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Mediacom Puts More Muscle Behind its Triple Play Services with Nortel 40G


New Network Powers High Definition TV, Video on Demand and Other High Bandwidth Services

TORONTO – Mediacom Communications ** has selected a Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT ] 40G Optical Solution to expand its network and meet increasing bandwidth demands. The new network will run across Chicago, Illinois, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska delivering telephone, high-speed Internet and TV services – including high-bandwidth applications like HDTV and Video on Demand (VoD).

With more and more TV shows being offered in HD and consumers becoming increasingly accustomed to watching what they want, when they want, services like HDTV and VoD are becoming a ’must have’ in many households. These services vastly increase the amount of bandwidth required from the network with HD video alone using five to nine times more bandwidth than standard digital video, putting pressure on operators to expand or upgrade their networks to meet the demand. Nortel’s 40G solution will provide Mediacom with the network capacity to deliver these services, as well as Internet and phone services.

“At Mediacom our customers count on us to bring them the latest communications and entertainment services. Nortel’s 40G solution ensures we’ll have the capability to keep delivering even as demand continues to grow and drive up our bandwidth needs,” said JR Walden, senior vice president of technology, Mediacom. “With four times the capacity of a 10G solution and a cost-effective deployment scenario, Nortel’s 40G solution demonstrates our continued commitment to bringing the latest technology to the communities we serve.”

“HD is transforming user experience, whether it’s on TV or the Internet, putting incredible bandwidth pressure on networks to give consumers the high quality viewing experience they expect,” said Philippe Morin , president of Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel. “Nortel’s 40G solution allows service providers to add the capacity to support high-bandwidth demands on their networks without complex re-engineering. We were able to offer Mediacom all the benefits of a 10G solution in terms of reach and performance without all the extra equipment add-ons of alternate solutions. This makes Nortel’s 40G solution a simple and cost-effective way to add bandwidth today and prepare for even higher bandwidth needs in the future with a path to 100G.”

Nortel’s 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine is a plug, play and evolve technology that is deployable over any fiber. It allows operators to reduce engineering, eliminate equipment and upgrade quickly and cost-effectively from 10G to 40G – and ultimately, all the way to 100G. Using the superior performance of Nortel 40G, Mediacom was able to reduce the number of amplifier sites required along the 470 mile (755km) route from Chicago to Omaha thereby simplifying and reducing the overall cost of the network expansion.

The Mediacom solution consists of the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 equipped with 40G optics and the Common Photonic Layer line system, key products that enable the migration to a more agile, adaptive, all optical network. Nortel is also providing engineering, installation, test, and turn-up services for Mediacom.

About Mediacom Communications Corporation

Mediacom Communications is the nation’s eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities and towns in the United States. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional video services, digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, high-speed data access and phone service. More information about Mediacom Communications can be accessed on the Internet at: .**

Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that make the promise of Business Made Simple a reality for our customers. Our next-generation technologies, for both service provider and enterprise networks, support multimedia and business-critical applications. Nortel’s technologies are designed to help eliminate today’s barriers to efficiency, speed and performance by simplifying networks and connecting people to the information they need, when they need it. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at . For the latest Nortel news, visit .

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