Nortel Networks Provides High-Performance Network for World Economic Forum
Network Designed for Heads of State, World's CEOs at Mountainside Gathering LONDON, UK, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - For the second year in a row, Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) has built a high-performance network for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, enabling 2,500 guests to be on-line and constantly connected to their e-mail from hundreds of PCs throughout Davos, Switzerland and the adjacent town of Klosters. The network is custom-designed to provide the performance, reliability and ease-of-use required for the busy, powerful heads of state and corporate chief executives who will attend, including US President Bill Clinton and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. This year's Davos network will feature new, innovative solutions including a dedicated leased line link from Davos to a Network Operations Centre in Geneva, enabling all network management, security and reliability aspects to be managed remotely. Connectivity to hotels in Davos will be provided using Nortel Networks 1 Meg Modem and ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) connections - giving increased speed (20 times the speed of a dial-up connection), increased bandwidth and greater security than ever. The conference venues will be networked with a gigabit Ethernet LAN, providing enhanced speed and reliability. Heads of state, senior government officials, and corporate chief executives will use the network to communicate, collaborate, and plan and manage their itineraries, making the most of the packed agenda of meetings and discussion groups involving some of the most powerful people in the world. "The high-performance network, along with the custom-designed user interface and other innovative features, plays a key role in making the Annual Meeting one of the most technologically innovative gatherings of world leaders," said Andre Schneider, chief information officer of the World Economic Forum. "Last year's network was extremely reliable and performed flawlessly, even the night we suffered an avalanche. We look forward to an equally good network performance this year." The Annual Meeting takes place from January 27 to February 1, 2000. Nortel Networks will individually network all the delegates, enabling them to: - Use interactive kiosks as the main tool for access to conference materials: - Remote registration for conference sessions, meals and events - Search the delegate database to schedule meetings on-line - Access the Internet over high-speed connections - Access their own e-mail accounts, which are securely hosted at the World Economic Forum's headquarters in Geneva Ian Craig, executive vice-president of Nortel Networks, said the World Economic Forum network showcases Nortel Networks' skill at building next- generation solutions, delivering the performance, scalability, reliability and customer service that service providers and enterprises alike require. "Nortel Networks is taking the lead in building the high-performance Internet," Craig said. "The network we have built in Davos demonstrates our ability to provide tailored services to a very high specification, and gives Nortel Networks a great opportunity to showcase our high-performance technology to this august gathering of world leaders." 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 www.nortelnetworks.com -30- For further information: Will Cairns, Nortel Networks, 44 1628 438031, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jeff Ferry, Nortel Networks, (703) 712-8339, email@example.com; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702, firstname.lastname@example.org; Archived images on this organization are available through CNW E-Pix at www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian Press.
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