to enable distance learning and remote training.Nortel Networks Corp.

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