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TSTT, Nortel Networks to Build Next Generation Network in Trinidad and Tobago

New Voice over IP Infrastructure Expected to Accelerate Delivery of Broadband Services, Advanced Voice, Data, Multimedia Applications

Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (TSTT) has selected Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to converge the operator’s existing networks and build a single, high-capacity, next generation infrastructure based on IP (Internet Protocol) technology.

The new voice over IP network will position TSTT to accelerate delivery of DSL and other advanced broadband voice, data and multimedia services to businesses and consumers in Trinidad and Tobago. Customers will eventually be able to personalize and customize applications like video calling, unified messaging, electronic document sharing and other collaborative tools.

“TSTT’s commitment to customers in Trinidad and Tobago has always been to provide a broad array of advanced services that can enhance as well as simplify their day-to-day communications,” said TSTT’s Chief Executive Officer, Samuel A. . “We selected Nortel Network, based on their market leadership position and knowledge of our market and business requirements. We are confident we can rely on their expertise to help us evolve our network into a more advanced yet cost-effective infrastructure that will allow us to meet our customers’ current and future needs.”

Under a new supply agreement estimated at approximately US$33 million over two years, Nortel Networks will deploy a comprehensive packet-switched solution for TSTT, including Nortel Networks Succession* Carrier voice over IP solutions and Multimedia Communications Portfolio. Nortel Networks will also implement a DSL solution for TSTT from its newly-expanded broadband access portfolio.

A voice over IP or packet-switched network allows voice to be ‘broken’ into packets and transported on a data network, maintaining the same voice quality and increasing capacity for additional broadband services. Nortel Networks voice over IP solution also positions service providers to simplify network management and reduce operating costs.

“Today’s IP-based networks are clearly the new frontier in communications,” said Norberto Milan, managing director, Caribbean region, Nortel Networks. “TSTT is taking confident steps into this new territory to offer its customers advanced services that can help increase functionality, mobility and productivity. TSTT shares our vision of eliminating boundaries and enriching communications. After 20-plus years, we continue to work closely with them to provide an advanced and reliable infrastructure to enhance the communications experience of their customers.”

Implementation will begin immediately. This will include deployment of Nortel Networks Succession Communication Server (CS) 2000, Media Gateway 9000, Multimedia Communication Server 5200, Nortel Networks Passport* 8600 and 15000, Packet Voice Gateway, and optical components from Nortel Networks OPTera* portfolio.