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TELUS Deploying Nortel Networks' Next-generation Optical Networking and High-speed Switching Equipment for Estimated US $47 Million National Network Build

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - TELUS, Canada's second largest
telecommunications provider, has selected Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT)
next-generation Optical Internet and high-speed optical switch interface
equipment for its national network build in an agreement estimated at US$47
million. Deployment of equipment began in 1999 including completion of the
link to GTE Corporation's US network via Seattle. The cross-Canada portion of
the TELUS network is slated for completion by June, 2000.
    "We chose Nortel Networks' advanced technology to deliver the capacity
and network reliability that is so critical to a heavily IP-oriented
cross-country network," said Ian Mansfield, executive vice president and
president of TELUS Communications. "Our network deployment will link major
Canadian cities and connect our customers to the rest of the world, with the
best network performance and always-on availability to meet their Internet,
multimedia and voice calling needs. The optical switch interface equipment
will ensure that our network can handle today's traffic load, and increased
future requirements."
    The high-capacity optical network connects TELUS' Vancouver-Seattle
network with GTE's network span to Detroit, and will link to Toronto and
Montreal. The backbone network will be based on Nortel Networks' OPTera LH
backbone networking equipment using the OPTera Connect DX optical
cross-connect at interconnection points.
    "TELUS' network takes advantage of our Optical Internet capabilities that
are optimized for high-performance optical networking," said Greg Mumford,
vice-president Optical Networks, Nortel Networks. "This advanced network will
serve TELUS and its customers well into the new millennium, with sufficient
bandwidth and sophisticated switching interface to support a new era of
communications, collaboration and commerce."
    The OPTera LH system currently provides per-fiber capacity up to 320
billion bits per second - enough to carry 15 million 56 Kbps Internet modem
connections simultaneously on a single fiber. The network will be managed
using Nortel Networks' Preside Integrated Network Management solution.
    Nortel Networks DMS Spectrum Peripheral Module (SPM), a key element of
Nortel Networks' Succession Network next-generation architecture, will be
deployed in B.C. and Alberta. This will enable TELUS to transfer voice and
data traffic directly to the high-capacity optical network for transport
across the country, while reducing cost of switching office ownership and
providing enhanced reliability.
    Reliability will also be optimized in the TELUS network by using large
fiber optic rings for millisecond restoration. Network capacity will be
scalable using Dense-Wavelength Division Multiplexing (D-WDM), a technology
which maximizes traffic-carrying ability by splitting the light into multiple
    Using Nortel Networks' Preside platform, TELUS will be able to centrally
manage their international network span and remotely turn up services as
needed. Preside Integrated Network Management is used extensively throughout
the world to manage more than 85,000 network elements in over 300 networks.
    TELUS is Canada's second largest telecommunications company and provides
a full range of advanced communication services and products connecting
Canadians with the world. TELUS shares trade on the Toronto stock exchanges
under the stock symbols BTS (Common) and BTS.A (Non-Voting).
    Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and
wireline solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1998 revenues of US$17.6
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


For further information: Shelley E. Grandy, Nortel Networks, 
(905) 863-2105,; Doug Strachan, TELUS
(604) 432-2663,; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks,
(905) 863-4702,
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