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NEC Wins Capacity Upgrade Contract for APCN2 Submarine Cable System

January 16, 2006

NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) today announced that it has signed a capacity upgrade contract with major telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region. The multi-million dollar contract consists of the provision of a comprehensive set of equipment and services including commissioning and integration on a full turnkey basis. The system will serve as the broadband backbone network in the Asia Pacific region on its completion in the fourth quarter of 2006. .

The existing APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2), with its cable length over 19,000km, connects 10 landing stations in the Asia Pacific region, which was originally supplied by NEC in 2001. Current capacity of the APCN2 is 160Gbps and it is to be expanded up to 280Gbps.

Upon its completion, the upgraded system will play an important role in providing a huge capacity communication route covering the Asia Pacific region, and it will relay the communication traffic to other countries across the globe, offering higher quality and a broader route selection for internet business.

In the last one year, NEC has signed three separate supply contracts for the construction of new submarine cable systems (Indonesia Jasuka project, EAC1 Qingdao Extension project and India - Sri Lanka project). In addition to the new construction contracts, NEC has also been awarded capacity upgrade contracts for the existing submarine cable systems including domestic cables in Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.

"We are honoured that the APCN2 Purchasers have again selected us as their capacity upgrade supplier. This is certainly a reflection of our comprehensive project implementation capability and highly advanced DWDM technologies for broadband telecommunication, proven by our past submarine cable projects, including the original APCN2 construction. NEC will continue to aim to win other projects for the upgrading and new construction of submarine cable systems", said Mr. Osamu Harada, General Manager at NEC Corporation.

Supplemental Information

APCN2 Stage 1 Upgrade

Upgraded Capacity: 120Gpbs
Ready for Service: 4Q 2006
Route Map:

Route Map:

Background Information

NEC Corporation has been supplying submarine cable systems for more than 30 years. In particular, it has been involved in the installation of most cable systems constructed in Asia and the Asia Pacific region. This includes involvement in the construction of huge networks such as 19,000km APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network - 2), 11,000km AJC (Australia-Japan Cable), 7,800km EAC2 (East Asia Crossing 2), 1,000km TIS (Thailand-Indonesia-Singapore), 2,500km AUFS-West (Alaska United Fiber System-West), 160km DMCS (Dumai-Melaka), 1,080km JASUKA (Indonesia Domestic), 350km EAC1 Qingdao Landing Extension, and 320km India ? Sri Lanka Cable System.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of 4,855 billion yen (approx. $45 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2005. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:

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