Jazztel selects Lucent Technologies to reinforce its metro optical network deployments

March 28, 2001
Mar. 28, 2001--Jazztel plc has selected Lucent Technologies as a supplier of optical access technology for a high-bandwidth, fibre-optic network serving small- and medium-sized businesses in Spain and Portugal.

Jazztel plc (NASDAQ, EASDAQ: JAZZ; Nuevo Mercado, Spain: JAZ) has selected Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) as a supplier of optical access technology for a high-bandwidth, fibre-optic network serving small- and medium-sized businesses in Spain and Portugal. This agreement will allow Jazztel to initially reinforce the deployment of metropolitan optical networks in Spain's major cities.

The contract, valued at $25 million (US$22.7 million) over the next four years, envisages a $12 million investment in 2001. Lucent has recently finished deploying the main components of the optical networking system that will serve Madrid and Barcelona.

Metropolitan optical networks are an advanced technological answer for the increasing demand for bandwidth from enterprises and service providers. The Lucent solution will enable Jazztel to deliver next-generation offers, such as application service provider (ASP) services, data centres, storage service provider (SSP) facilities and fibre-to-business. Jazztel's first customer has already been connected with a fibre-to-customer service.

Lucent offers optical solutions to more parts of the network than any other vendor. Lucent is able to deliver solutions in each of the following five categories: DWDM; SONET/SDH; high-capacity, all-optical switching; fibre-to-the-server and free-space optics.

The WaveStar ADM 16/1, one of the elements of Lucent´s next-generation SDH multiplexer and transport systems, supports cross-connect to STM-16 level and can operate in full synchronous and asynchronous environments providing a flexible link between the two. The Lucent WaveStar ADM 16/1 is capable of transmitting up to 2.5Gb on one single fibre. This provides enough capacity to allow the simultaneous transmission of 2,500 books a second or 32,000 telephone calls.

The WaveStar AM1 is a new-generation system that enables the provision of telephony and multimedia services in metropolitan optical networks, as well as IP access over optical fibre.

ITM-IN is a network layer management system that provides comprehensive and integrated management of an entire transport network from a single operator location. It supports the TMN Fault, configuration, performance, security, and accounting functions at the network management layer.

About Jazztel:

Jazztel plc is a communications and data transmission service provider, offering broadband solutions for voice, data and Internet traffic for small and medium business. For more information, visit www.jazztel.com.

About Lucent Technologies:

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs and delivers systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit www.lucent.com. For more information about Lucent's Optical Networking Group, visit www.lucent-optical.com.