China Unicom selects Nortel Networks to deploy metro optical networks in Guangdong

June 27, 2002--China Unicom has selected Nortel Networks to deploy an optical solution based on Nortel Networks OPTera Metro Multiservice Platform in seven key cities in Guangdong Province--Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Shunde, Huizhou, and Zhongshan.

Jun 27th, 2002

China Unicom has selected Nortel Networks to deploy an optical solution based on Nortel Networks OPTera Metro Multiservice Platform in seven key cities in Guangdong Province--Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Shunde, Huizhou, and Zhongshan.

The $15-million contract further enhances Nortel Networks leadership position in building high-performance metro optical networks in China, claim company representatives. These networks will carry voice, data, video, and Internet services to support China Unicom's GSM and CDMA wireless services and long-distance services.

"We're working to help China Unicom reduce the metro bandwidth 'bottleneck' in Guangdong Province," explains Robert Mao, president and chief executive officer, Nortel Networks China. "Our industry leading OPTera Metro solutions will help position China Unicom to create rich revenue-generating services, and to better satisfy current and future customer demands."

Under the contract, Nortel Networks solution for China Unicom will include deployment of Nortel Networks OPTera Connect DX optical switch and OPTera Metro 4000 in some of Guangdong's major cities, and OPTera Metro 2000 in some of the smaller metro environments.
Nortel Networks OPTera Metro portfolio harnesses the power of DWDM, SONET/SDH, and Optical Ethernet to extend the value of optical networks. OPTera Metro enables core and access network infrastructures for current and future services, helping service providers to deliver 'on-demand' capacity, service differentiation, timely provisioning, and streamlined network operations.

Nortel Networks and China Unicom have a strong history of working together. In 2000, China Unicom chose Nortel Networks to deploy a 1,000-kilometer, 10 Gbit/sec backbone network to serve the densely populated Pearl River Delta. In 2001, China Unicom selected Nortel Networks high-performance Optical Ethernet solution to enable the delivery of high bandwidth services in Dongguan, Foshan, Shunde, Jiangmen, Zhuhai, Shantou, Zhongshan and Huizhou. Also in 2001, Nortel Networks announced GSM and CDMA contracts with China Unicom estimated at approximately $608 million.

For more information about Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Ontario), visit the company's Web site at www.nortelnetworks.com.

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