Nortel Networks lights UK optical backbone for Kingston Communications

Aug. 1, 2001--Nortel Networks has designed and built a terabit-capable optical backbone network for UK operator Kingston Communications, providing a high-capacity foundation capable of carrying Gigabit Ethernet and other local broadband services.

Aug 1st, 2001

Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT) (TSE:NT.) has designed and built a terabit-capable optical backbone network for UK operator Kingston Communications, providing a high-capacity foundation capable of carrying Gigabit Ethernet and other local broadband services.

This backbone, which has already begun carrying live traffic, is based on Nortel Networks 10 gigabits-per-second DWDM (dense-wavelength division multiplexing) optical solution, including Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 Optical Line System and OPTera Connect DX optical switch.

The Kingston Communications backbone makes use of Nortel Networks Smart Management System, which enables management of network resources through an operations, administration and maintenance (OA&M) system linked directly to Nortel Networks equipment. The OA&M system enables Kingston Communications to proactively monitor and control network integrity and performance, enabling the network to deliver to its maximum potential.

Kingston Communications has also signed a strategic agreement with Nortel Networks that will enhance Kingston's portfolio of business communications services to provide end-to-end, converged voice and data solutions including Nortel Networks Meridian 1EPBX and Nortel Networks Succession IP (Internet Protocol) Telephony platforms.

About Nortel Networks:

Nortel Networks is a global provider of networking and communications solutions and infrastructure for service providers and corporations. For more information, visit www.nortelnetworks.com.

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