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Nortel Networks Takes Over Architel Systems

[Toronto, CANADA] - Nortel Networks acquired Architel Systems Corporation, a provider of software systems that allow service providers to enhance Internet Protocol (IP) services.

Service providers can deliver new IP services to customers with greater speed, quality and reliability, helping them realize business opportunities offered by the high-performance Internet.

A subsidiary of Nortel Networks amalgamated with Architel and it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nortel Networks.

"This acquisition provides us with first mover advantage in the market for the critical software and service-enabling solutions needed to create and run the high performance Internet," said Steve Nicolle, vice president of Service Ware Solutions, Nortel Networks.

With Architel, Nortel Networks will expand its Preside portfolio. Preside is a key element of the high-performance Internet, providing a foundation for eBusiness and other Internet applications. Preside enables applications like virtual private networks (VPNs) or e-business sites to work with any connection medium, optical, cable, wireless or high-speed Digital Subscriber Link (DSL) service allowing service providers to offer bundled services to businesses and consumers.

Architel was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Its service fulfillment software solutions have been implemented in wireline, wireless and data/IP environments worldwide. Service providers including Cable & Wireless, MCI WorldCom, British Telecom, and GTE have used Architel's services.

Nortel Networks is a global Internet and communications leader with capabilities spanning optical, wireless, local Internet and e-business.



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