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Nortel Networks Metro Optical Enhancements to Extend Reach of Metro DWDM Networks

  • 09 September, 2003 10:42

<p>ORLANDO – Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] plans to enhance its metro optical portfolio to extend the reach of metro dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical networks and bring the ability to deliver profitable services at significantly lower cost to service providers and enterprises.</p>
<p>The announcement was made at NFOEC (National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference) 2003 in Orlando.</p>
<p>Greater metro optical network reach means service providers will be able to locate redundant data centers more remotely from the ‘home office’ for security purposes. Greater reach will also position service providers to drive network cost reductions of as much as 50 percent, based on Nortel Networks estimates.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks intends to deliver these enhancements in two phases. In the first phase, scheduled for availability in the fourth quarter of 2003, Nortel Networks OPTera* Metro 5200 Multiservice Platform will extend the reach of metro DWDM networks to as much as 350 kilometers over 2.5 Gbps (gigabits per second) channels and 110 kilometers over 10 Gbps without dispersion compensation. The second phase enhancement, scheduled for availability in the first quarter of 2004, will extend this reach to as much as 600 kilometers over 10 Gbps channels.</p>
<p>“Implementations of regional applications in metro DWDM networks, which are typically in the 200 to 600 kilometer range, are increasing as enterprises seek to move back-up centers farther from their main offices, due to security and business continuity concerns and changing regulations in finance, insurance, and healthcare,” said Sterling Perrin, senior research analyst, IDC. “In addition, regional applications such as cable video on demand are emerging.”</p>
<p>“Extending the reach of metro DWDM is a timely improvement to Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 product,” Perrin said.</p>
<p>“Nortel Networks has been consistently bringing to the table the technology capable of meeting our networking requirements,” said Kirk Mahon, manager, Transport Standards &amp; Support, TELUS. “We have utiltized Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 in regional reach applications in the past, and are excited about the cost benefits associated with the distance extension capabilities found in the new version of the product.”</p>
<p>“Nortel Networks has always been at the forefront of delivering leading optical solutions to our customers, bringing innovative means of transmitting mission-critical data,” said Brian McFadden, president, Optical Networks, Nortel Networks. “As a leader in optical solutions for the metro and long-haul, Nortel Networks is now leading the advance into regional applications, continuing to enhance our portfolio to deliver solutions that ensure the levels of security and network performance that are now critical to our customers’ success.”</p>
<p>Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice Platform provides DWDM and CWDM (coarse wavelength division multiplexing) optical solutions, with over 10,000 network elements deployed and over 27,000 wavelengths lit. Deployed in more than 1,000 customer networks in 65 countries, Nortel Networks end-to-end optical network portfolio includes next generation SONET/SDH, optical switching products, photonics (WDM), and Optical Ethernet products. Nortel Networks has been the leader in total optical transport and metro DWDM for the past four years, according to the Dell’Oro Group.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.</p>
<p>Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the severity and duration of the industry adjustment; the sufficiency of our restructuring activities, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; fluctuations in operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; the ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in cash flow, the level of outstanding debt and debt ratings; the ability to meet financial covenants contained in our credit agreements; the ability to make acquisitions and/or integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization in the telecommunications industry; the dependence on new product development; the uncertainties of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of our customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility; the entrance into an increased number of supply and outsourcing contracts which contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; the ability to obtain timely, adequate and reasonably priced component parts from suppliers and internal manufacturing capacity; the impact of our asset and liability review; the future success of our strategic alliances; and the adverse resolution of litigation. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the reports filed by Nortel Networks with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel Networks disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark and OPTera are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com.</p>
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<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo and the Globemark are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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