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Charter and Nortel Announce Optical Solution


APRIL 10, 2006, ALPHARETTA, GA - The Southeast Operating Division of Charter Business - the commercial business unit of Charter Communications, Inc. [Nasdaq: CHTR] - and Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] announce the deployment and implementation of an optical solution providing highly reliable, secure network services for enhanced business continuity between the U.S. Corporate Office of automaker BMW and its new state-of the-art research facilities.

Charter is providing BMW with private, redundant connectivity for replicated data storage transport, as well as converging corporate data communications over redundant 10 Gigabit connections using Nortelís optical technology, according to Robert Carter, vice president of Charter Business for Charterís Southeast operating division. This highly flexible and scaleable solution is carrying multiple FibreChannel (FC-200) circuits and multiple gigabit Ethernet circuits between BMWís existing factory in Greer, South Carolina, and its new research facility at the nearby International Center for Automotive Research (ICAR) in Greenville, South Carolina, according to Mr. Carter.

ďCharter is committed to providing industry-leading multi-service connectivity to our growing base of enterprise customers and Nortelís optical technology is helping us meet that commitment,Ē Mr. Carter said. ďOur optical infrastructure and leading-edge service offerings provide clients like BMW with a cost-effective alternative for securing critical network connectivity services.Ē

Tom Buttermore, general manager of Global Cable Solutions for Nortel, said the BMW solution relies on Charterís regional optical backbone network, recently deployed using Nortelís Common Photonic Layer (CPL) and Optical Metro 5200 platforms to support the delivery of video on demand (VOD), high speed data and VoIP telephone services.

ďCharterís connectivity service for BMW uses the Optical Metro 5200 with new 10 Gbps multiservice cards to converge up to 10 independent service connections over a single, highly reliable optical wavelength. This scalable solution results in higher network uptime for BMW, while lowering Charterís overall network operational costs,Ē Mr. Buttermore said.

About Charter Communications

Charter Communications, Inc., a broadband communications company, provides a full range of advanced broadband services to the home, including cable television on an advanced digital video programming platform via Charter DigitalTM, Charter High-SpeedTM Internet service and Charter TelephoneTM. Charter BusinessTM provides scalable, tailored and cost-effective broadband communications solutions to organizations of all sizes through business-to-business Internet, data networking, video and music services. Advertising sales and production services are sold under the Charter Mediaģ brand. More information about Charter can be found at**

About Nortel

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the worldís most critical information. Our next-generation technologies, for both service providers and enterprises, span access and core networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications, and help eliminate todayís barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people with information. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at For the latest Nortel news, visit

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