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May 06, 2008 04:00 ET

Virgin Media Lights 40G Path in UK with Nortel and Juniper Networks

Manchester to London Trial Demonstrates 40G Over a Live UK Commercial Network

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Virgin Media (NASDAQ:VMED) has teamed with Nortel(1) (TSX:NT)(NYSE:NT) and Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR) to prepare to meet ongoing network demands from its customers for ever-increasing speed and bandwidth.

The 40G North-South trial, on Virgin Media's existing 10G network, shows how Virgin Media is ready to respond to the growing customer appetite for bandwidth-hungry entertainment services such as catch-up TV, video-on-demand, advanced multimedia communications and high speed Internet with up to 20Mb and 50Mb now in trials.

The successful 40G trial, conducted over a 350km (217 mile) span of Virgin Media's current UK 10G network, demonstrated the economic feasibility of optimizing existing optical network assets and scaling the network to achieve market-leading transmission rates.

For the trial, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, Nortel provided 40G Adaptive Optical Engine DWDM transponder cards which interconnected with Juniper Networks T-series routers with 40G interfaces located at sites in Manchester and London.

The live field trial, conducted in late April 2008, carried 40G traffic generated by Virgin Media and delivered over its long-haul optical network between Manchester and London. The trial effectively positions Virgin Media as the first UK operator to offer 40G wavelength services between UK locations and, following the success of the pilot, the company is now looking to deploy. This will enable Virgin Media to continue to grow and scale new premium-quality business and entertainment services with low incremental investment.

"Our aim for this trial was to ensure we continue to meet the growing capacity needs of the high-speed services we deliver and provide a quality experience for Virgin Media customers," said Daniel Hennessy, director of Technical Architecture, Virgin Media. "Our strategic suppliers have demonstrated very clearly how existing network assets can be scaled to meet the growth in demand associated with evolving customer behaviour and step changes in the products provided as part of our high-speed broadband proposition. Our optical network will provide a solid foundation for growth as it takes advantage of technology designed to avoid electrical regeneration and where possible reduce the incremental cost of scaling transport capacity."

"The success of this trial for Virgin Media proves just how simple it is to meet the rising bandwidth and service needs being placed on today's networks by making the most of existing optical assets with adaptive 40G optical technology from Nortel that is unlike anything else currently on the market," said Philippe Morin president, Metro Ethernet Networks, Nortel.

"By using Virgin Media's existing network and showing how 40G wavelengths can readily be deployed across a nationwide network, we are providing significant performance and scale enhancements to the Virgin Media network. The live trial demonstrated how Juniper Networks high-performance routers can be used by service providers to leverage existing investments and cost-effectively and efficiently scale their networks to meet the demands of next-generation services," said Opher Kahane, senior vice president and head of High End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks.

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The April 2008 trial involved carrying live 40Gbps wavelength traffic over a 350km span on the Virgin Media optical network using Nortel core optical transmission equipment and Juniper Networks T-series core routers with 40Gbps interfaces. Deploying 40Gbps technology increases the performance of both the IP/MPLS and optical networks and its overall capacity. The unique technology also helps the company control network equipment costs including installation, operations and maintenance.

The trial also demonstrated Virgin Media's ability to provide a dynamic 40G wavelength service over its entire Nortel-supplied CPL (Common Photonic Layer) 2500km nationwide network. The April trial was conducted between Virgin Media's Manchester and London Points of Presence (POPs) where the Juniper Networks high-performance T-series core routers are located, with WDM transport over Nortel CPL without regeneration. This is believed to be the first 40Gbps transport over a commercial network carrying live traffic over the 40G wavelengths in the UK (without regeneration, external dispersion compensation or costly Raman amplification) using Nortel's 40G Adaptive Optical Engine WDM transponder technology.

40Gbps wavelengths can be deployed "immediately" using Nortel systems. Virgin Media's existing Juniper T-series router core can be upgraded to 40G ports which will then be carried over the CPL network providing immediate capacity gains in the packet layer and reducing link complexity. This will enable more cost effective deployments of next generation services over this core for low incremental investment.

This is an expansion of the customer's existing Nortel-supplied optical network. CPL is already built by Virgin Media around its UK network. The provision of 40G capabilities over this network required the addition of 40G wavelength transponders at the relevant terminal locations only and operates with existing 10Gbps design rules and amplifier spacings. Live 40G traffic comes from existing Juniper routers that support the core IP network.

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media is an innovative and pioneering UK entertainment and communications business. For the first time consumers can get everything they need from one company - the UK's only quad play of TV, broadband, phone and mobile plus the most advanced TV on demand service available, the UK's first high definition TV service and V+, our high specification personal video recorder. We're the UK's largest residential broadband provider, the largest virtual mobile network operator and the second largest provider of pay TV and home phone.

Virgin Media owns two content businesses - Virgin Media Television (VMTV) and sit-up. VMTV owns seven entertainment channels - Virgin1, Living, Living 2, Bravo, Bravo 2, Challenge, and Trouble - and is a 50% partner in UKTV which consists of nine channels including Dave, UKTV Gold and UKTV History. sit-up runs retail TV channels bid tv, price-drop tv and speed auctiontv.

Virgin Media is the largest Virgin company in the world and has almost 10 million customers. To find out more visit: www.virginmedia.com/presscentre(2).

About Juniper Networks

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About Nortel

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 www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.

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