Nortel Revs VOIP Network for Rolls-Royce

By Stan Gibson  |  Posted 2006-07-11 Print this article Print

Rolls-Royce, a maker of industrial power systems, has signed a seven-year, $20 million deal with Nortel to build a new worldwide enterprise VOIP network, encompassing telephony, unified voice, fax and e-mail messaging, and a platform for advanced mobi

Rolls-Royce has signed a seven-year, $20 million deal with Nortel Networks to build a new worldwide enterprise voice-over-IP network. The network is to encompass telephony, unified voice, fax and e-mail messaging, and a platform for advanced mobile collaboration. "Nortels … ability to build large, reliable networks designed for delivery of new services convinced us to select it as our preferred communications provider," Jim Reed, IT purchasing director for Rolls-Royce, in London, said in a statement.
This division of Rolls-Royce, which has $12 billion in annual sales and makes industrial power systems, is separate from the Rolls-Royce automobile brand.
Cisco acquires two VOIP application development suppliers. Click here to read more. Nortel will begin by taking over Rolls-Royces TDM network, which is built primarily of Mitel Networks equipment, along with some gear from Nortel and Siemens. The new network will serve 26,500 users in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Norway, Germany and France. "We will be managing their TDM network immediately and will convert it to VOIP. Were taking a legacy network of multiple vendors and will transition it to a converged network," said Curt Hopkins, vice president for services, sales and marketing at Nortel, also in London. Hopkins said competing bidders for the contract included Siemens, Avaya and Cisco Systems. Equipment in the new network will include the Nortel Communication Server 1000, Nortel CallPilot for unified voice, fax and e-mail communications, and Nortel mobility services. Network management will include remote fault monitoring with proactive network surveillance, and customer-defined SLAs (service-level agreements) for response and resolution, according to Hopkins. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.
Stan Gibson is Executive Editor of eWEEK. In addition to taking part in Ziff Davis eSeminars and taking charge of special editorial projects, his columns and editorials appear regularly in both the print and online editions of eWEEK. He is chairman of eWEEK's Editorial Board, which received the 1999 Jesse H. Neal Award of the American Business Press. In ten years at eWEEK, Gibson has served eWEEK (formerly PC Week) as Executive Editor/eBiz Strategies, Deputy News Editor, Networking Editor, Assignment Editor and Department Editor. His Webcast program, 'Take Down,' appeared on He has appeared on many radio and television programs including TechTV, CNBC, PBS, WBZ-Boston, WEVD New York and New England Cable News. Gibson has appeared as keynoter at many conferences, including CAMP Expo, Society for Information Management, and the Technology Managers Forum. A 19-year veteran covering information technology, he was previously News Editor at Communications Week and was Software Editor and Systems Editor at Computerworld.

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