Eastern Railway awards TCIL contract for a GSM-R wireless network using Nortel equipment

October 4, 2004

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MUMBAI, India -- Eastern Railway, one of India's major railways, has issued a formal 'Letter of Award' to Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) selecting Nortel Networks (NYSE:NT)(TSX:NT) as the sole provider of a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) digital wireless network.

TCIL, a Government of India enterprise, is working with Nortel Networks through public tender to deliver the network to help reduce railway operational costs, improve railway safety and deliver new services for passengers and employees.

Under terms of the Letter of Award, TCIL will deploy a communications network based on Nortel Networks GSM-R technology for the 261-kilometer, 24-station rail line running between Eastern Railway divisional headquarters in Howrah (West Bengal's second largest city) and Pradhankunta. The new communications network is scheduled for completion within 12 months.

"We are looking forward to offering advanced telecommunications services to India's railway network," said G. D. Gaiha, chairman and managing director, TCIL. "With Nortel Networks long history in the development of GSM-R technology, we are confident that the new network will enhance Indian Railways network quality, improve the end-user experience and reduce overall cost of operations. TCIL is poised to complete this project in record time."

Nortel Networks Ltd.

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