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Nortel Selected to Provide Wireless Network for Channel Tunnel Rail Link


NOVEMBER 10, 2005, LONDON - Thales UK has selected Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to provide a digital wireless communications network and support services for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between London and Folkestone. The network will be designed to support secure, reliable voice communications to train controllers and drivers using the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, including EUROSTAR.

Thales UKís telecommunications business was contracted to supply communications services by Rail Link Engineering, the company responsible for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Nortel will work alongside Thales UK to deploy a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) network. Nortel is the world leader in GSM-R technology with a 60 percent market share of lines deployed to date.

ďReliability and functionality are top priorities for this vital Channel Tunnel communications system,Ē said Justin Walker, managing director, Services Division, Thales UK. ďNortelís solution ensures both of these key priorities are met as well as providing interoperability and operational efficiencies with the UKís future national rail communications systems.Ē

ďNortel has proven, global experience in building more secure, reliable, cost-effective wireless networks and is a world leader in adapting those networks to meet the special needs of rail operators,Ē said Scott Wickware, vice president, Wireless Networks, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Nortel. ďOur depth of expertise in rail communications has been a key factor in Nortel securing its position as the sole supplier of GSM-R networks in the UK.Ē

Working alongside Thales UK, Nortel is providing engineering, installation, integration, project and consultancy services for the Channel Tunnel Tail Link GSM-R network. Channel Tunnel Rail Link drivers will communicate via GSM-R terminals to GSM-R base transceiver stations along the rail link between London and Folkestone, connected through a base station controller located in Ashford, Kent.

Nortel is deploying nationwide GSM-R networks across Europe and Asia. These include networks in France for RFF, in Great Britain for Network Rail, and in Germany for Deutsche Bahn. Nortel supplied the high-speed line between Rome and Naples, Italy for SIRTI. Nortel is also deploying a GSM-R network for the worldís highest rail line, the Tibet-Qinghai high-speed line in China.

Nortel has been a pioneer in the GSM-R standards process since 1992, and has worked with UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). Nortel supplied equipment for the MORANE (Mobile Radio for Railways Networks in Europe) trial and was a major contributor to the EIRENE (European Integrated Railway radio Enhanced Network) GSM-R standard.

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