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Nortel Rolls Out First Optical Internet Certification

[Markham, CANADA] Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) has added the industry's first certification for Optical Internet professionals to its Certification Program.

Intended to help accelerate worldwide deployment of the Optical Internet, the new track is designed to certify information technologists and networking professionals in both enterprise and service provider environments.

Optical Internet certification testing will be available beginning in the first quarter of 2001. Preparatory training is available immediately in selected areas.

Explosive growth of the Optical Internet marketplace has created significant demand for individuals who can sell, design, implement, and support new optical networks and services required globally by enterprises and service providers.

Nortel Networks intends to use the Optical Internet professional certification to help meet this demand, supporting continued growth, quality design and implementation of the Optical Internet. IBM, MetroMedia Fiber Networks and Unisys have already signed up to participate.

"Nortel Networks Optical Internet certification supports our mission to be the leading provider of end-to-end optical network solutions," said Charlotte Denenberg, vice president, optical infrastructure, Metromedia Fiber Network.

"It strengthens Metromedia's capabilities to build a metropolitan fiber optic infrastructure, and to enable our customers to implement the latest data, video, Internet and multimedia applications."

Nortel will offer six certification designations within the Optical Internet track, including four "specialist" level and two "expert" level programs. The specialist level will include account specialist, support specialist, design specialist, and field specialist.

Participants will be able to attend training courses first or go directly to the certification exams, which will be administered at all Authorized Prometrics Testing Centers. Training courses for the Optical Internet certification track average three days and range in cost from US $1,000 to US $5,000. Exams will range in cost from US$100 to US $300.

The Nortel Networks Certification Program also offers certification tracks in enterprise local and wide area networking, including specialist, expert and network architect levels of achievement.

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