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Telia Finland Protects Internet Customers with Network-Based Firewalls from Nortel Networks

    Residential, Small Business Customers Benefit
    from Affordable Protection from Internet Hacker Attacks

    BOSTON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Telia Finland is deploying the network-based
firewall functionality of the Shasta 5000 BSN (Broadband Service Node) from
Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) to offer secure DSL and dial-up Internet access
to its small and medium business customers.
    ``We are bringing the high-performance Internet, at affordable prices, to
our customers with services such as network-based firewalls,'' said Juha
Heinanen, director of technology, Telia Finland. ``Network-based firewall
services are the first phase in our services strategy to provide customers
with secure access to the broadband Internet. Nortel Networks understands our
need for aggressive DSL deployment and scalable subscriber management
features, and provided us with a seamless migration to services with the
Shasta 5000.''
    As a full service telecommunications provider, Telia Finland
( has implemented the Shasta 5000 BSN's network-based firewalls
to offer enhanced, secure value-added services typically unavailable to the
mass market of small to medium sized businesses. Telia Finland customers have
taken advantage of the cost-effective, network-based firewall capabilities of
the Shasta 5000 BSN as basic protection against the well-publicized risks of
``hacker'' attacks to ``always-on'' DSL-based Internet access. Additional
enhanced services, including VPNs, will be offered to Telia Finland customers
throughout the year.
    According to Tim Johnson, lead analyst on Ovum's Access@Ovum advisory
service, ``Telia Finland clearly sees the need to add value to their network
offerings with services like secure DSL. Network-based firewalls will be one
of many services that customers will want as DSL spreads out to mass markets.
It looks as though Telia Finland is positioning to win a good share of the
access and IP services market, which could be worth $40 billion in Europe by
    ``Juha Heinanen and Telia Finland are visionaries when it comes to
broadband services,'' said Anthony Alles, president and general manager,
Shasta IP Services, Nortel Networks. ``Telia Finland addresses the needs of
their customers by offering secure services using network-based firewalls and
soon VPNs. With Telia Finland's help, the small to medium sized business
market in Finland now has access to traditional CPE-based services without the
need for additional hardware, technical expertise and resources to deploy and
maintain these `high-touch' services.''
    The network-based firewall function of the Shasta 5000 BSN offers mass
market, anti-hacking protection for DSL-based Internet subscribers. The Shasta
5000 is currently in deployment with service providers around the world who
are preparing for the transition from early technology trials to mass market
deployment of DSL and other broadband access technologies.
    The Shasta 5000 BSN is designed to power the subscriber edge of the
network, where last mile technologies like DSL, cable, dial and other
broadband technologies meet the Internet backbone and where broadband
subscribers will meet broadband services. The Shasta 5000 enables carriers,
competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and Internet Service Providers
(ISPs) to increase their competitive advantage in transitioning from the
simple connectivity model enabled by first generation subscriber management
systems, to a profitable, network-based, value-added services model. The
Shasta 5000 enables the aggregation of tens of thousands of subscribers in a
single chassis. Its unique multi-processor architecture with a capacity of
more than 100 CPUs provides the Shasta 5000 with the unparalleled processing
power to apply sophisticated services to each individual subscriber. Services
supported include network-based firewalls, traffic engineering, and IP-VPN for
secure corporate access and for Intranet/Extranet outsourcing -- all
provisioned by the service provider.
    Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and
wireline solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1998 revenues of US$17.6
billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers
globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that
is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics
and quality of networking and the Internet through Unified Networks that
promise a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce. Visit us at


For further information: Media Relations: Todd T. Cabral,
Nortel Networks, (978) 288-4268,; Paul Goyette,
Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702,; Investor
Relations: Angela McMonagle, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-6044,;
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