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Network Rail Selects Nortel Networks to Deliver GSM-R Network Across UK

  • 15 April, 2004 13:53

<p>GSM-R Wireless Communications Network to Enhance Railway Performance, Safety</p>
<p>LONDON: Network Rail has selected Nortel Networks* [NYSE/TSX: NT] to deliver a national GSM for Railways (GSM-R) wireless communications network for Britain’s public rail network. The new GSM-R system will manage communications between railway signalers and train drivers across Britain.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks will deliver an integrated GSM-R core and digital radio access network to renew current radio communication systems and enable advanced signaling systems such as ERTMS.</p>
<p>The new mobile network equipment complies with the rail industry-specific EIRENE standards, and is expected to be the second largest GSM-R network in Europe once operational. To date, Germany has Europe’s largest GSM-R network with 24,500 kilometers of GSM-R coverage supplied by Nortel Networks.</p>
<p>GSM-R is a proven and robust system for mobile communications. Directional antennae mounted on towers receive and broadcast the signals received from signalers and drivers, enabling them to communicate directly. Maintenance staff and other railway workers, such as train dispatch staff at stations, can also use the technology to communicate.</p>
<p>“Our GSM-R network systems provide industry-leading reliability and performance, which are critical for railway operators in today’s marketplace,” said Vivian Hudson, president and general manager, GSM-R, Nortel Networks. “Nortel Networks and Network Rail share the same commitment to enhancing network quality, improving the end-user experience, and reducing the overall cost of operations.”
Nortel Networks experience across telecommunications and specialized implementation services designed specifically for the railway industry combine to provide an end-to-end GSM-R network solution. Nortel Networks provides a number of unique advantages, including a railway customized GSM-R Base Transceiver Station for better trackside coverage under severe environmental conditions. Nortel Networks GSM-R infrastructure enhances Quality of Service and reliability, and provides clear voice and data communications for high-speed trains. Nortel Networks GSM-R offering is scalable to support GPRS and high-speed data and voice transmissions.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks has been a pioneer in the GSM-R standards process since 1992, and has worked with UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). Nortel Networks supplied equipment for the MORANE (Mobile Radio for Railways Networks in Europe) trial and was a major contributor in the EIRENE (European Integrated Railway radio Enhanced Network) GSM-R standard.</p>
<p>Leveraging more than 10 years in GSM-R technology, Nortel Networks is now supplying GSM-R in more than six countries, including France, Germany, the UK, Italy, Slovakia and China. Nortel Networks is deploying the nationwide GSM-R network in France for RFF, and has provided the end-to-end system for the new ICE high-speed line between Frankfurt and Cologne, as well as the high-speed line between Roma and Naples in Italy. Nortel Networks is the world leader in GSM-R technology, with more than 60 percent market share of lines deployed to date.</p>
<p>Nortel Networks is an industry leader and innovator focused on transforming how the world communicates and exchanges information. The Company is supplying its service provider and enterprise customers with communications technology and infrastructure to enable value-added IP data, voice and multimedia services spanning Wireless Networks, Wireline Networks, Enterprise Networks, and Optical Networks. As a global company, Nortel Networks does business in more than 150 countries. More information about Nortel Networks can be found on the Web at www.nortelnetworks.com</p>
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<p>Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties. The results or events predicted in these statements may differ materially from actual results or events. Factors which could cause results or events to differ from current expectations include, among other things: the outcome of Nortel Networks independent review and any further restatement of its previously announced or filed financial results; the impact of the inability to meet Nortel Networks filing obligations on credit and support facilities and public debt obligations; the sufficiency of Nortel Networks restructuring activities, including the potential for higher actual costs to be incurred in connection with restructuring actions compared to the estimated costs of such actions; continued reductions in spending by Nortel Networks customers; fluctuations in Nortel Networks operating results and general industry, economic and market conditions and growth rates; the communication by Nortel Networks auditors of the existence of material weaknesses in internal control; Nortel Networks ability to recruit and retain qualified employees; fluctuations in Nortel Networks cash flow, level of outstanding debt and current debt ratings; Nortel Networks ability to meet the financial covenant in its credit facilities; the use of cash collateral to support Nortel Networks normal course business activities; the dependence on Nortel Networks subsidiaries for funding; the impact of Nortel Networks defined benefit plans and deferred tax assets on results of operations, Nortel Networks cash flows and compliance with its financial covenant; Nortel Networks dependence on new product development and its ability to predict market demand for particular products; Nortel Networks ability to integrate the operations and technologies of acquired businesses in an effective manner; the impact of rapid technological and market change; the impact of price and product competition; barriers to international growth and global economic conditions, particularly in emerging markets and including interest rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of rationalization in the telecommunications industry; changes in regulation of the Internet; the impact of the credit risks of Nortel Networks customers and the impact of customer financing and commitments; stock market volatility generally and as a result of acceleration of the settlement date or early settlement of Nortel Networks purchase contracts; risks associated with a consolidation of Nortel Networks common shares; the impact of Nortel Networks supply and outsourcing contracts that contain delivery and installation provisions, which, if not met, could result in the payment of substantial penalties or liquidated damages; the future success of Nortel Networks strategic alliances; and the adverse resolution of litigation, intellectual property disputes and similar matters. For additional information with respect to certain of these and other factors, see the most recent Form 10-Q/A and Form 10-K/A filed by Nortel Networks with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, Nortel Networks disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.</p>
<p>*Nortel Networks, the Nortel Networks logo, the Globemark and Business Without Boundaries are trademarks of Nortel Networks.</p>

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