June 13, 2005 22:00 ET

Nortel Digital Cable TV Network for China's Gansu Province to Bring Communications to Rural Areas for First Time

BEIJING--(CCNMatthews - Jun 13, 2005) -

Network to Improve Education, Health, Public Services in Underdeveloped Region

The benefits of education, health and public services communications are being extended to the predominantly rural population of China's Gansu province for the first time through a contract to deploy digital cable television (CATV) solutions from Nortel (NYSE:NT) (TSX:NT). The contract with the Broadcast and Television Bureaus of Jiuquan, Tianshui and Zhangye is estimated at US$12 million.

The new CATV infrastructure is expected to help alleviate poverty in Gansu through wider availability of such public services as education, remote diagnostic medical treatment, and business and government information for residents who currently have limited or no access to communications. Digital voice, data, video and multimedia services will be provided to residents in the Jiuquan, Tianshui and Zhangye areas.

Export Development Canada (EDC) is financing the Gansu CATV project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2005 to meet the country's digital TV transition timetable as established by the Chinese government.

"Extending communication services to an underdeveloped region such as Gansu is vital in building a solid foundation to support programs that will ultimately improve the quality of life for people in the province," said Yuan-Hao Lin, chief technology officer, Greater China, Nortel. "The Gansu project will be Nortel's largest end-to-end solution for China's television and broadcast industry and the first CATV backbone in the province. Nortel is extremely gratified to be part of such an important element in the development of the region."

For rural and urban residential customers alike, the new CATV backbone will deliver high quality television transmission and provide access to high-speed Internet services for e-learning programs and e-government services.

For the Gansu CATV network, Nortel is integrating optical, multimedia and telephony technologies into a single converged voice, data and broadcast cable network capable of providing a wide range of value added services. The network will position Gansu cable operators to leverage fiber assets for cost-effective delivery of fully managed Ethernet services like high-speed Internet access, local area network (LAN) extension, voice and video, and optical storage services over data customer interfaces. Currently, Gansu province has a public digital data, relay and multimedia communications network that reaches every city and prefecture in the province. Several of the Gansu data networks are based on Nortel Ethernet switching and router solutions.

The new CATV network will include a variety of solutions from Nortel's data networking portfolio, including Nortel Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, Service Edge Router (SER) 5500, Business Policy Switch (BPS) and VPN (virtual private network) Router 2700.

Nortel's Metro Ethernet Routing Switch 8600 combines high performance with reliability, intelligence and security, and allows for fail-safe connectivity to the network core. As a convergence device at the edge of the network, Nortel SER 5500 enables a combination of VPN, broadband aggregation and IP (Internet Protocol) services over a single converged network. With Web-based management and advanced IP Quality of Service (QoS), Nortel BPS targets resource-intensive and delay-intolerant applications such as voice over IP (VoIP), video streaming, and e-commerce. Nortel VPN Router 2700 serves as an IP access router, dedicated VPN switch or firewall - and evolves from one to another via a simple software key license.

Nortel's Metro Optical 3500 and 3400 systems will facilitate cost-efficient delivery of a variety of digital TV and high-capacity data and voice services, providing advanced bandwidth management capabilities and innovative service modules. Nortel Multimedia Communication Server 5200 will also be deployed to leverage the innovation of the Internet to deliver advanced multimedia and collaborative applications that enhance personal productivity and mobility, while simplifying communications by delivering ubiquitous access to services, independent of location.

Nortel ranked No. 1 in the global markets for both service provider softswitches and gateways as of year-end 2004, according to Synergy Research Group. With its proven voice and multimedia portfolio, Nortel is providing VoIP solutions to several leading cable operators, including Rogers Cable in Canada, Cox Communications in the United States, Charter Communications and VTR in Chile, TeleCable in Spain, Telenet in Belgium, and ish and Kabel BW in Germany.

Nortel was the first vendor to deploy full-featured, end-to-end VoIP solutions to every segment of the Service Provider market. Nortel has shipped more than 45,000 multiservice switching systems and more than 2,000 Services Edge Routers worldwide. In addition, Nortel Optical Systems are deployed in more than 1,000 customer networks in over 65 countries.

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