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Global Marine, OCC and NEC Announce Strategic Alliance To Deliver Integrated Submarine Cable Networks

March 8, 2001

Chelmsford and Tokyo, 8th March 2001 - NEC Corporation (NEC), Global Marine Systems Ltd.(Global Marine) and OCC Corporation (OCC) today announced a strategic alliance to deliver integrated submarine cable networks. Combining their respective expertise in the development and the turnkey implementation of submarine cable networks, the three companies will capitalize on their strengths to develop high quality, speed-to-market and cost-efficient submarine network infrastructure.

NEC, a leading turnkey system supplier and manufacturer of submarine telecommunication systems, and Global Marine, the world leader in marine installation and operation, and OCC, a provider of the most high-quality submarine cable, will collaborate to bring fully integrated network offers to their global customers. With this agreement, NEC, Global Marine and OCC are executing their shared vision to provide integrated networking solutions available from the companies.

The scope of this strategic alliance includes the following arrangements:

Global Marine is the world's leading provider of marine installation and maintenance to the telecommunication sectors, which owns and operates the world's largest, most advanced fleet of cable ships and submarine vehicles. Mike Downie, Chief Executive of Global Marine, said: "This agreement builds on our existing strong relationship with NEC. We believe that bringing together the resources of our three specialist companies will enable us to provide an integrated option to the customer seeking it."

Kentaro Oka, Vice President - International Sales Unit of NEC Corporation stated, " We are delighted to have entered into an alliance with Global Marine and OCC, a leading submarine service and cable provider. The three companies share a common vision to be the leading provider of global submarine cable networking solutions. The combination of our proven expertise in meeting the needs of the industry clearly signals our leadership in providing integrated telecommunications networks. We believe that the partnership will elevate our position in the telecommunications value chain."

Kiyoshi Funaki, President of OCC Corporation, said, "We are pleased that three of the world's leading companies providing key elements of submarine cable system supply are to become more aligned. We recognise that it is vital to meet customer requirements for total network solutions. By working together, we will be able to fully meet our customers total solution needs for international telecommunications networks. This will be of great value not only to OCC but also to all our global customers."

The total market for integrated submarine networking solutions is estimated at over US$10 billion and 200,000km per annum for at least the next three years, according to the industry analyst firm T Soja & Associates, Inc."

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) (TYSE: 6701) is a leading provider of Internet solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its customers in the key computer, network and electron device fields through its three market-focused in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks and NEC Electron Devices. In the networking field, NEC builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. NEC 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 year 2000 NEC was awarded the supply contract for APCN2, AJC and EAC, of which amount exceeds US$ 1.6 billion, and its market share is around 30%. For more information about NEC, go to

About Global Marine Systems Limited

Global Marine Systems Limited is the world's leading provider of subsea cable installation and maintenance services to the telecommunications sector. It owns and operates the world's largest, most advanced fleet of cable ships and subsea vehicles.

Global Marine employs more than 1700 people worldwide, with two thirds of them based at sea. Its head office is in Chelmsford, in the UK, with regional offices in: Singapore, covering South Ease Asia and the Pacific Rim: Florida, covering North and South America; and London, covering Europe.

The company provides a comprehensive range of associated services, including route engineering, charting services, fishery liaison, shallow water services and specialised training for cable jointers at Global Marine's training schools in Singapore and the UK.

For more information about Global Marine, go to

About OCC Corporation

OCC has been supplying submarine telecommunication cables for more than 35 years to global customers since coaxial cables were used. In the optical fiber communication era, it has supplied major submarine cable projects primarily in Asia Pacific Region, which include TPC-3, TPC-4, TPC-5, APC, APCN, FLAG, China-US, Japan-US, PC-1, TAT-14, EAC and APCN2. To address the world's growing demand, OCC is expanding the manufacturing capacity of their Kita-Kyushu Plant to 50,000km per annum, and by taking advantage of the strategic alliance the company plans to further expand its capacity and to make inroads into other new markets. For more information about OCC, go to

About Projects

TPC-3 Trans Pacific Cable-3, linking Japan and US. The route length is 13400km and the system capacity is 280Mbit/s.
TPC-4 Trans Pacific Cable-4, linking Japan and US. The route length is 9800km and the system is 560Mbi/s.
TPC-5 Trans Pacific Cable-5, linking Japan and US. The route length is 22500km and the system is 5Gbit/s.
APC Asia Pacific Cable, linking Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hon Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. The route length is 7500km and the system is 560Mbit/s.
APCN Asia Pacific Cable Network, linking Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong Philippines, Malaysia Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. The route length is 12000 km and the system is 5Gbit/s.
FLAG Fiberoptic Link Around the Globe, linking Japan, Northeast-Southeast-Southwest Asia, Middle East, Mediterranean and North Europe. The route length is 27000km and the system is 5Gbit/s.
China-US China-US Cable Network linking Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, and US. The route length is 31000km and the system is 2.5Gbit/s x 8ch.
PC-1 Pacific Crossing-1, linking Japan and US. The route length is 20000km and the system is 10Gbit/s x 4ch.
TAT-14 Trans Atlantic Cable-14, linking Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, France, UK and US. The route length is 15000km and the system is 10Gbit/s x 16ch.
Japan-US Japan-US Cable Network, linking Japan and US. The route length is 21000km and the system is 2.5Gbit/s x 16ch/10Gbit/s x 16ch.
EAC East Asia Crossing, linking Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. The route length is 18700 km and the system is 10Gbit/s x 64ch.
APCN2 Asia Pacific Cable Network-2, linking Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore. The route length is 19000 km and the system is 10Gbit/s x 64ch.

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