Tellabs and TeliaSonera Finland to develop next-gen solutions

17 June 2003 Espoo/Helsinki, Finland Lightwave Europe--Tellabs and TeliaSonera Finland are working together to develop a new next-generation platform.

17 June 2003 Espoo/Helsinki, Finland--Tellabs and TeliaSonera Finland are working together to develop a new next-generation platform.

The partners say that their cooperation should ensures that the platform's architecture is optimised to meet the needs of advanced service providers such as TeliaSonera Finland, including support for next-generation services such as Virtual Private Networks, rapid provisioning of new services, improved operational efficiency and a long lifecycle.

"We are committed to providing our customers with high-quality, cost-efficient services, and Tellabs shares this vision," says Marko Alatalo, director at TeliaSonera Finland. "By working closely with a partner who has many years' expertise in providing carrier-class products, we can make the most of the possibilities that new technologies can offer to both our corporate and consumer customers."

"This partnership illustrates how Tellabs works closely with its customers," says Mika Heikkinen, vice president and managing director of Tellabs Oy.

"Our goal is to develop flexible, scaleable and operationally efficient solutions that enable our customers to deliver current and next-generation services effectively and cost-efficiently. Working closely with an advanced service provider like TeliaSonera Finland enables us to better understand their business requirements and together develop new solutions optimised to meet their needs."

In the 1990s both Telia and Sonera, which merged in December 2002 to form TeliaSonera, contributed to the development of the Tellabs 8100(r) managed access solution. In TeliaSonera Finland, the Tellabs 8100 system has been successfully used the in company's FastNet and DataNet services. The Tellabs 8100 system is manufactured at Tellabs' Espoo facility and is currently in use in more than 250 networks worldwide.

TeliaSonera Finland
TeliaSonera Finland (Sonera Corporation), the Finnish profit centre of TeliaSonera, offers products and services under the Sonera brand. TeliaSonera, formed through a merger of Telia and Sonera in December 2002, is the leading telecommunications group in the Nordic and Baltic regions. TeliaSonera's overall focus is on best serving its customers in its core business and creating value for shareholders through stronger profits and cash flows.

TeliaSonera is listed on the Stockholm Exchange, the Helsinki Exchanges and Nasdaq Stock Market in the USA. Pro forma Net sales January-March 2003 amounted to EUR 2.2 billion (20 billion SEK). The number of employees was 28,000.

Tellabs International
Tellabs International is a subsidiary of Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB), which provides end-to-end service delivery and transport solutions to help carriers move communications traffic most efficiently and effectively. The world communicates through Tellabs - most telephone calls and Internet sessions in the United States and many other countries flow through the company's equipment.

Tellabs employee-owners develop and deploy solutions that provide aggregation, grooming and business services in 250 metro/regional networks in more than 100 countries.

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