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NEC signed Supply Contract for Australia - Japan Cable System

July 3, 2000

NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) announced today that it has signed a Supply Contract for a submarine cable system between Australia and Japan, a system that, when completed in 3Q 2001, will connect Australia and Japan with designed bandwidth capacity of 640 gigabits per second. The contract value for the system amounts to around 350 million US dollars.

This system stretches to 12,000km and will have landing points in Australia (Oxford Falls and Paddington), Guam (Tanguisson and Tumon Bay) and Japan (Shima and Maruyama). The ultimate capacity is designed to be 640Gbit/s, using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplex (DWDM) technology, which is equivalent to about 7,680,000 telephone lines - more than 500 times capacity than currently available from the East Coast of Australia to Japan.

Recently, a number of submarine cable systems in different parts of the world, with huge capacity are being planned to meet increasing traffic demand. Among these systems, the Australia- Japan Cable is also expected to address exponential growth in demand being fuelled by increasing usage of data and the Internet in the Asia-Pacific region. Upon completion, this system will play an important role, interconnecting with other submarine cables in the region to provide available bandwidth between Australia, North Asia and across the so-called 'Northern Global Highway' to North America.

NEC Corporation has been supplying submarine cable systems for more than 25 years. In particular, it has been involved in the installation of most cable systems constructed in the ASEAN region. In the Atlantic and Pacific region, the company has installed several trans-ocean submarine cables with self-healing restoration technology, and NEC was involved in the construction of such huge networks as the China - US and Japan - US Cable systems. In addition, last April NEC has signed the supply contract for APCN2 linking most South East Asian countries, which amounts to around US$ 800M. Recent awards for both APCN2 and AJC amount to more than US$ 1.1 billion.

Supplemental Information

Australia-Japan Cable (AJC)

Design capacity 640 Gb/s. Overall length 12,000 km. Apart from Telstra, MCI Worldcom, Japan Telecom, NTT Communications, Teleglobe Canada, Concert are the shoreholders to Australia-Japan Cable. The Australia-Japan cable will connect Australia directly with Japan via Guam and, via connecting cable systems, into Asia (SEA-ME-WE 3 and APCN), USA (China-US and Japan-US) and Europe (via mainland USA). Scheduled in service, 3Q 2001.

China - US

Design capacity 80 Gb/s. Overall length 27,000 km. Apart from Telstra, other principal consortium members include AT&T (USA), China Telecom, HKTI (Hong Kong), ITDC (Taiwan), Japan Telecom, KDD (Japan), Korea Telecom, MCII (USA), NTT Com(Japan), SBCI (USA), Singapore Telecom, Sprint (USA), Star (USA), Teleglobe (Canada) and Telekom Malaysia. China - US cable connects China, Korea, Japan, USA, Guam, Taiwan and, via connecting cable systems, into Asia (via SEA-ME-WE 3 and APCN) and Europe (via mainland USA). In service, January 2000.

Japan - US

Design capacity is upgradable to 640 Gb/s. Overall length 21,000 km. Principal consortium members include AT&T (USA), BT (UK), C&W (UK), Japan Telecom, KDD (Japan), Level 3 (USA), NTT Com(Japan), PGE (USA), PSINet (USA), QWest (USA), SBCI (USA), Sprint (USA) and Worldcom (USA). Japan - US cable will connect USA, Hawaii, Japan and, via connecting cable systems, into Asia (via SEA-ME-WE 3 and APCN) and Europe (via mainland USA). Scheduled in service, mid-2000.


Design capacity 2.5 Tb/s (1 Terrabit = 1000 Gigabits). Overall length approx. 7000 km x 2 (ring system). Apart from Telstra, other principal consortium members include China Telecom, CHT (Taiwan), C&W HKTI (Hong Kong), Japan Telecom, KDD (Japan), Korea Telecom, NTT Com (Japan), Singapore Telecom, Telekom Malaysia, AT&T, MCI-WorldCom, Teleglobe (Canada), C&W Global Networks, Global One, StarHub (Singapore), One Link Communications and PLDT (Philippines).
APCN2 will connect Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and, via connecting cable systems, to Europe (SEA-ME-WE 3) and across the Pacific Ocean (via China-US and Japan-US). Scheduled in service, 2002.

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