WOW! Taps Nortel

TORONTO -- WOW!, Internet, Cable & Phone, the Midwestern provider of triple-play bundled services, has selected Nortel(1) (Toronto:NT.TO - News)(NYSE:NT - News) to build its next-generation network for enhanced triple-play services, including video-on-demand (VOD). The optical and Ethernet upgrades to the network will enable WOW! to offer its customers a larger library of VOD titles at faster speeds than currently available while ensuring the quality of other services. The Nortel optical solution will also provide a foundation for easily evolving future network services enhancements.

"The expansion of our network with Nortel is a great validation of our business because it means our focus on providing affordable service bundles and exemplary customer service has struck a chord," said Mike Brody, chief technical officer, WOW!. "Nortel gives us the ability to further our customer-centric philosophy by simplifying and improving our network infrastructure in a cost-effective manner, enabling us to deliver new communications and entertainment options to our customers."

"The consumer appetite for real-time services has never been higher, placing a heavy toll on networks that deliver everything from voice and data to video-on-demand," said Tom Buttermore, general manager, Cable Solutions, Nortel. "Nortel provides both the infrastructure to help deliver new services quickly and efficiently as well as the tools to simplify network complexity. WOW!'s customers are the real winners with this network expansion because they will be getting exciting new services that wouldn't have been possible before."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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