Nortel Wins GSM-R Deal 601785

Renfe selects Nortel to build a GSM for Railways network for Spain's public rail lines in Bilbao and Santander

April 22, 2004

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MADRID, Spain -- Renfe (Entidad Publica Empresarial Red Nacional de los Ferrocarriles Espanoles) has selected Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) to build a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) wireless communications network for Spain's public rail lines in Bilbao and Santander.

Nortel Networks will provide an integrated GSM-R digital radio access network to upgrade current analogue voice systems. The new mobile network will comply with rail industry-specific EIRENE standards. It will provide for more efficient use of rail resources by positioning Renfe to operate more trains simultaneously, increase train speeds and reduce delays.

"Renfe operates one of the largest and most sophisticated rail lines in Europe, and we are very pleased to join them as a new provider of GSM-R network equipment," said Jordi Casamitjana, vice president and managing director, Iberia, Nortel Networks. "Our GSM-R solution increases network reliability and performance, which can help Renfe build even stronger customer loyalty while streamlining its communications network to reduce operating costs."

"This is an important win for us," said Vivian Hudson, president and general manager, GSM-R, Nortel Networks. "It increases our GSM-R market presence to seven countries. With more than 10 years experience in GSM-R, Nortel Networks technology covers more kilometers of railway than any other vendor."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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