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Unity Media Deploys Nortelís Optical Ethernet to Deliver ĎTriple Playí Cable Services


New Network Reduces Operational Costs, Creates New Revenue Opportunities

DECEMBER 19, 2005, FRANKFURT, Germany - Unity Media GmbH has deployed a Nortel* (NYSE/TSX:NT) Optical Ethernet network to support ítriple playí cable services such as VoIP, video-on-demand, and Internet. The recently formed German cable operator Unity Media is the proprietor of established cable network operators ish and iesy.

The Unity Media network consolidates the subscriber services of cable network operators ish and iesy and serves more than five million customers in Germanyís North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen regions. Nortelís Optical Ethernet solution is helping Unity Media to drive down operational costs and create new revenue by enhancing its service portfolio and expanding its service area.

ďNortel enabled us to successfully unite the ish and iesy networks to create Europeís largest interconnected cable network,Ē said Colin Buechner, senior vice president Network Operations and Technology, Unity Media. ďNow we can deliver a full range of entertainment and multi-media services, including digital TV, video-on-demand, Internet and telephony, into more homes from a single source. We chose Nortel because of its leadership and proven experience in delivering Optical Ethernet networks on time. These strengths have been critical in helping us meet the new capacity requirements created by the merger of ish and iesy in a very tight timeframe.Ē

Unity Mediaís Optical Ethernet network was planned, implemented and put into commercial operation in just six weeks.

ďBy consolidating the Ethernet transport of iesy and ish subscriber services over a single multiservice optical backbone, we were able to satisfy Unity Mediaís immediate capacity needs,Ē said Peter Newcombe, president Carrier Networks, Nortel. ďThe newly deployed network also has room for future growth as Unity Media adds new services and subscribers.Ē

The Nortel solution deployed for Unity Media provides multiple Gigabit Ethernet interfaces to support video transport and Internet data and is based on Nortelís Optical Metro 5000 product. The network solution makes use of the Gigabit Ethernet Muxponder card that permits 10 x Gigabit Ethernet service on a single 10 Gbps wavelength. This solution maximises use of each wavelength capacity, minimises the initial cost of deployment, and enables network and service expansion. The additional ability to provide transparent connectivity for native 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN and WAN service traffic provides further network scalability and efficiency.

About Unity Media
Unity Media is headquartered in Cologne and is the proprietor of the Hessian cable network operator iesy and the North Rhine-Westphalian cable network operator ish. The two companies are the largest providers of cable television in their respective states. In addition to analogue cable services, ish and iesy also offer digital television, high-speed Internet and telephony. On 30 September 2005, Unity Media had approximately 5.2 million basic cable customers, 101,100 digital TV customers, 30,300 high speed Internet customers, and 11,500 telephone lines. More information on Unity Media 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. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the worldís greatest challenges. 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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