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Nortel Signs Supply Deal with AT&T for Digital Wireless

With an e-business relationship to enable more rapid response to demand for wireless services, Nortel Networks secured a supply agreement with AT&T for wireless network equipment and services that could be worth US$600 million over three years.

"This relationship with Nortel Networks will help us stay ahead of growing wireless demand as reflected in the success of many of our bundled services, including Digital One Rate and AT&T's Wireless Family Plan," said Dan Hesse, president and chief executive officer, AT&T Wireless Services.

Nortel Networks is expected to supply TDMA IS-136 wireless equipment and services in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. It also expects a role in the evolution of the AT&T Wireless network to 3G.IP, an IP (Internet Protocol) architecture for third-generation (3G) mobile communications services. AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. operates one of the largest digital wireless networks in North America providing wireless voice and data communication services.

Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and wireline solutions for the Internet. It is creating a high-performance Internet while redefining the economics of networking and the Internet through unified networks that promise collaboration, communications and commerce.