Memphis Networx selects optical metro solutions from Nortel

January 22, 2002--Metro carriers' carrier Memphis Networx plans to offer high-speed data services typically found in large metropolitan areas to businesses in Memphis and Shelby County using an enhanced network based on optical metro solutions from Nortel Networks.

Metro carriers' carrier Memphis Networx plans to offer high-speed data services typically found in large metropolitan areas to businesses in Memphis and Shelby County using an enhanced network based on optical metro solutions from Nortel Networks.

Under an agreement announced today, Nortel Networks will supply Memphis Networx with solutions from its OPTera* Metro portfolio. By standardizing on OPTera Metro throughout its network, Memphis Networx expects to benefit from efficiencies in training, maintenance, upgrades, and service to save time and reduce overall network costs, says the carrier.

"Our aim is to offer customers located in and around Memphis leading edge technology equivalent to the best high-speed services offered in larger markets," explains Mike Whitaker, chief operating officer, Memphis Networx. "This will help to level the playing field for Memphis businesses seeking to compete worldwide, as well as help Memphis compete for companies with high-speed, tier-one broadband needs who are looking for a place to do business."

Memphis Networx, a public-private initiative, is installing its entire network on existing utility infrastructure and right-of-way in Memphis and Shelby County to minimize cost and environmental impact. The first phase of the network is scheduled to be completed by June 2002.

Nortel Networks' solutions for Memphis Networx will include OPTera Metro 3400 and 3500 Multiservice Platforms, and OPTera Metro 5200, a DWDM platform for metropolitan access and interoffice applications. Memphis Networx already has Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 installed in parts of its network.

For more information about Memphis Networx LLC (Memphis, TN), visit the Company's Web site at www.memphisnetworx.com.

More information about Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Canada) can be found on the company's Web site at www.nortelnetworks.com.


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