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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
    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
      -   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


For further information: Will Cairns, Nortel Networks, 44 1628 438031,; Jeff Ferry, Nortel Networks, (703) 712-8339,; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702,;
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