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Verizon Selects Nortel for VoIP

Verizon Communications will use Nortel Networks gear for its voice-over-Internet-protocol rollouts, the companies announced.

Verizon said it will begin deploying packet-based technology in its local and long-distance voice-wireless networks later this year for consumers and businesses.

The deal calls for Verizon to begin replacing traditional local switches with Nortel soft switches and VoIP gateways, the companies said. Verizon also will use the switches to expand its long-distance network.

Nortel will ship its "Succession Communication Server 2000 Superclass" soft switch, "Passport Packet Voice Gateway," "Succession Multiservice Gateway 4000," "Succession Media Gateway 9000" and "Multimedia Communication Server 5200."