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Nortel Networks and Sun-Netscape Alliance Create New Service Delivery Solution for Service Providers

    Will Help Enable Service Providers to Offer Customized, 
    Packaged Solution Sets

    MOUNTAINVIEW and BOSTON, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT)
and the Sun-Netscape Alliance (Alliance) plan to jointly develop a new
directory-enabled solution that will allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
and Application Service Providers (ASPs) to create new service bundles,
deliver them more quickly, and manage them more efficiently. This proposed
solution is expected to provide a standards-based framework for the
fully-integrated delivery of next-generation applications and services.
    "Nortel Networks and the Sun-Netscape Alliance will use the directory as
the framework for enabling service providers to deliver a whole new generation
of services," said John Morency, executive vice president of Sage Research.
    "This is an opportunity of crucial significance," Morency said.
"Directories are becoming an important part of enterprise network service
delivery but, until now, haven't been practical to implement for service
providers. Nortel Networks and the Sun-Netscape Alliance intend to address
this issue through a simple, standards-based solution that is intended to
transform the manner in which future services are both provisioned and
    ISPs and ASPs face significant challenges to meet customer and market
demand using today's rigid and fragmented service delivery infrastructures.
With no shared concept of a user, it is difficult and expensive to offer
tailored packages and bring new services to market quickly. The proposed
solution from Nortel Networks and the Sun-Netscape Alliance will be designed
to give service providers more control over the content and delivery of their
service packages so that they can attack new markets, respond more quickly and
effectively to market dynamics, and offer their customers greater choice.
    Nortel Networks and the Sun-Netscape Alliance plan to combine
infrastructure software products from Sun-Netscape with policy services from
Nortel Networks to create the new service provider solution based on a common
integration schema and unified view of users across the network, service
applications and back-office systems.
    Nortel Networks and Sun-Netscape will jointly define a directory schema,
which they plan to propose it as an open industry specification. Each party
plans to support this proposed standard with compliant products by the second
half of 2000.
    "Nortel Networks is committed to helping ISPs and ASPs take advantage of
the e-business market, which Dataquest forecasts will grow to US$23 billion by
2003," said Steve Nicolle, vice president and general manager, Preside Service
Ware Solutions, Nortel Networks. "This scalable, standards-based directory
infrastructure will complement our recently announced Managed Applications
Services Initiative and will certainly help accelerate the creation and
deployment of exciting, new Internet services and business applications."
    "By refining their services and service level agreements from the
application through the entire network stack, service providers will be able
to more tightly integrate their products and compete more effectively in the
Net Economy," said Mark Tolliver, president and general manager of the
Sun-Netscape Alliance. "Our email, calendar, and web applications already
offer a highly customizable platform for building innovative value-added
services, and the Nortel Networks integration will help us further expand our
strong market share in the growing ASP market."
    "The Sun-Netscape Alliance and Nortel Networks are charting new territory
with this initiative," said Bill Willis, vice president engineering at
Interpath Communications Inc. "We fully support the integration of
applications and the network with a standards-based, directory-centric
approach. This will address a real sore spot in our industry."
    "Clearly, a critical issue for ISPs and ASPs is building the appropriate
infrastructure to quickly create and bring to market new eCommerce services,"
said Richard von Hagen, a partner with Andersen Consulting's Communications
practice. "By exploiting the capability of a directory for both business
applications and underlying network controls, this approach makes it easier
for us to build valuable solutions for our clients." Andersen Consulting, a
leading global management and technology consultancy, provides consulting
services to both Nortel Networks and the Sun-Netscape alliance.
    Proposed applications and services to be made available under the new
service provider framework include: iPlanet Directory, Web, Messaging, and
Calendar Server products, as well as iPlanet Webtop and Delegated
Administrator products from the Sun-Netscape Alliance.
    Also available will be Nortel Networks' Preside Policy Services, a set of
policy services that work across a wide range of network technology including
wireless, dial, digital subscriber loop and cable.
    Together, the products will offer a scalable, high-performance e-commerce
infrastructure platform for address assignment, user authentication,
authorization and administration, web application development, messaging,
calendaring, scheduling, and quality of service management.

    About the Sun-Netscape Alliance

    America Online, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. formed the Sun-Netscape
Alliance to provide easy to deploy, comprehensive enterprise and e-commerce
solutions to business partners and other companies competing in today's Net
Economy. The Alliance product portfolio provides customers with the industry's
most scalable, integrated infrastructure software and a family of production
ready e-commerce applications. The products are offered on the industry's most
widely available product platforms, including DEC, HP, IBM, Linux, SGI,
Microsoft Windows, and Sun. The alliance software product portfolio includes:
messaging and calendar, collaboration, web, application, directory, and
certificate servers. The Alliance also offers a family of production-ready
applications for e-commerce, including commerce exchange, procurement,
selling, and billing.

    About America Online, Inc.

    Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia, is the
world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and
e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: two worldwide Internet
services, America Online, with more than 18 million members, and CompuServe,
with approximately 2 million members; several leading Internet brands
including ICQ and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM
portals; and the Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers. Through its
strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the Company develops and offers
easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies
operating in the Net Economy.

    About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision - The Network Is The
Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its
position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to ".com" their
businesses. With US$12.4 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more
than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at

    About Nortel Networks

    Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and
wireline solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1998 revenues of US$17.6
billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers
globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that
is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics
and quality of networking and the Internet through Unified Networks that
promise a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce. Visit us at


For further information: Ann Fuller, Nortel Networks, (613) 768-4512,; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702,; Kelley Egre, Sun-Netscape Alliance, 
(503) 221-2396,
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