Nortel Helps Verizon Business Extend Network and Enterprise Service Access Across Europe and Asia-Pacific

Metro Ethernet Networking Solution Supports International Network Consolidation and Delivery of New High Growth Services

Frankfurt am Main, (PresseBox) - Verizon Business is implementing a Nortel(1) (TSX: NT)(NYSE: NT) Metro Ethernet solution to help transform and consolidate its global network.

Verizon Business is deploying the Nortel Metro Ethernet Networking solution across Europe and Asia-Pacific using the Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 as a wideband digital cross-connect to deliver transport convergence for Verizon´s TDM and packet services. These services are available in 17 European countries and four countries across Asia.

"The Nortel Metro Ethernet Networking convergent platform is one of the solutions we´re using to help consolidate and expand the Verizon Business network so that we can cost-effectively expand our enterprise service offering across Europe and Asia," commented Peter Konings, product director of international advanced data services, Verizon Business.

Services enabled by the Verizon Business global IP network, including rapid and secure connectivity among multiple locations and improved Ethernet access, are designed to help businesses increase their productivity.

"Nortel is helping Verizon Business meet enterprise expectations for bandwidth-hungry applications across Europe and Asia in a cost-efficient manner," said Philippe Morin, president Metro Ethernet Networks Nortel. "By delivering a solution that combines Nortel´s optical expertise with Ethernet know-how we´re supporting Verizon Business as they deliver new services to meet increased user demand."

Nortel´s Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 convergence platform, used as a next-generation optical convergence solution, allows service providers to offer established and emerging high-growth optical broadband services with the fastest time to revenue, and lowest total cost of implementation and operation.

The OME 6500 platform´s cross-connect switching granularity together with its growth capacity, modularity and Ethernet capability enables nodal optimisation, speeds up end-to-end networking and provides a route to seamless migration to transport TDM (time-division multiplexing) and packet based Ethernet services.

The OME 6500 converged global platform supports a mix of global managed services ranging from lower speed electrical private line service through high speed SONET/SDH, Ethernet private line and switched virtual Ethernet Services. By using the same modular platform that supports unrestricted traffic management of both TDM and Ethernet traffic, a seamless end-to-end and scalable multi-service network capability is created for Verizon Business. As the volume of Ethernet private line services grows, the platform´s Layer 2 Service Switch (L2SS) capability will provide efficient head end aggregation and a scalable network solution for new definable, chargeable and economic services.

Verizon Business can also use its OME 6500 platform to leverage its extensive DWDM network and support new 10 Gigabit Ethernet services. The OME 6500 is now standard for international wide band digital cross-connect deployment and will also support network optimisation for expanded Ethernet services.

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