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Nortel in Israeli Muni Trial

AIRPORT CITY, Israel -- Nortel(*) (NYSE/TSX: NT) has launched a municipal wireless mesh network trial in the city of Ariel, Israel, to deliver high-speed broadband wireless access and advanced wireless services to Ariel residents and municipal employees.

For the year-long trial, which forms part of Ariel's "Smart City" program, Nortel has deployed wireless mesh access points for high-speed wireless coverage in two key areas, along the city's pedestrian mall and at the campus of the College of Judea and Samaria.

Nortel's wireless mesh solution will deliver new municipal and college services to help fuel Ariel's economic development, lower operational costs, and improve public safety. Applications include wireless municipal surveillance cameras, remote water meter readings, wireless parking and traffic inspection, and wireless video and voice communications for municipal and college employees. High-speed Internet access for residents, visitors and college students will be provided free of charge for the duration of the trial.

Ron Nachman, mayor of Ariel, who initiated and is leading Ariel's "Smart City" program, said, "This wireless mesh network trial is another step towards realizing the 'Smart City' vision that I have been directing for several years. This time we are concentrating on creating a smart wireless city. By deploying municipal networks, powered by Nortel's wireless mesh solution, we can deliver a wide range of smarter, faster, wireless services. The city of Ariel is proud to be the first city in Israel to use this technology."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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