Nortel (NYSE:NT) has unveiled a new suite of solutions intended to help service providers worldwide sell pre-tested VoIP services to small and midsize businesses. Nortel's IP Powered Business Solutions combine next-generation VoIP technology with planning, installation, management and technical support.

Two new network solutions include an end-to-end VoIP Lines Solution for businesses without specialized IT staff, and IP PBX Interconnect Solution for customers who prefer an onsite PBX. The first enables the carrier to deliver the IP Lines service from Nortel's Communication Server 2000, Application Server 5200, or as a hosted solution. The second allows carriers to host the connection between the telephone switching system and the public network from the Nortel CS2000.

Both options, available in the first quarter of 2008, provide starter VoIP bundles that simplify and reduce the cost of implementing new IP services. Nortel also plans to offer optional advanced SIP applications like multimedia services, fixed mobile convergence, and unified messaging.