FLAG Telecom introduce Xtera Communications' Nu-Wave DWDM into the FLAG Atlantic-1 (FA-1) network

June 15, 2004

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LONDON -- FLAG Telecom, a leading provider of international wholesale network transport and communications services, today announced the successful introduction of Xtera Communications' Nu-Wave DWDM into the FLAG Atlantic-1 (FA-1) network. FA-1 is a multi-terabits/s city to city service linking New York, London and Paris and can carry either 200 simultaneous channels of digital video, 30 million clear voice channels or more than two trillion bits of IP or data traffic across the Atlantic every second.

When introduced in 2001, FA-1 was the first multi-terabit system across the Atlantic and incorporated the latest technology. Its enormous capacity was designed to drive down unit costs and remove financial barriers to new, bandwidth hungry applications. With the dramatic take-up of these services, FLAG needed to put in place additional capacity to meet the anticipated future needs of its customers. At the same time, since unit prices of capacity across the Atlantic have fallen dramatically over the past few years, any additional capacity needed to be put in place as cost-effectively as possible. FLAG's engineering team has therefore been looking at ways to optimise operational efficiency along every route in the company's global network, including the FA-1 system.

Peter Boland, VP Engineering, FLAG Telecom said: "We first started looking at the Nu-Wave technology in late 2002. We ordered the equipment in February 2004 and the system has now passed final acceptance testing and is operational in the London and Paris POPs and European landing stations. The installation went flawlessly and we are already seeing the benefits of a more efficient use of our network. Long term, we are anticipating significant operational improvements and even better reliability for our customers."

FLAG Telecom Group Ltd.

Xtera Communications Inc.

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