Minerva Networks and Nortel Announce Joint Development to Enable Real-time IPTV Communications Services

Open API Allows Integration of SIP Applications with Minerva's Middleware Platform, Interconnection with Nortel IMS Infrastructure

March 21, 2006
Las Vegas , NV

Minerva Networks and Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] today announced the joint development and release of an Application Interface (API) that enables the integration of real-time IPTV services with Minerva's iTVManager software. Nortel is using this jointly developed interface as a first step to bring together Minerva's IPTV middleware platform with Nortel's IMS solution to make content available to users anywhere, anytime, on any device.

Using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), the new API gives developers and service providers the tools needed to enable real-time applications such as voice mail access and callback functionality over the television set. This innovative development environment also provides service providers with investment protection through support for legacy non-SIP systems including Caller ID and instant messaging as well as well providing a foundation for future IMS services.

"Minerva has over 65 customers around the world who are anxious to introduce advanced communications services with their IPTV offerings. The joint development of our new open API makes this a possibility," explained Matt Cuson, VP of Marketing for Minerva Networks. "We are excited to be working with Nortel and other system integration partners to make our open platform easily accessible for telcos looking to offer innovative services."

"Nortel's collaboration with Minerva is a critical part of our efforts to deliver IPTV services over a standardsbased IMS infrastructure," said Walt Megura, general manager, Broadband Networks, Nortel. "Nortel is committed to providing advanced IMS services that integrate with home entertainment networks and make the television set a more personalized communications tool."

The robust API enables key communications features such as click-to-call, network address book, buddy lists, mobile-to-TV text and picture messaging and the ability to configure communications services directly through the set-top box (STB). The Minerva iTVManager platform has been enhanced to leverage a broad range of capabilities in Nortel's standards compliant SIP solutions.

Roger Musick, CEO of Innovative Systems said, "We were one of the early companies to integrate Caller ID services with the iTVManager platform and we are pleased to see Minerva and Nortel promoting standard IPTV APIs. Telcos need to deploy advanced communications capabilities to differentiate their offerings. This new API and SIP will help make it possible."

The iTVManager platform is targeted to support Nortel's SIP and IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) infrastructure. SIP, used for establishing sessions in an IP network, makes a host of on-screen services possible, including e-commerce, click-to-dial, Instant Messaging and voice mail. IMS replaces the control infrastructure of a traditional circuit-switched phone system and decouples voice and other services from the underlying delivery networks making new service deployments faster and easier.

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 nextgeneration 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.

About Minerva Networks, Inc.

Minerva Networks, Inc. is the leading provider of open-platform, carrier-class platforms for the delivery of television services over broadband IP networks. The company's television services management software and video processing systems are integrated into complete IP Television delivery platforms. Broadband network operators worldwide use Minerva's products and services to deliver next-generation entertainment and communication applications. Minerva Networks is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and on the Internet at www.minervanetworks.com.


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