SINGAPORE, 22 May 2000 - Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSE: NT] and BT (British Telecommunications plc) have formed an
alliance to offer end-to-end, managed voice and data networking solutions in the Asia Pacific region.
This alliance combines Nortel Networks' portfolio of network infrastructure and management products with network integration, management and professional services from BT for comprehensive, end-to-end networking solutions that can grow with enterprises as their business grows.
"Businesses today are looking for one-stop communications shopping," said Barry Southern, president, Enterprise Solutions for Nortel Networks in Asia. "They're too busy focusing on their own core competencies to be concerned with building and managing a network infrastructure. Nortel Networks and BT can provide the networking solutions they need to exploit the eBusiness opportunities made possible by the emerging new high-performance Internet."
With the combined strengths of Nortel Networks and BT, the alliance seeks to implement complex network solutions and applications, including: wide area and virtual private voice, video and data networks; intranets/extranets; end-to-end management of equipment, network policies and security; and sophisticated call centers.
"No one company can, for example, provide all the components of a call centre," said Peter Shaw, regional manager, Strategic Markets Business Solutions, BT. " But only by teaming with a company like Nortel Networks can we supply a complete solution including call centre equipment and applications."
Nortel Networks and BT plan to target potential customers with offices in multiple cities, or those who wish to expand operations into and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
"Nortel Networks and BT are global players with strong, on-going commitments to the Asia Pacific market," Southern said. "Both have proven track records, and both are readily equipped to support customers expanding into this market."
British Telecommunications plc is a global provider of telecommunications services. Its principal activities include local, long distance and international telecommunications services, mobile communications, Internet services and IT solutions. BT is expanding its presence overseas rapidly and has operations in more than 30 countries worldwide.
BT is also part owner of Concert, the leading global telecommunications company serving multi-national business customers, international carriers and Internet service providers worldwide. Visit BT at www.bt.com.
Nortel Networks provides telephony, data, eBusiness, and wireless solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1999 U.S. GAAP revenues of US$21.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally.
Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is fasster and more reliable. 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 www.nortelnetworks.com.
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