New WLAN Portfolio Optimized for Voice, Multimedia, Converged Applications

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] is delivering the next step in a comprehensive vision for enterprise mobility that enables users to have a consistent, reliable and secure mobile experience no matter what they are doing, what device they are using, or where they are. Nortel’s ability to provide true mobility for customers is strengthened by the introduction of a broadened portfolio of wireless local area network ( WLAN ) products, including capabilities and features developed in concert with Trapeze Networks.


The new Nortel WLAN 2300 Series is designed to support delivery of high-quality voice, data and multimedia applications – establishing the wireless LAN as the primary means of business communications. Nortel’s industry-leading total cost of ownership model and unprecedented ease of deployment and management provide the next step toward a fully-integrated wireless and wireline portfolio.

“Professionals expect to connect in a reliable and secure manner regardless of whether they are using a cell phone, a PDA, WLAN, or an IP phone,” said Aaron Vance, senior analyst, Synergy Research Group. “Nortel has deep bench strength in wireless, and this new relationship will help customers simplify management and lower overall costs. Moreover, this strategy of embedding wireless capabilities into wireline products is clearly in-line with the direction that the industry is heading.”

“Our mobility vision is designed to enhance the human experience and help our customers to be more productive and agile,” said Malcolm Collins, president, Enterprise Networks, Nortel. “With Nortel mobility solutions, customers can deliver secure, converged network services virtually indistinguishable from the capabilities available using a wired infrastructure. Introducing this new portfolio helps us to offer our leading wireless solutions across the full spectrum of customers from service providers and global enterprises to small businesses.”

“In this rapidly changing space, Nortel will continue to lead the industry by embedding wireless capabilities in our wired products to make true mobility a reality for enterprise customers,” Collins said. “We will deliver applications and services in the most convenient and efficient manner to help all customers drive productivity and decrease total cost of ownership.”

A key element of this vision, the new WLAN portfolio consists of the WLAN 2300 series to address the mobility needs of all customer segments, ranging from small- and medium-sized businesses to large enterprises and service providers. Its scalability allows the mobility solution to grow as customers grow, expanding to encompass new users and applications while protecting the initial investment. The focus is on providing a common experience for users, regardless of the device and whether they access the network by wired or wireless connection.

The new WLAN 2300 series is a flexible WLAN solution that delivers:
Improved Performance, afforded by features and resiliency designed for delivering high-quality voice and multimedia applications over a WLAN.
Lower Total Cost of Ownership, enabled with fewer networking elements to deploy and manage.
Increased deployment flexibility, as the WLAN 2300 series is optimized for mobile use with any device – WLAN Handset, Mobile Voice Client, Blackberry* handheld device, handheld PC – and its ability to scale from supporting just a few access points to thousands of access points across multiple networks.
Superior management, enabled with advanced operations support and granular monitoring and reporting tools.
Strong security, with industry-leading security measures designed in each element and the WLAN architecture.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on Nortel for wireless communications for both business and personal use. Nortel was the industry’s first supplier of wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies and is the only end-to-end provider of all next generation wireless solutions.

Nortel’s ability to provide secure and seamless mobility for voice, data and integrated multimedia applications with its WLAN solution for business received the SuperQuest award at both SUPERCOMM 2003 and 2004.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the world’s most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world’s greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

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