Another Step in Building World-Class Corporate Governance Practice

Geschrieben am 05-12-2006

Toronto (ots/PRNewswire) - Nortel(x) (NYSE/TSX: NT) announced
today that its Board of Directors has selected KPMG LLP as the
Company's independent auditor commencing with fiscal year 2007. This
selection concludes a thorough evaluation which the Company
conducted as part of its corporate renewal process.

"Nortel is committed to building a great company founded on world-
class corporate governance. As such, we conducted a rigorous
selection process in search of an independent auditor with the
optimal skills mix to match our current business requirements," said
Peter Currie, executive vice president and chief financial officer,
Nortel. "We found that KPMG has the expertise to help us cement a
leading-edge corporate governance practice."

The appointment of KPMG as independent auditor is subject to the
approval of the Company's shareholders at its next annual shareholder

Deloitte & Touche LLP is the Company's current independent
auditor. The intended change in independent auditor does not result
from any disagreement or dissatisfaction between Nortel and

"Nortel has been pleased with the service of Deloitte & Touche
and, in particular, with the close collaboration provided in recent
years. Deloitte helped Nortel overcome significant challenges to
ensure that our financial reporting is accurate and up-to-date. We
thank them for their service and look forward to continued work with
them in other capacities going forward," said Currie.

KPMG was also selected as Nortel Networks Limited's independent
auditor commencing with fiscal 2007.

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.

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 approval of its proposed class action
settlement; 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, including completion of the
sale of its UMTS access business to Alcatel; 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 support 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 support facility; 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 the 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 Reports 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 otherwise.

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