Travel agency provider Start Amadeus selects Nortel Networks for ATM/IP network solutions, to migrate to IP multiservice platform

August 1, 2002

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FRANKFURT -- Start Amadeus, Germany's largest travel distribution system, has selected Nortel Networks [NYSE/TXS: NT] to build a multiservice ATM/IP backbone infrastructure throughout Germany and manage the migration from their existing X.25 network platform. This system will also provide an Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) designed to give Start Amadeus' customers additional security services. Working in conjunction with Nortel Networks and system integrator Siemens, Start Amadeus plans to deploy Nortel Networks Passport 7480 Multiservice Switches to create an all ATM/Internet Protocol (IP) backbone capable of supporting 34 Megabits per second, as well as establish regional sub rings. Under the agreement, Nortel Networks Preside* Multiservice Data Manager (MDM) will be deployed as the management system for the network. Nortel Networks technology is expected to ultimately connect 23 office locations and integrate more than 16,200 travel agencies in Germany through the new ATM/IP backbone ring network. "The decision to restructure our network was driven by our customers' need for flexibility and enhanced IP services," said Roland Ficht, vice president, Information Technology, Start Amadeus. "By working with Nortel Networks and Siemens Business Services, we are expanding beyond our previous transfixed network, based on X.25 protocol, and laying the foundation for innovative new services. Nortel Networks is positioning us to achieve our goals by delivering the 'Carrier Grade' Network of tomorrow." Nortel Networks Corp.

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