Microsoft and Nortel to Market High-Speed Internet Solutions With Nortel’s 1-Meg Modem and Microsoft Windows NT Server And NetShow

Microsoft and Nortel to Market High-Speed Internet Solutions With Nortel’s 1-Meg Modem and Microsoft Windows NT Server And NetShow

ATLANTA, June 9, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Nortel (Northern Telecom Inc.) today announced they will jointly market consumer applications that employ Nortel’s 1-Meg Modem and Microsoft® products such as the Windows NT® Server operating system and NetShow
streaming media services. These solutions will be featured in Microsoft’s world-class Partner Solutions Center, a facility dedicated to the quick, turnkey deployment of large-scale public network solutions.

The two companies also will work to drive the deployment of a splitterless DSL technology based on emerging Universal ADSL specifications. Nortel, as a contributing member of the Universal ADSL Working Group (UAWG), has made a commitment to the industry and to its customers to support Universal ADSL through its high-speed access portfolio.

“Nortel’s 1-Meg Modem represents further industry momentum toward high-speed access solutions for residential and business customers,”
said Cameron Myhrvold, vice president of the Internet customer unit at Microsoft.
“Microsoft is pleased to be working with Nortel as they move to incorporate the Universal ADSL specifications, currently under development by the UAWG, into their high-speed access portfolio. The resulting solutions will expand end-user choice and further advance widespread high-speed connectivity.”

“With this agreement, Microsoft is advancing its initiative to bring the world to user’s desktops,”
said Glenn Falcao, president, Nortel Public Data Networks.
“High-speed solutions like the 1-Meg Modem can open up opportunities for exciting new services, drive the availability of rich, bandwidth-intensive content, and stimulate the PC and networking businesses.”

In addition, Nortel announced its commitment to using Windows NT as its preferred platform for the delivery of new Internet telephony applications in carrier networks. (See the Nortel Web site for the press release titled
“Nortel Endorses Microsoft Windows NT Server for Carrier Services.”
) Nortel’s industry-leading Internet telephony applications will also be featured in Microsoft’s Partner Solutions Center.

Launched in October 1997, Nortel’s 1-Meg Modem solution is a mass-market, plug-and-play high-speed data solution that delivers Internet access more than 17 times faster than today’s 56K modem, with simultaneous voice service. Since its introduction, Nortel has received more than $1 billion in orders for the product.

Nortel is currently working with other industry leaders, including Microsoft, as a contributor to the UAWG, to define specifications for high-speed access technology and to speed deployment of high-speed access to consumers. Nortel (Booth 7549 Hall G) and Microsoft (Booth 539 Hall A) will be jointly demonstrating the capabilities of the 1-Meg Modem and Windows NT-based Internet telephony applications at SUPERCOMM ’98.

Nortel works with customers in more than 150 countries and territories to design, build and integrate their communications products and advanced digital networks. Nortel had 1997 revenues of $15.5 billion (U.S.) and has approximately 73,000 employees worldwide.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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