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Nortel Networks Expands Passport Family Support for E-Business

    BILLERICA, MA, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - With a mix of new products and product
enhancements, Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) has significantly expanded the
e-business capability of its Passport multiservice IP (Internet Protocol) WAN
(wide area network) switches.
    Nortel Networks today unveiled the Passport 2430, a cost-effective
solution for small and medium-sized businesses and large companies with remote
branches. Other announcements included Passport 4400 Release 4.0, which
includes new voice-over-IP (VoIP) capabilities, and Passport 6400 Release 7.0,
adding a new functional processor for enhanced transport of IP traffic over
ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) backbone networks.
    "The demand for more IP-based services in both business-to-business and
business-to-consumer transactions continues to grow rapidly," said Bill
Willis, vice-president of engineering for Interpath Communications, a North
Carolina-based application service provider. "Nortel Networks is helping meet
this demand by adding more IP-related capabilities to Passport and increasing
Passport's potential to act as an e-business enabler."
    These capabilities increase Passport's support for e-business by lowering
costs; enhancing reliability, security and quality of service (QoS); and
enabling businesses to offer customers a greater range of IP services. They
enhance Passport's ability to combine voice and data traffic over switched WAN
services, and enable cost reductions by eliminating the need for
mission-specific voice and data networks.
    These capabilities also build on Nortel Networks' Open IP initiative by
delivering open IP routing on today's platforms. Features such as Open
Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing and IP quality of service enable customers
to deploy the high-performance IP networks they need today. In addition, these
solutions will be compatible with future high-performance Internet
applications and devices employing the Open IP source code.
    "Nortel Networks is building a high-performance Internet," said Edward
Pillman, president, enterprise product portfolio, Nortel Networks. "Today's
announcements represent another step toward making that vision a reality. By
offering IP-related functionality and security features, the Passport family
supports Nortel Networks' Open IP initiatives and helps make it easier to
conduct e-business."
    The Passport 2430 multiservice access switch provides flexibility and
high performance to businesses in a wide range of sizes and market niches.
Small and medium-sized businesses can deploy the 2430 as the primary router,
and it can serve large companies as a small branch office solution. E-business
demands more and more bandwidth and speed, and the Passport 2430 helps provide
these economically. The product offers cost savings through bandwidth
management, as well as remote management and monitoring through Nortel
Networks' industry-leading Optivity network management platform. Also, the
2430 has 10MB and 100MB Ethernet LAN (local area network) connections, in
addition to a wide variety of WAN interfaces.
    Passport 4400 Release 4.0 adds VoIP support to the 4400's existing
voice-over-Frame-Relay capability. This enables forwarding of packetized voice
traffic over IP networks including existing router infrastructures. This
enables greater flexibility in forwarding voice or data traffic, and makes it
easier for Passport to co-exist in existing router networks. Release 4.0 also
includes enhanced IP traffic prioritization; support of the OSPF advanced
routing protocol used for IP traffic; and a Web browser-driven configuration
tool that simplifies setup and support for Systems Network Architecture (SNA),
enabling remote SNA devices to connect to the 4400 for WAN access.
    The new ATM IP functional processor added by Passport 6400 Release 7.0
greatly enhances the performance of IP traffic routed over ATM. This is
important because, while applications are converging upon IP within enterprise
LAN and campus environments, most backbone networks are expected to remain
based on ATM for the foreseeable future. The new processor includes an
integrated IP processing engine that enables new features improving the QoS of
IP over ATM. This is particularly important for mission-critical business
applications. In addition, consolidating and routing traffic over a switched
ATM infrastructure is much less expensive than routing it over a series of
leased lines.

    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: Carter Cromwell, Nortel Networks, 
(408) 495-2050,; Paul Goyette, Nortel 
Networks, (905) 863-4702,;
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