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
).

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