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JEA Converging Voice, Data with Optical Solutions from Nortel Networks; Extensive Deployment to Support Electric, Water, Sewer Services in Jacksonville.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JEA, the largest municipal utility in Florida, is building an Optical Ethernet network based on optical products from Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to consolidate data, voice and control systems over a common, simple, secure and reliable network.

JEA is deploying a 140-node Optical Ethernet network based on Nortel Networks Optical Metro 3500 next generation SONET platforms. The network will consist of 12 Optical Ethernet rings throughout Jacksonville and the surrounding areas to connect substations, treatment plants and switching stations to support electric, water and sewer services in Jacksonville.

"The growing demand to support voice, data and storage traffic meant we needed to converge multiple systems onto one secure and reliable network, thus moving away from our current ATM network and towards a simple and scalable solution," said Victor Monfort, director of project management, JEA. "Leveraging resilient packet ring technology, Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet solution will provide us with the highest levels of reliability and security to ensure that there is no single point of failure on our network, which is a critical requirement for utility companies."

"With the continued focus on enabling better services to their customers, utilities are realizing the benefits that an optical networking solution can bring," said Philippe Morin, general manager, Optical Networks, Nortel Networks.

"By leveraging the field-proven architecture of Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet solutions, JEA will have a highly reliable solution to ensure power services can be restored in milliseconds, while enabling the reduction of total cost of ownership through the convergence of multiple networks over one infrastructure," Morin said. "And the flexibility of our optical solutions will enable JEA to support any protocol and any service on the same infrastructure."

The extensive end-to-end Ethernet network will serve as the foundation for JEA to support converged connectivity for enterprise data and voice networks and utility control systems. The flexibility of Optical Metro 3500 will offer JEA the ability to leverage the same infrastructure to institute business continuity and disaster recovery planning through diversified storage networking, while the scalability of the platform will allow JEA to smoothly and cost-effectively grow network services in the future. Leveraging Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology will allow JEA to support multiple data rings on the same physical infrastructure. This will support separation and secure handling for mission-critical control systems traffic, adherence to strict quality of service parameters, increased performance, and simplified engineering.

Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet Solutions combine the reach and reliability of optical networking with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of Ethernet to deliver higher bandwidth with lower cost. Optical Ethernet is transforming customer networks by enabling high bandwidth applications, and simplifying network design through the convergence of voice, video and data over a single infrastructure.

Nortel Networks Optical Ethernet solutions enable multiple, value-rich Ethernet and IP (Internet Protocol)-based services to be delivered by way of a single connection with 50 millisecond voice grade restoration while scaling gracefully to support in excess of 16 million unique service end points at a cost as low as half that of alternative broadband connectivity solutions, based on Nortel Networks testing.

Nortel Networks is focused on extending the benefits of networked storage and breaking through the barriers of distance, interoperability, scalability, capacity and protocol transparency that limit widespread deployment of storage solutions. These benefits are available across Nortel Networks CWDM (coarse wavelength division multiplexing), DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) and SONET platforms, giving customers the utmost flexibility in extending storage network solutions. Nortel Networks is an industry leader in transport of SAN traffic across the metro, carrying more than 200 petabits of mission-critical traffic per day. IDC estimates that Nortel Networks had approximately 44 percent of the metro WDM SAN extension market in 2003 (August 2004).

Nortel Networks end-to-end optical network portfolio includes next generation SONET/SDH, optical switching products, photonics (WDM) and Optical Ethernet products. Nortel Networks was the market leader in optical transport equipment for five consecutive years, according to a February 2004 report from the Dell'Oro Group. In addition, Nortel Networks was #1 worldwide in market share for the Metro Ethernet over MSPP and Metro Ethernet over WDM markets in 2003, according to IDC (February 2004).

JEA owns, operates and manages the electric system established by the City of Jacksonville in 1895. Today, JEA is the largest community-owned utility in Florida and the eighth largest in the United States, supporting electric, water, and sewer services for Jacksonville. As a municipal utility, JEA is committed to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.

As a global innovation leader, Nortel Networks enriches consumer and business communications worldwide by offering converged multimedia networks that eliminate the boundaries among voice, data and video. These networks use innovative packet, wireless, voice and optical technologies and are underpinned by high standards of security and reliability. For both carriers and enterprises, these networks help to drive increased profitability and productivity by reducing costs and enabling new business and consumer services opportunities. Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel Networks on the Web at or

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events.

Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the outcome of Nortel Networks independent review and planned restatement or revisions of its previously announced or filed financial results; the impact of the management changes announced on April 28, 2004 and August 19, 2004; the impact of the inability to meet Nortel Networks filing obligations on support facilities and public debt obligations; the sufficiency of Nortel Networks restructuring activities, including the work plan announced on August 19, 2004 as updated on September 30, 2004, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; cautious or reduced spending by Nortel Networks customers; fluctuations in Nortel Networks operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; the communication by Nortel Networks auditors of the existence of material weaknesses in internal controls; Nortel Networks ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in Nortel Networks cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel Networks normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel Networks subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel Networks defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations and Nortel Networks cash flows; Nortel Networks dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel Networks ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel Networks customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date or early settlement of Nortel Networks purchase contracts; the impact of Nortel Networks supply and outsourcing contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; the future success of Nortel Networks strategic alliances; and the adverse resolution of litigation, investigations, intellectual property disputes and similar matters.

For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Form 10-Q/A and Form 10-K/A filed by Nortel Networks with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel Networks disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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