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Embarq Reaches Packet Network Milestone

MCALISTERVILLE, Pa., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Embarq (NYSE: EQ) announced today the migration of the company's one millionth customer from a circuit network to a packet network. This technological evolution facilitates Embarq's development and delivery of innovative common sense products and services.

"It is an honor that this milestone occurred in our community," said Teresa O'Neal, Chair of the Juniata County Commissioners, site of the most recent network upgrade. "Our residents look forward to enjoying the next generation of common sense products and services that this will facilitate."

"The platform allows us to provide converged voice and data services," said Jim Hansen, senior vice president of Network Services for Embarq. "Products like an integrated voicemail platform serving both wireline and wireless devices, or Smart Connect where customers' phones switch seamlessly between a wireline and wireless network aren't as practical on a circuit-based network, and much more difficult to make available. The packet network makes it easier for us to make innovative products available to our customers much more quickly than in the past."

Also, packet technology handles voice and data messages more efficiently than the existing circuit network, allowing Embarq to reduce future expenditures on network upgrades.

The company began its packet conversion with Nortel (NYSE: NT; TSX) in May of 2003 serving customers in Gardner, Kan. Since that time, Embarq has steadily progressed moving customers to the new network technology, outpacing others in the industry.

"Nortel's Carrier VoIP and multimedia solutions allow Embarq to more easily offer its customers next-generation communication services," said Alf Decardenas, general manager, Converged Multimedia Networks, Nortel. "We're thrilled to work with Embarq as they migrate towards an even more superior network that delivers integrated voice, video and data services. This is further proof they are truly dedicated to offering their customers common sense products and services."

To support Embarq's network migration, Nortel has deployed its Carrier VoIP and Metro Ethernet solutions, including the Communication Server (CS) 2000 and Metro Ethernet Router Switch (MERS) 8600 as well as provided turn-key migration services from the Nortel Global Services Portfolio.

About Embarq

Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ) provides a complete suite of communications services to customers in its local service territories. Embarq, which is expected to rank among the Fortune 500, brings common-sense ideas, reliable service and a renewed commitment to the communities it serves. Embarq focuses on offering its customers practical, innovative products and competitive pricing. The company has approximately 20,000 employees and operates in 18 states offering local and long distance voice, data, high speed internet, wireless, and entertainment services. For more information, visit .

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. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the world's greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at . For the latest Nortel news, visit .

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