Nortel, Runcom Partner

DALLAS -- Delivery of broadband, media-rich content to mobile users - such as voice, streaming music, video, internet access and multimedia - is taking a significant leap forward with the joint collaboration on new technologies from Nortel(*) (NYSE/TSX: NT) and Runcom that will enable the development of new, WiMAX-enabled devices.

The new WiMAX technology is planned to support high-bandwidth mobile applications like VoIP, videoconferencing and mobile video over large areas at three to five times the performance and efficiency of current 3G technologies.

Nortel's leadership in 4G Mobile Broadband technologies and Israel-based Runcom Technologies' pioneering developments in chipset technologies for Mobile WiMAX have yielded a collaboration focused on technologies that overcome transmission interruptions and delays that disrupt the real-time quality essential to new high-bandwidth applications.

This new technology called MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) is the focus of Nortel and Runcom's development efforts and is an advanced antenna technology that is used both in transmission and receiver equipment. The Nortel/Runcom collaboration is expected to be the first to deliver MIMO-enabled mobile WiMAX (802.16e) devices, which will be available mid-2007.

"Whether in densely-populated urban environments or sparsely-populated rural areas, WiMAX offers the latest and most popular solution to delivering mobile broadband communications that power economic growth," said Peter MacKinnon, general manager, WiMAX, Nortel and chairman, LG-Nortel. "Nortel's relationship with Runcom lays the groundwork that enables the integration of MIMO - the most compelling technology currently available for powering the future of mobile broadband."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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