NEC signs first DWDM contract in Latin America with broadband fiber optic system for Mexico

July 24, 2001--NEC Corporation announced it has been selected to supply its SpectralWave Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) system by a telecommunication operator in Mexico.

NEC Corporation (Nasdaq: NIPNY) announced it has been selected to supply its SpectralWave Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) system by Telefonos De Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (TELMEX), a telecommunication operator in Mexico. The company completed the shipment, which included an SDH fiber optic system, through NEC de Mexico. The TELMEX project is the first DWDM deployment for NEC in Latin America. NEC has been a major SDH fiber optical network vendor in Mexico.

NEC's terrestrial DWDM system has been deployed in the United States, Japan, Asia and Europe. The company is also a DWDM submarine systems vendor, supplying DWDM systems to large submarine cable projects such as APCN2, AJC and EAC2.

NEC's SDH fiber optic system and the DWDM system, with a capacity of 2.5Gbps x 80 Wave/200Gbps, will be implemented in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, Mexico's third-largest city (pop. 3.5 million), supporting the city's mobile and Internet communication.

This project is an important step for NEC's DWDM business in Latin America. A combination of NEC's deployment of DWDM systems and NEC Mexico's total solution capabilities -- from system design, implementation to customer services -- were favorably evaluated for the order from TELMEX.

NEC will continuously promote its DWDM system in Mexico and other Latin American countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica and plans to further expand its networking solutions to operators in all over the world.

About NEC America:

NEC America, Inc., an affiliate of NEC Corporation, develops, manufactures and markets advanced communication products and software for public and private networks. For more information, visit www.necpng.com or www.nec.com.

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