Nortel Simplifies its Professional Certification Programme

Geschrieben am 03-10-2006

London (ots/PRNewswire) -

- Path to Certification Offers More Choice and Flexible Courses
Nortel(x) (NYSE: NT , TSX: NT) today announced significant updates to
its Professional Certification Programme for IT professionals and
enterprise channel partners. The updates include new initiatives
designed to provide a faster, more flexible path to certification on
Nortel's Enterprise product portfolio. Also, in response to customer
demand for certified resources, Nortel Professional Certification
Programme is expanding to include certifications in the
carrier/service provider space.

As part of its ongoing strategy to simplify the way Nortel does
business with partners and customers, the new Nortel Certification
Programme is available throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa
(EMEA); North America and Asia Pacific.

"The enhancements to Nortel's Certification Programme are key to
helping customers and partners efficiently validate the skills they
need to successfully deploy Nortel Solutions. By incorporating
certification exams as part of classroom training we are saving time
and money for IT professionals," said Scott Schauer, director,
Global Certification, Nortel.

Partners will be offered two new sets of exams - Segment and Delta
exams. As the name suggests, the Segment exams "unbundle" the
certification exam and deliver it in segments. This provides a step
by step or course by course approach making it easier for candidates
to progress toward certification and tests the student's knowledge
in more manageable segments.

Segment Exams can be taken at the conclusion of a training class
or challenged at a testing centre operated by Prometric, Nortel's
testing provider. A group of Segment exams associated with courses
in any given training track will equate to an associated Standard,
full-length exam. Passing the appropriate Segment exams will yield
the same certification designation as the Standard Certification
exam allowing candidates to work toward an exam requirement in a
more detailed phased approach if desired.

"Nortel is definitely taking this program in the right direction,"
said John Lockhart, operations director, Unified Group, a Nortel
channel partner. "Keeping my engineers' certification up-to-date
creates excellent career opportunities for them and I feel very
comfortable knowing I am investing my company time and money in a
program that is pro-actively addressing the evolving needs of the IT

Delta exams have been specifically designed to test incremental
knowledge and skills for a major new product release. Delta exams
will be targeted toward individuals holding a Nortel Professional
Certification at the previous product release. These individuals
will be able to update their Certification by passing the relevant
Delta Exam. Delta exams will be rolled out in conjunction with Delta
training courses.

Candidates will now be able to take exams at Prometric testing
centers or at the end of each leader-led class, the latter reducing
the time away from the office. End of class testing will offer
either the Segment Exam associated with the course, where one is
available, or the applicable standard full length exam. Either
choice of exams will be included in the price of the course.

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications
capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power
global commerce, and secure and protect the world's most critical
information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service
providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support
multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate
today's barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying
networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does
business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit
Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news,
visit www.nortel.com/news.

For more information about the new Professional Certification
Program please visit: www.nortel.com/certification

Certain statements in this press release may contain words such as
"could", "expects", "may", "anticipates", "believes", "intends",
"estimates ", "targets", "envisions", "seeks" and other similar
language and are considered forward-looking statements or
information under applicable securities legislation. These
statements are based on Nortel's current expectations, estimates,
forecasts and projections about the operating environment, economies
and markets in which Nortel operates. These statements are subject
to important assumptions, risks and uncertainties, which are
difficult to predict and the actual outcome may be materially
different. Further, actual results or events could differ materially
from those contemplated in forward-looking statements as a result of
the following (i) risks and uncertainties relating to Nortel's
restatements and related matters including: Nortel's most recent
restatement and two previous restatements of its financial
statements and related events; the negative impact on Nortel and NNL
of their most recent restatement and delay in filing their financial
statements and related periodic reports; legal judgments, fines,
penalties or settlements, or any substantial regulatory fines or
other penalties or sanctions, related to the ongoing regulatory and
criminal investigations of Nortel in the U.S. and Canada; any
significant pending civil litigation actions not encompassed by
Nortel's proposed class action settlement; any substantial cash
payment and /or significant dilution of Nortel's existing equity
positions resulting from the finalization and approval of its
proposed class action settlement, or if such proposed class action
settlement is not finalized, any larger settlements or awards of
damages in respect of such class actions; any unsuccessful
remediation of Nortel's material weaknesses in internal control over
financial reporting resulting in an inability to report Nortel's
results of operations and financial condition accurately and in a
timely manner; the time required to implement Nortel's remedial
measures; Nortel's inability to access, in its current form, its
shelf registration filed with the United States Securities and
Exchange Commission (SEC), and Nortel's below investment grade
credit rating and any further adverse effect on its credit rating
due to Nortel's restatements of its financial statements; any
adverse affect on Nortel's business and market price of its publicly
traded securities arising from continuing negative publicity related
to Nortel's restatements; Nortel's potential inability to attract or
retain the personnel necessary to achieve its business objectives;
any breach by Nortel of the continued listing requirements of the
NYSE or TSX causing the NYSE and/or the TSX to commence suspension
or delisting procedures; (ii) risks and uncertainties relating to
Nortel's business including: yearly and quarterly fluctuations of
Nortel's operating results; reduced demand and pricing pressures for
its products due to global economic conditions, significant
competition, competitive pricing practice, cautious capital spending
by customers, increased industry consolidation, rapidly changing
technologies, evolving industry standards, frequent new product
introductions and short product life cycles, and other trends and
industry characteristics affecting the telecommunications industry;
the sufficiency of recently announced restructuring actions,
including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in
connection with these restructuring actions compared to the
estimated costs of such actions and the ability to achieve the
targeted cost savings and reductions of Nortel's unfunded pension
liability deficit; any material and adverse affects on Nortel's
performance if its expectations regarding market demand for
particular products prove to be wrong or because of certain barriers
in its efforts to expand internationally; any reduction in Nortel's
operating results and any related volatility in the market price of
its publicly traded securities arising from any decline in its gross
margin, or fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; any
negative developments associated with Nortel's supply contract and
contract manufacturing agreements including as a result of using a
sole supplier for key optical networking solutions components, and
any defects or errors in Nortel's current or planned products; any
negative impact to Nortel of its failure to achieve its business
transformation objectives; additional valuation allowances for all
or a portion of its deferred tax assets; Nortel's failure to protect
its intellectual property rights, or any adverse judgments or
settlements arising out of disputes regarding intellectual property;
changes in regulation of the Internet and/or other aspects of the
industry; Nortel's failure to successfully operate or integrate its
strategic acquisitions, or failure to consummate or succeed with its
strategic alliances; any negative effect of Nortel's failure to
evolve adequately its financial and managerial control and reporting
systems and processes, manage and grow its business, or create an
effective risk management strategy; and (iii) risks and
uncertainties relating to Nortel's liquidity, financing arrangements
and capital including: the impact of Nortel's most recent
restatement and two previous restatements of its financial
statements; any inability of Nortel to manage cash flow fluctuations
to fund working capital requirements or achieve its business
objectives in a timely manner or obtain additional sources of
funding; high levels of debt, limitations on Nortel capitalizing on
business opportunities because of credit facility covenants, or on
obtaining additional secured debt pursuant to the provisions of
indentures governing certain of Nortel's public debt issues and the
provisions of its credit facilities; any increase of restricted cash
requirements for Nortel if it is unable to secure alternative
support for obligations arising from certain normal course business
activities, or any inability of Nortel's subsidiaries to provide it
with sufficient funding; any negative effect to Nortel of the need
to make larger defined benefit plans contributions in the future or
exposure to customer credit risks or inability of customers to
fulfill payment obligations under customer financing arrangements;
any negative impact on Nortel's ability to make future acquisitions,
raise capital, issue debt and retain employees arising from stock
price volatility and further declines in the market price of
Nortel's publicly traded securities, or any future share
consolidation resulting in a lower total market capitalization or
adverse effect on the liquidity of Nortel's common shares. For
additional information with respect to certain of these and other
factors, see Nortel's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A, Quarterly Report
on Form 10-Q and other securities filings with the SEC. Unless
otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel disclaims
any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or

(x) Nortel, the Nortel logo and the Globemark are trademarks of
Nortel Networks. Use of the terms "partner" and "partnership" does
not imply a legal partnership between Nortel and any other party.

ots Originaltext: Nortel Networks
Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.de

For further information: Giorgia Casnedi, +44-1628-43-3117,
casnedi@nortel.com; Zoe Chan, +1-852-2100-4375, zoechan@nortel.com/


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