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Qtera Introduces Industry's Most Advanced Ultra-Long-Haul Networking System


    Disruptive Technology First to Provide 4000 km Reach 
    at 10Gbps Channel Speeds

    BALTIMORE, March 7 /CNW/ - Qtera Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT), and leading developer of photonic
networking systems for the backbone of the Optical Internet, today announced
the introduction of its ground-breaking, ultra-long-haul photonic networking
system - ULTRA. As the first to provide a 10Gbps backbone that breaks the 4000
km distance barrier without opto-electronic regeneration, Qtera ULTRA offers
backbone providers extremely low-cost bandwidth that is much easier to deploy.
The ULTRA system, which has been trialed by leading long-haul service
providers, is scheduled for volume shipments starting in 3Q00.
    Qtera is providing a demonstration of the ULTRA photonic networking
system, as well as its interoperability with high-performance IP routers, at
the OFC 2000 conference and tradeshow, taking place at the Baltimore
Convention Center, March 7-9, Booth 2215. On the show floor, Qtera will
demonstrate an ULTRA system application transporting 56 Dense-Wavelength
Division Multiplexed (DWDM) channels, each operating at 10Gbps over 3600km of
optical fiber. The intreroperability demonstration will show the Nortel
Networks Versalar 25000, the Juniper Networks M40, and the Avici TSR platforms
as the router interfaces to the Qtera ULTRA.
    "This is truly a watershed event for Qtera, for Nortel Networks and for
the optical networking industry," said Fahri Diner, Qtera president and
founder. "With the market introduction of the ULTRA photonic networking
system, backbone providers can minimize the cost of bandwidth, improve network
reliability and deliver plug-and-play service provisioning. Teamed with the
market-leading Nortel Networks OPTera portfolio and Preside Network
Management, we truly can ensure the lowest cost, most flexible and highly
scalable solution for any optical networking application."
    The Qtera ULTRA system, which will be manufactured at the company's
state-of-the-art facility in Boca Raton, Fla., consists of three network
elements:

    - The ULTRA Optical Gateway, which provides an open interface to
      high-speed Internet services;

    - The ULTRA Optical Terminal, which provides the industry-leading optical
      add/drop and wavelength management capabilities with 100 percent
      flexibility at any node in the network; and

    - The ULTRA Optical Amplifier, which boosts the signal quality across
      long-haul routes.

    The ULTRA photonic networking system is managed by Q.Vista, an advanced
element management system, will seamlessly work with Nortel Networks Preside
management system. The ULTRA solution is further enhanced by the
Q.Configurator, a network planning and provisioning software tool designed to
make bandwidth provisioning a simple point-and-click task.
    "Nortel Networks is recognized as the global market leader in 10Gbps
optical networks," said Mike Unger, president of Nortel Networks' Optical
Networks unit. "Qtera ULTRA extends the power of our OPTera portfolio from
greatest capacity and highest speed to include the longest reach solutions."

    About Qtera and Nortel Networks
    Qtera Corporation, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is a wholly owned
subsidiary and the newest division of Nortel Networks Optical business.
Qtera's solutions provide a greatly simplified, purely photonic backbone for
the Optical Internet. For more information on Qtera, visit www.qtera.com

    Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, eBusiness, and
wireless solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1999 U.S. GAAP revenues
of US$21.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise
customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance
Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining
the economics and quality of networking and the Internet through Unified
Networks that promise a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce.
Visit us at www.nortelnetworks.com



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For further information: Joey Nord, Nortel Networks, (770) 708-5059, 
joeynord@nortelnetworks.com; Media Relations: Jill Layman, Qtera 
Corporation, (561) 999-4242, layman@qtera.com; Investor Relations: Angela 
McMonagle, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-6044, 
mcmona@nortelnetworks.com.
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