KPNQwest Turns Up High Capacity Services On Its Nordic Ring

 Using Sycamore Networks' SN 10000 
Ultra Long Haul Transport Platform  
Business/Technology Editors  
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 26, 2001--  
SN 10000 used to offer up to 160 OC-192/STM-64 waves along key 
 route unmatched in terms of service creation and scalability within  
KPNQwest's Nordic Ring  
Sycamore Networks (NASDAQ: SCMR), a leader in intelligent optical 
networking, today announced that KPNQwest, the leading Pan-European 
Internet data communications and hosting company, successfully turned 
up services on a key route in the company's Nordic ring with 
Sycamore's SN 10000 high-capacity transport platform. KPNQwest 
recently signed an agreement to supply NORDUnet, the Nordic, Central 
and Eastern European research network, with a mixed solution of IP 
Transit and Managed Broadband Services from the capacity created from 
the recently completed Nordic Ring.  
"KPNQwest's Nordic Ring network was constructed and lit on time 
and on budget delivering macro-capacity bandwidth to users within 
Europe or between continents where access to available high-speed 
bandwidth is quickly becoming the driver for success," said Ray Walsh, 
senior vice president and CIO of KPNQwest. "Sycamore was able to 
deliver a unique high-capacity transport platform quickly, which in 
turn enabled us to move quickly from concept through deployment to the 
delivery of new services."  
KPNQwest's 4,500 km Nordic Ring is a self-healing OC-192/STM-64 
fiber-optic ring that when fully lit will provide up to 100 Terabit/s 
of capacity across six Nordic cities with seamless connectivity to an 
additional 44 cities on the KPNQwest EuroRings and 150 cities on the 
Qwest North American fiber-optic network. The span will be used to 
offer up to 1.6 Terabit/s of capacity between two of the region's 
largest cities. With the installation of the SN 10000 into the Nordic 
Ring, KPNQwest is able to set new standards for service creation and 
scalability in terms of delivering high-speed IP services along the 
route.  
"KPNQwest continues to demonstrate industry leadership and the 
ability to rapidly integrate innovative technology to quickly turn 
underlying capacity into usable bandwidth," said Eric Swanson, vice 
president and general manager of Sycamore's Transport Business Unit 
and co-founder of Sycamore Networks. "With the SN 10000, KPNQwest can 
now offer their customers services delivered by a resilient network 
infrastructure that can easily scale as their customers' needs 
dictate."  
By deploying the SN 10000 and leveraging its ability to deliver 
high capacity routes that span up to 4000 kilometers without the need 
for electrical regeneration, KPNQwest was able to build an innovative 
and more cost-effective network infrastructure rather would be 
possible with alternative technologies. With this segment now 
operational, KPNQwest will provide its full range of wholesale and 
retail connectivity, networking and hosting services across the Nordic 
Ring, including its market leading IP VPN and IP Voice networking 
solutions for business.  
Sycamore Networks' intelligent transport platforms allow service 
providers to reduce the capital and operation costs associated with 
deploying long-haul and ultra long-haul network routes by eliminating 
network elements and streamlining the deployment of new services. The 
SN 10000 platform offers a wide range of service interfaces, ranging 
from Gigabit Ethernet through STM-64c/OC-192c and has been architected 
to facilitate an upgrade to STM-256/OC-768 so that carriers can meet 
future customer requirements.  
About KPNQwest  
KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, 
pan-European provider of data-centric services based on Internet 
Protocol (IP). It is deploying a technologically advanced 20,000km 
fibre-optic network connecting 50 cities throughout Europe and 
provides a full portfolio of data-centric IP-based services and other 
advanced telecommunications services. KPNQwest is one of the largest 
business ISPs in Europe with operations in 15 countries. KPNQwest has 
thirteen CyberCenters and three regional mega-CyberCentres in 
operation on its high-capacity fibre-optic network to provide 
web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services. Website: 
www.kpnqwest.com  
About Sycamore Networks  
Sycamore Networks (NASDAQ: SCMR) develops and markets intelligent 
optical networking products that transport voice and data traffic over 
wavelengths of light. The Company combines significant experience in 
data networking with expertise in optics to develop intelligent 
optical networking solutions for network service providers. Sycamore's 
products are based on a common software foundation, enabling 
concentration on the delivery of services and end-to-end optical 
networking. Sycamore's products and product plans include optical 
transport, access and switching systems and end-to-end optical network 
management solutions. Contact Sycamore Networks at 
www.sycamorenet.com.  
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