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Southern Cross Tackles Growing Bandwidth Demands with Nortel Optical Solution


Employs Broad Range of Nortel Global Services for U.S. West Coast Deployment

AUGUST 09, 2006, TORONTO - Southern Cross Cables is significantly increasing the capability of its U.S. terrestrial optical network with a Nortel* [NYSE/TSE: NT] optical solution. Nortel will supply, deploy and maintain the optical solution on the U.S. mainlandís west coast as part of Southern Crossí 30,500-kilometer submarine cable network that acts as the major link for broadband services and Internet traffic from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii to the U.S.

The deployment will use Nortelís adaptive all optical intelligent platforms, the Nortel Common Photonic Layer (CPL) and Nortel Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500, to connect access points located in San Jose and Morro Bay, California, and Hillboro and Nedonna Beach, Oregon. Using Nortelís Optical Network Manager, the terrestrial network will be fully managed and operated remotely from Southern Crossí network operations center in Auckland, New Zealand.

ďAs one of the Pacific Rimís leading independent bandwidth wholesalers, Southern Cross provides our Australasian and Hawaiian customers with secure and reliable bandwidth for today, tomorrow and the next 15 years,Ē said Fiona Beck, chief executive officer, Southern Cross Cables Limited. ďNortelís optical solutions and the experience of their global services business play an important role in helping Southern Cross to meet the current and future needs of our growing customer base.Ē

ďAt the heart of Nortelís success in building high-performance all optical networks is a continued commitment to innovation and making complex deployments simple for our customers,Ē said Philippe Morin, president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. ďOur intelligent optical platforms help enable service providers like Southern Cross to increase bandwidth capabilities and flexibility, as well as lower the costs associated with operating a world-class optical network.Ē

Nortelís Global Services portfolio was a key differentiator over competitive offerings, giving Southern Cross the ability to upgrade its U.S. terrestrial network with minimal impact on existing customers. Nortel will provide Southern Cross with integration services including network staging, engineering, implementation and stability testing. Nortel will also provide maintenance services including a Platinum Support Plan for emergency dispatch and recovery, site maintenance and technical support, and operations and maintenance training.

The Southern Cross U.S. terrestrial network is configured with twenty 10 Gbps channels (200 Gbps) of lit capacity. Using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) capabilities in the CPL and OME 6500, this network has the potential to increase to 560 Gigabits of capacity when growth requires, and with the addition of new 40 Gbps modules on the CPL future network capacity could be quadrupled to over two terabits per second.

Southern Cross will also use one of Nortelís key innovations on the OME 6500, electronic dynamically compensating optics (eDCO) that enable fiber spans of up to 2,000 kilometers without the need for costly inline dispersion compensation modules or regeneration equipment.

The Nortel OME 6500 is an optical convergence platform that supports transponding, TDM and Ethernet switching on a single device, allowing service providers a smooth migration to a reliable and scalable Ethernet infrastructure while maintaining minimal infrastructure costs. The OME 6500 has been deployed in over 115 networks globally. The Nortel CPL is a is an intelligent, continuously self-optimizing, modular DWDM transport platform designed for cost-effective metro, regional and long haul networks. The CPL has been deployed in over 35 networks around the world.

Nortelís Global Services include a full range of integrated services for design, deployment, management and maintenance of end-to-end multi-vendor network solutions, including seamless migration to next generation technologies.

About Southern Cross Cable Network (**

Southern Cross Cable Network provides the fastest, most direct, and most secure international bandwidth from Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii to the heart of the Internet in the USA. With offices in Bermuda, Sydney, Auckland and Wellington, Southern Cross has potential to provide for Australasiaís growing bandwidth requirements for the next five years and is fuelling the broadband revolution. Southern Cross Cable Network is owned by Telecom New Zealand (50%), SingTel Optus (40%) and Verizon (10%).

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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