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MAIDENHEAD, UK--Nortel (Northern Telecom) has signed a
contract to supply a new generation of ATM (Asynchronous
Transfer Mode) switches to Global One, the world-wide joint
venture of Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom and Sprint. The
value of the contract has not been disclosed. Global One
will be deploying a range of Nortel Products including
Magellan Passport switches, Vector ATM switches and Magellan
network and management tools. Jean Arnould, President,
Global Operations at Global One, said: "We carried out
extensive technical tests on the products from a number of
vendors before choosing Nortel.

We were impressed with their leading-edge products which
have already proved themselves in large global networks."
Ian Craig, president, Broadband Networks, Nortel, said:
"Nortel has worked with Global One and its shareholders -
France Telecom, Deutsche Telecom and Sprint - for a number
of years providing ATM and Frame Relay network solutions. It
is very exciting to be among the major suppliers to Global
One, one of the few players that can really claim to be a
global supercarrier."

Global One offers a single source for the solution of voice
and data needs of businesses, carriers and consumers around
the world. Global One has more than 3,500 employees and over
1,400 points of presence in more than 65 countries. Nortel
works with customers worldwide to design, build, and
integrate digital networks for information, entertainment,
education, and business, offering one of the broadest
choices of network solutions in the industry. Nortel had
1996 revenues of $US 12.8 billion and has approximately
70,000 employees worldwide.

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