BellSouth and ACD announce supplier agreement

December 10, 2001--ADC today announced a supplier agreement with BellSouth Corp. in which ADC will provide the Atlanta-based communications company with broadband connectivity products, systems, and integration services.

ADC today announced a supplier agreement with BellSouth Corp. in which ADC will provide the Atlanta-based communications company with broadband connectivity products, systems, and integration services.

BellSouth will use a wide array of ADC products ranging from digital signal cross connects (DSX), optical cross connects (OX), and FiberGuide fiber cabling systems. The products are approved for use throughout BellSouth's nine-state southeastern United States territory. The agreement also calls for the consideration of ADC systems integration services in deploying the products and systems.

"BellSouth is focused on the continued transformation of its network to meet the needs of customers who demand next-generation applications," explains Peter Hill, BellSouth's vice president of technology planning and deployment. "ADC has provided BellSouth with a solution for its existing broadband network that results in significant operating savings. BellSouth will leverage these operating savings as it continues to invest in the next-generation applications provided by its e-Platform."

BellSouth's e-Platform initiative is designed to deliver reliable dial tone everyday to create an ideal environment for hosting data-intensive applications and services. The e-Platform uses various connectivity options including DWDM and Gigabit Ethernet to deliver customer-driven applications and services such as hosting, security, and storage to businesses and end users. The e-Platform is powered by 3.6 million miles of fiber-optic cable, BellSouth e-Business Centers, 1,650 central offices, 50 BellSouth Managed Facilities, 20,000 SONET rings, and more than 700 fast-packet switches to create an integrated, distributed e-business platform.

For more information about ADC Telecommunications Inc. (Minneapolis), visit the company's Web site at www.adc.com.

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