Nortel Networks, BellSouth Expand Voice Solutions to Include Packaged IP Telephony Solutions for SMBs.
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2003
Small, Medium-Sized Companies to Receive Clear, Flexible,
Cost-Effective Choices for Convergence
Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) has extended its relationship with BellSouth to supply IP (Internet Protocol) telephony solutions to mid-market customers. Through a packaged offering, Nortel Networks and BellSouth will provide small- and medium-sized businesses and branch offices with flexible, cost-effective voice and data convergence options that will offer both investment protection and customer choice in migrating to IP communications infrastructures.
"For 21 years, BellSouth and Nortel Networks have worked together to provide business customers with comprehensive voice solutions," said Dick Anderson, president, Customer Networks, BellSouth. "Now we are offering an expanded portfolio that allows customers to utilize their communications investments and migrate toward converged networks at their own pace as their business needs dictate. Every business is at various stages of technology adoption within their operations, and BellSouth's robust offerings provide multiple options that can be customized according to specific requirements."
Included in BellSouth's packaged IP migration solution are Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager converged voice and data platform and Nortel Networks Norstar Integrated Communications Systems. Together, these products give the small and medium-sized business community and enterprise branch offices a choice of pursuing either an IP-enabled or pure IP convergence strategy. In addition, these solutions offer unified messaging capabilities, multimedia contact center options, integrated security, firewall measures and wireless capabilities.
"With pre-configured, pre-packaged solution offerings, our allies can help small- and medium-sized business customers implement IP-based telephony easily and cost-effectively with minimal disruption to their business," said Malcolm Collins, president, Enterprise Networks, Nortel Networks. "By joining forces, BellSouth and Nortel Networks will deliver networking solutions and quality customer service so that customers can benefit from our combined, industry-recognized expertise in voice, data and converged IP solutions."
"This supports the Nortel Networks enterprise vision of 'One network. A world of choice.', offering enterprises deployment choices in converged solutions while allowing our customers to focus on what is most important to them -- their business," Collins said.
The combined networking capabilities of these solutions from BellSouth and Nortel Networks create an integrated, centralized platform for voice and data communications, messaging and management. As a result, enterprises of all sizes can benefit from a solution that is more cost effective than running multiple, overlay networks.
Nortel Networks Norstar Integrated Communications Systems, ideal for small- to medium-sized businesses and branch offices, are fully digital telephony systems that integrate many communications platforms directly to the desktop computer of the end user, including voice mail, fax, e-mail and telephone service.
Nortel Networks Business Communications Manager delivers to small- and medium-sized business and branch offices all of the capabilities and benefits of Norstar, along with converged voice and data capabilities on a single platform. Business Communications Manager also provides advanced features like universal Internet access; support for intra-site virtual private networks; secure connectivity for remote and mobile users; full redundancy; and browser-based management. These features result in a powerful communications network that is simple to deploy and manage.
BellSouth and Nortel Networks have jointly deployed over 40,000 small- to medium-size business equipment solutions, supported by BellSouth's 900 Nortel Networks certified technicians.
Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.
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