Nortel Demos Ethernet Backhaul

Nortel will be joining multivendor interoperability demonstration of its carrier Ethernet and PBB-TE gear at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress

February 5, 2008

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PARIS -- The demand for mobile broadband is growing at a staggering pace, driven by new high-bandwidth video, Internet and multimedia content, requiring mobile operators to search for affordable ways to overhaul networks and keep pace with exploding demand. To show operators how they can meet this growth, before it cripples network performance, Nortel(1) (TSX: NT)(NYSE: NT) will be joining the world´s first multivendor interoperability demonstration of its carrier Ethernet and PBB-TE solution at the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress in Paris, France, February 6 - 8. Interoperability demonstrations are also planned for other wireless industry events including: Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 11 - 14, and CTIA, Las Vegas April 1 - 3.

The Paris interoperability demonstration is organized by the European Advanced Networking Test Center(2) (EANTC) and supported by the IP/MPLS Forum(2) and the Metro Ethernet Forum(2)(MEF) to demonstrate the viability of mobile backhaul over carrier Ethernet technologies including Provider Backbone Transport. The interoperability test will include members of the Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem: Ixia, Lightstorm Networks, Nortel, RAD Data Communications and Spirent Communications.

PBT, currently being standardized by the IEEE as PBB-TE (802.1Qay), is a key carrier Ethernet technology pioneered by Nortel, which is increasingly being adopted by the industry for delivering scalable, deterministic and reliable carrier Ethernet services for enterprise, residential and now mobile networking applications.

"Bandwidth demands from consumer and business mobile video content and applications have the potential to place unacceptable strain on the wireless network, stretching capacity and limiting the quality of services to users," said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "The increasing popularity of mobile video and video-enabled cell phones will only increase the network burden. Through these public demonstrations, Nortel will be showing just how PBB-TE-enabled carrier Ethernet can be used to deliver the bandwidth and cost advantages that are so important in helping operators worldwide address the backhaul challenge."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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