ARRIS chosen as Reliance Telecom's fiber management system provider

Aug. 22, 2001--Reliance Telecom has chosen ARRIS as its fiber management system provider. The first order is valued at $1.8 million.

ARRIS (Nasdaq: ARRS), a new company formed by the merger of ANTEC and Arris Interactive, LLC., a global communications technology developer of advanced cable telephony solutions and the delivery of converged services across the broadband local access network, announced that Reliance Telecom (RTL) has chosen ARRIS as its fiber management system provider. The first order valued at $1.8 million has been delivered to Reliance.

Calcutta-based Reliance Telecom, a cellular service provider, is building a telecom network for more than 115 cities throughout India over the next three to five years. ARRIS will provide RTL with its LightLink System II fiber management system to deliver the high level of fiber security and system flexibility that such a network demands.

LightLink System II incorporates patented features including individual fiber retention clips, interchangeable and movable routing guides, vertical slack storage modules (VSSM) and horizontal modular cross connect shelves. It is an important central office/headend element within the complete solution for Telephony over IP provided by ARRIS.

The first three cities are currently under construction and include major hubs that feed back to Mumbai (Bombay). ARRIS has already delivered 500 LightLink II systems to supply these cities, and seven additional major cities that RTL plans to build fiber rings for this year.

Reliance Telecom holds licenses to operate cellular services in Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, the Northeast regions, Orissa and West Bengal (except Calcutta). Reliance Telecom has licenses for seven circles in 13 states.

LightLink System II is a cost-effective, multi-purpose equipment frame system that supports a wide range of optical component termination, splicing and storage at headend, central office and customer locations. The entire system is fully compatible with LGX industry standards, which protects customers' investments through backward compatibility and industry interoperability. Customers can integrate fiber management with other components and modules, eliminating the expense of installing separate specialized platforms for each. The basis of the system is a free-standing zone 4-rated rack which houses all of the active and passive optical equipment and provides splicing, interconnect and management of all fibers, significantly contributing to overall reliability and reducing maintenance requirements.

About ARRIS:

ARRIS provides broadband local access networks and high-speed data and telephony systems for the delivery of voice, video and data to the home and business. For more information, visit www.arrisi.com.

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