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Nortel Invests in Muni Wireless

TORONTO -- Nortel(*) (NYSE/TSX: NT) is increasing investments in its Municipal Wireless Solution and services to help municipalities easily bring affordable broadband services to their citizens. This includes opening a municipal wireless lab, launching new promotions for its Municipal Wireless Solution and accelerating collaboration with some of the industry's leading applications vendors.

"We are committed to helping communities make wireless broadband services affordable and available to everyone," said Dietmar Wendt, president, Global Services, Nortel. "Nortel's Municipal Wireless Solution and simplified business models are helping customers maximize return on investment through improved productivity and efficiency of government operations, increased public safety and new economic growth. Municipal wireless is one of the key strategic areas that will help drive Nortel's business momentum and growth, and we plan to invest heavily in new resources that will help us lead this market."

Nortel combines a comprehensive portfolio of Wireless Mesh, Wireless LAN and WiMAX technologies with a full suite of Nortel Global Services, giving customers the solutions they need to design, deploy, support and evolve municipal wireless networks. Nortel's global experience designing, launching and installing hundreds of public and private wireless networks helps customers offset risk in building privately-funded networks. For municipalities interested in partnering with private sector companies, Nortel can help connect customers with operators that best meet the economic development and public safety needs of the community.

Nortel's dedicated municipal wireless lab is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and showcases the Company's entire Municipal Wireless Solution. The lab focuses on research and development of broadband wireless solutions that will allow municipalities and operators to realize simplified introduction of new wireless services and applications to boost economic development, improve public safety and give citizens easier access to government services. The lab also gives Nortel a collaborative environment in which to fully test and integrate an expansive ecosystem of partners to provide municipal applications.

Nortel is working with 121Media, Inc., Accela, Inc., Aptilo Networks, Blue Vector Systems, NetMotion Wireless, Pronto Networks and smarTVideo(TM) Technologies, Inc. to offer enhanced broadband wireless applications. These applications include in-vehicle communication services, automated meter reading, digital video surveillance, asset or fleet tracking and monitoring, subscriber management and access control and mobile television. In addition, Nortel's Municipal Wireless Solution leverages the Nortel Multimedia Communication Server 5100 to give customers access to a broad range of voice and collaboration tools such as instant messaging and video and audio conferencing.

"Through Nortel and NetMotion Wireless collaboration, police officers, firefighters, inspectors and other public safety employees will have the ability to securely and seamlessly roam while maintaining session persistence with mission-critical applications such as background checks or video surveillance," said John Knopf, director of product management, NetMotion Wireless. "For years, NetMotion Wireless' Mobility XE software has provided secure, remote access to the public safety market, enabling real-time access to information that keeps workers productive as they roam seamlessly across a variety of networks. Our expertise in this market paired with Nortel's strong presence in the municipal wireless space will allow many new customers to experience the power of our combined solutions."

In a separate release:

MINNEAPOLIS -- Nortel(*) (NYSE/TSX: NT) today announced new municipal wireless deployments that demonstrate the Company's strength in helping governments embrace broadband wireless as a strategic way to deliver efficient services that keep communities safe and productive, as well as economically competitive.

From rural to urban deployments, Nortel's Municipal Wireless Solution is being used by several new customers in North America, including Carlsbad, New Mexico; Occoquan Wireless in Occoquan, Virginia and Ronco Communications in Niagara County, New York.

Nortel combines a comprehensive portfolio of Wireless Mesh, Wireless LAN and WiMAX technologies with a full suite of Nortel Global Services, giving customers the solutions they need to design, deploy, support and evolve municipal wireless networks. Nortel's experience designing, launching and installing hundreds of public and private wireless networks around the world helps customers offset risk in building privately-funded networks. For municipalities interested in partnering with private sector companies, Nortel can help connect customers with operators that best meet the economic development and public safety needs of the community.

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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