RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ - Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT/TSE: NTL) today announced its plans to expand the 1-Meg Modem (one megabit per second) customer premise equipment (CPE) portfolio to include solutions for multi-user businesses, home offices, telecommuters and consumers who require high-speed access to the Internet or corporate/campus LANs. The expanded portfolio including products from Cayman Systems and Diamond Multimedia will allow service providers to meet the CPE requirements of each market segment and open distribution channels most convenient to each segment. In an agreement unveiled today with Cayman Systems, Nortel Networks will resell Cayman's 2E 500 series of Ethernet-Ethernet routers. These routers in combination with the Nortel Networks-manufactured external 1-Meg Modem can be used to extend a single 1-Meg Modem connection to multiple PCs. This solution is targeted for multiple users in a small LAN environment such as a small office, home office or university dorm. The Zero-Configuration Cayman 2E 500 and 2E 500H dual-Ethernet Internet access routers give service providers a simple and cost-effective way to provide shared LAN access to a single 1-Meg Modem. The Ethernet interfaces of the 2E 500 offer a plug and play solution to high-speed network access for existing LANs, and the integrated Ethernet hub of the 2E 500H eases connection of multiple computers in non-networked workgroups. Standards-based networking supports PC, Macintosh, UNIX, and other operating systems. Cayman routers will be available through Nortel Networks in November 1998. ``Small offices and home offices will appreciate the ease with which they can setup and use the 1-Meg Modem with the Zero-Configuration routing technology of Cayman's 2E 500,'' said Heidi Clark, president and Chief Executive Officer of Cayman Systems. ``We also believe that ease of product deployment and availability to consumers will drive DSL acceptance by the consumer market.'' As previously announced, Diamond Multimedia's SupraSonic 1-Meg Modem addresses single user or power user applications with a PCI network interface card. This internal solution combines the functionality of a modem and an Ethernet card for extremely fast Internet access. The SupraSonic 1-Meg Modem brings the benefits of 1-Meg Modem into the PC with an industry-standard PCI interface and software support for Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT operating systems. The internal modem and its direct connection to the telephone line eliminate the space required for an external modem and its power supply and cables, while delivering the same high-speed performance as the external 1-Meg Modem. The SupraSonic 1-Meg Modem will be available in November 1998. ``Early roll-outs of DSL modems will require coordination between retailers, service providers and equipment manufacturers. Diamond will be working with Nortel Networks to speed service deployment by making CPE more accessible to consumers,'' said Jim Cady, vice president and general manager of Diamond Multimedia's Communications Division. ``Diamond views the 1-Meg Modem as an opportunity to introduce digital modem technology into the retail channel by taking advantage of Nortel's relationships with 1-Meg Modem service providers.'' Nortel Networks' 1-Meg Modem is a splitterless, mass-market, high-speed data solution that offers consumers an Internet connection that's over 17 times faster than the fastest analog modem. Several providers, including Transwire Communications of New York, MegsINet of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Purdue University, and Bell Canada are deploying the 1-Meg Modem throughout their service territory. To date, Nortel Networks has more than US$1 billion in orders for the product, representing the potential for more than one million end-user lines. Nortel Networks will exhibit Cayman's 2E 500 router, Diamond's SupraSonic 1-Meg Modem PCI card and the external 1-Meg Modem at Networld+Interop in Atlanta, October 21-23, in booth number 1113. Diamond Multimedia holds a leadership role in the modem industry with its Supra modem product line. The SupraExpress 56 line of modems continues to be one of the most popular analog modems available today. Diamond's new dual-line modem, the SupraSonic II with Shotgun technology, offers Internet users download speeds of up to 112Kbps over two ordinary analog phone lines, demonstrates the company's ability to quickly bring advanced technology modem products to the consumer marketplace. Diamond's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol DIMD, and its web site address is www.diamondmm.com. Cayman Systems is the CPE supplier of choice for service providers that sell to the small and home office markets. Cayman's plug and play routers enable cable companies, CLECs, ISPs, ILECs and RBOCs to easily deliver Ethernet-to-Internet DSL and broadband solutions for their small office customers. Founded in 1987, Cayman Systems is a privately held company based in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Cayman's web site is www.cayman.com.
SOURCE Northern Telecom Limited