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MegaPath Duet with MPLS and Managed Security Recognized for Outstanding Service

MegaPath Inc. announced the company’s Duet with MPLS and Managed Security service was named a recipient of the 2009 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award by Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC). The award, announced on June 25, 2010, recognizes leadership, vision and the most innovative products on the market.

“Companies are looking for customizable communications solutions that will grow with their business,” said Beth Tyebjee, SVP of Products and Project Management, MegaPath. “Duet with MPLS and Managed Security provides large enterprises and small business customers with an innovative solution that simplifies the management of critical voice and data capabilities. This recognition by TMC highlights our ability to deliver leading products that set the standard for the industry.”

MegaPath’s Duet with MPLS and Managed Security service enables businesses to consolidate all their voice and data communications over a single high-quality and high-performance private network. It also allows organizations to control and secure remote access to corporate IT resources, enhancing employee productivity and reducing the risk of lost data. MegaPath leverages its all-optical nationwide network and MPLS routing infrastructure to ensure Quality of Service (QoS), so business-critical applications like VoIP and enterprise solutions are prioritized for the highest level of quality. In addition, MegaPath tailors its SSL VPN service offerings to meet customer needs with the company’s Corporate Access SSL , Retail Access SSL and Business Continuity SSL services.

“MegaPath has been recognized with a 2009 Product of the Year Award for their admirable efforts in the advancement of voice and data communications,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Duet with MPLS and Managed Security has shown benefits for its customers and provides ROI for the companies that use it. Congratulations to the entire team at MegaPath. I look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the coming year.”

MegaPath’s services are consistently recognized for innovation and industry leadership. Most recently, CRN included the Company on its 2010 VAR500, a list of the top technology integrators. Also, Unified Communications named Duet with MPLS and Managed Security the Product of the Year for 2009. The Company’s Managed SSL VPN service was recognized by Internet Telephony and Customer Int[email protected] Solutions magazines as a 2009 Product of the Year. Other honors include, two consecutive Product of the Year awards from Internet Telephony for MegaPath’s Duet service and Unified Communications’ recognition of the company’s Site-to-Site MPLS VPN service as its 2008 Product of the Year.

Avaya Unveils Roadmap for Future of Business Communications

Integration of Former Nortel Enterprise Solutions Portfolio AcceleratesAvaya’s Vision of Communications Powering Enhanced Business Effectiveness

BASKING RIDGE, NJ–(Marketwire – January 19, 2010) – Avaya today unveiled its vision for the future of communications and a roadmap that integrates products and services from the recently acquired Nortel Enterprise Solutions (NES) to create a new standard for business communications.

Avaya’s vision is based on open standards, communications-enabled business systems and effective, contextual, real-time communications. Using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) organizations, large to small, can make smooth transitions to new capabilities at their own pace while protecting existing communications investments. Avaya’s communications-enabled business systems streamline business processes by injecting real-time communications where they can provide value. Users are able to be more effective by having access to information based on the context of the task at hand.

“The integrated roadmap we’re outlining today supports Avaya’s commitment to providing customers with the advanced communications capabilities they need to manage and grow their organizations,” said Alan Baratz, senior vice president and president, Global Communications Solutions, Avaya. “In developing the portfolio, our guiding principle was to deliver the most compelling and cost-effective systems and services to customers and partners.”

The new roadmap builds on the existing Avaya portfolio with capabilities integrated from Nortel Enterprise Solutions. The roadmap highlights include:

The centerpiece of the unified communications (UC) portfolio is Avaya Aura

Avaya Completes Acquisition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions

Avaya announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Nortel Enterprise Solutions (NES).

The addition of NES further enhances Avaya’s strategic position in providing business communications solutions and services for enterprise customers. The acquisition gives the company added scale, resources and expertise to deliver a portfolio of solutions and services around the globe.
“The completion of this acquisition represents another major step in Avaya’s evolution and growth in the communications industry,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, president and CEO, Avaya. “Avaya and Nortel Enterprise Solutions share a common vision for the future of business communications. By combining our complementary technology portfolios, deep industry specific domain expertise, sales channels and customer bases, the new Avaya will redefine business communications and help customers to reduce costs, simplify operations and increase their business agility.”
As a result of the acquisition, Avaya will benefit from an expanded partner ecosystem, a broader portfolio, an enhanced customer base, and a greater ability to compete globally.

Avaya buys Nortel assets

avayanortel1Nortel Networks Corporation [OTC: NRTLQ] have concluded a successful auction of substantially all of the assets of Nortel’s global Enterprise Solutions business as well as the shares of Nortel Government Solutions Incorporated and DiamondWare, Ltd. Avaya Inc. (Avaya) has emerged as the winning bidder agreeing to pay US$900 million in cash to Nortel, with an additional pool of US$15 million reserved for an employee retention program.

The sale is subject to court approvals in the U.S., Canada, France and Israel as well as regulatory approvals, other customary closing conditions and certain post-closing purchase price adjustments. Continue reading Avaya buys Nortel assets

Nortel Identity Engines for Network Security

nortel1Nortel is delivering new solutions to integrate ‘Identity-Aware’ network security with unified communications technology, enabling enterprises to increase productivity, lower operating expenses and give them new competitive advantages by providing secure access to the right resources from anywhere and at any time.

The company is introducing Nortel’s

Unified Communications Solutions: A Practical Business and Technology Approach

Nortel [NYSE/TSX: NT ] has unveiled a new educational program designed to provide IT professionals and students with a broader understanding of unified communications . This new program is the most comprehensive, vendor-neutral training and certification curriculum available today. The new program includes the certification self-study guide entitled Unified Communications Solutions: A Practical Business and Technology Approach , from Nortel Press .

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Nortel’s ongoing transformation

Speaking with the investment community, Mike Zafirovski, Nortel president and CEO, discussed how Nortel * [NYSE/TSX: NT] is successfully executing against its plan and is sharpening its focus on long-term competitiveness and growth. The interactive day-long event was held at Nortel’s headquarters in Toronto.

“One year ago, Nortel outlined a carefully thought out strategy to regain market leadership in the long term. A strong focus on operational improvements combined with key investments in growth markets framed the foundation of the plan.” said Zafirovski. “I am pleased to say we are making progress on all fronts. While there is more work to do, we are seeing traction with our customers and a wider acceptance of our technology. The accelerated evolution of the market demonstrates that the path we have chosen is the right one and that our focus areas will translate into long-term revenue growth and consistent profitability.”

At the event, senior executives described the exciting opportunities that are emerging in the industry and Nortel’s plan to compete and win.

Joel Hackney, Nortel’s recently appointed president of Enterprise Solutions, highlighted the evolution of the desktop and the opportunities this provides Nortel at the intersection of the IT and networking industries.

“Nortel is simply and effectively integrating communications-based applications with business processes to drive out the complexity faced by today’s enterprises,” said Hackney. “Across multiple methods of communications – from voice to conferencing to data networking – Nortel is providing enterprises with the industry’s most complete portfolio of unified communications (UC) solutions. In fact, the strength of Nortel’s UC portfolio was recently recognized in industry analyst research, which we view as a strong validation of our market differentiation. In addition, our Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA) with Microsoft has delivered more than 300 joint wins representing over 900,000 licenses.”

The proliferation of video and data applications is driving the need for network upgrades. Philippe Morin, president of Metro Ethernet Networks said: “The growth of video, including peer-to-peer, will have the same profound impact on networks as digital voice applications did several decades ago. To ensure network operators can increase available bandwidth quickly and affordably, Nortel delivers 40 Gbps optical solutions that will not only meet the current demand but also provide a smooth migration path to 100 Gbps without complex re-engineering”

Innovation is driving real competitive differentiation in municipalities worldwide as Nortel works with key customers to redefine the market. Morin added: “With the explosion of high-bandwidth video and data applications, the battle for metro infrastructure is also heating up. Nortel has taken a unique technology direction with our Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) which is simpler, more robust and more cost-effective than the conventional approach used today. Since our milestone contract with BT earlier this year, we have extended our leadership with 30 more carrier Ethernet contracts globally. In 2008 and beyond, we’ll focus on increasing our customer momentum and evolving our PBT offer.”

The wireless industry is presenting important opportunities to Nortel and its customers. 4G technologies such as LTE (Long Term Evolution) and WiMAX will power the future and Nortel is on the forefront of this new wave.

“The CDMA and GSM markets remain strong for Nortel, however, we have been making investments in the future of wireless to serve our customers’ expanding requirements. Nortel’s WiMAX solutions provide true mobile broadband faster and more cost-effectively than the competition,” said Richard Lowe, president, Carrier Networks. “Leapfrogging to 4G has great transformational potential for both established service providers as well as new entrants to the industry. In addition, 4G has the potential to deliver real socio-economic change for emerging countries that have previously not been able to afford the widespread deployment of advanced communications technologies.”

At the heart of today’s communications industry are two common elements: complexity and change. The way businesses and consumers are using technology is changing faster then ever before. To help customers navigate this complexity, Nortel is expanding its services and solutions capability, using its deep expertise in communications to help its customers simplify their businesses and, fundamentally, drive a new growth business for the company.

“Some within our industry underestimate the profound nature and complexity of the changes taking place. Nortel understands our customers’ challenges very well, and is delivering a comprehensive solutions portfolio that allows them to maximize their technology investments as well as to design, build and operate their networks,” said Dietmar Wendt, president, Global Services and Solutions, Nortel. “We are gaining traction in growth areas, rolling out targeted vertical solutions, and have the best portfolio of end to end multimedia solutions in the market. This includes a showcase Telepresence solution that brings together an ecosystem of partners to deliver a solution that is open and compatible with any other network – a claim our competitors can’t make.”

Commenting on Nortel’s ongoing transformation, Zafirovski concluded: “Today, we are engaging with customers at a fundamentally different level from a year ago. They are seeing proof of our determination to deliver best-in-class innovation more simply and cost-effectively. And, they are responding by signing-up with Nortel for the long-term, worldwide. Across the company, the engine room is improving, customers are responding and employees are delivering. We have a long road ahead of us, but the new Nortel is starting to take shape.”

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today’s barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.