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Global Crossing, Nortel Bring Fast Internet to Mexico

[Markham, CANADA] Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GBLX) has deployed a high performance Optical Internet solution from Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) as part of its new telecommunications network linking Mexico City, Monterrey, Mazatlan and Guadalajara.

One of the first of its kind in Mexico, the network offers high capacity for fast, reliable Internet connections, enabling Global Crossing to deliver a suite of communications and Internet services to its customers in Mexico effective immediately.

Mexican Crossing, Global Crossing's terrestrial optical network in Mexico, can transport voice, data and multimedia services at speeds up to 320 gigabits per second over a single fiber pair, or carry approximately 500,000 simultaneous phone calls over a single fiber.

This high capacity allows Global Crossing to provide multiple new services and enables its customers to benefit from faster Internet access and shorter downloads.

"We've had a strong presence in the country for 20 years now. With this network, we are strengthening our commitment to building the high-performance Internet in Mexico," said Victor Cervantes, managing director, Nortel Networks Mexico.

The Nortel solution for Global Crossing in Mexico includes Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 1600 Optical Line System, Nortel Networks OPTera Connect DX Connection Manager, and Nortel Networks Preside network and service management.

Global Crossing announced earlier this year its selection of Nortel Networks OPTera Long Haul 4000 Optical Line System for the West Coast portion of its ultra-high capacity data network in the United States.

Global Crossing will also use Nortel Networks SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) optical equipment in its two Pan American cable landing stations in Tijuana and Mazatlan, Mexico.

The Pan American Crossing is part of the Global Crossing Network that will seamlessly interconnect major cities worldwide in a continuous network of state-of-the-art undersea and terrestrial fiber optic systems. The Pan American Crossing will link the continental United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Nortel and Global Crossing have also partnered for projects in Europe (see: Nortel Networks Creates 2,000 Jobs in Europe, June 19, 2000 and Nortel Wins Global Crossing Contract, June 15, 2000).