Nortel Networks has unveiled new communications solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and support for enterprise branch offices.

By simplifying network infrastructures, Nortel says it will position SMBs to benefit from a reliable and secure user experience, minimize total cost of network ownership, and eliminate many communications barriers that exist among customers, partners, suppliers and employees.

These new solutions draw from Nortel’s work in IP (Internet Protocol) telephony and data networking, the company says, bringing functionality to meet the capacity requirements for smaller companies.

Nortel’s SMB portfolio includes software release 3.5 for its Business Communications Manager, a converged voice and data platform for enterprises; a new Norstar IP telephony gateway; enhancements to CallPilot unified messaging platform; and Contivity Secure IP Services Gateway, a new security product.

Combined, Nortel says these solutions enable SMBs to use existing telephony equipment to migrate to IP telephony as needs change.

“This comprehensive suite of customized, market-leading products is designed to enable (SMBs) to leverage their existing telephony investments to migrate to an all-IP network, while sidestepping time-consuming and costly integration issues,” said Greg Merritt, vice president of marketing for Enterprise Networks at Nortel. “As part of our ‘One network. A world of choice.’ enterprise technology vision, this portfolio also demonstrates that we are fully committed to delivering a breadth of convergence choices to all of our enterprise customers.”