Nortel First on DoD Approved List With JITC-Certified Stand-Alone Optical Platform

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Nortel Government Solutions, a U.S. company wholly owned by Nortel, today announced that Nortel's Optical (formerly OPTera) Metro 3500 has become the first stand-alone optical network element certified interoperable with the U.S. Defense Switched Network (DSN) for voice and data transport and included on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Voice Network Approved Products List.

Nortel's Optical Metro 3500, a next-generation SONET platform, meets all critical DSN interoperability requirements as confirmed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) in testing sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command.

"For more than 20 years, we have played a significant role in designing, building, modernizing and supporting critical communications infrastructure for the U.S. military," said Chuck Saffell, chief executive officer, Nortel Government Solutions and a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral.

"Bringing advanced optical technology to bear on the challenges of the federal market in general and the military in particular remains a strategic focus of Nortel Government Solutions and a key component of Nortel's overall strategy," Saffell said. "Our JITC-certified Optical Metro 3500 is at the forefront of this effort."

Nortel's Optical Metro 3500 is a fault-tolerant, DWDM-capable, scalable, next-generation SONET platform that offers industry-leading TDM aggregation densities and fully non-blocking switch matrices for efficient voice, data and video transport. It is scalable from OC-3 to OC-192, offering DWDM with a wide variety of services such as TDM (DS1, DS3, DS3 Transmux, EC-1/STS-1, OC-3, OC-12, OC-48, OC-192), storage services (Fibre Channel and FICON), and Ethernet (10/100 Base-T, 100 Base-FX and Gigabit Ethernet).

About Nortel Government Solutions

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