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

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.

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 -30- 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. Archived images on this organization are available through CNW E-Pix at www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian Press.


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