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Tele2 Selects Tellabs Platform to Integrate High-Speed Data

                         Services Into
                               Existing Network

LONDON, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Tele 2 Sverige AB, the leading Swedish alternate telecommunications service provider, has chosen the next-generation synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) platform from Tellabs to expand its Internet and intranet services for enterprise customers. Offering Ethernet capabilities integrated into Tellabs' proven SDH solution, the Tellabs(R) 6300 managed transport series will enable Tele2 to reduce costs, quickly connect customers to Fast Ethernet and deliver high-speed data and voice services.

Tele2 is using the new Tellabs(R) 6350 switch node, a digital cross-connect with market-leading density, and the Tellabs(R) 6310 edge node for access and customer premise applications. Tellabs will also provide Tele2 with service support and customized training to enable rapid deployment and help speed Tele2's time-to-revenue.

"According to several analyst firms, Tellabs is leading the way in providing next-generation SDH solutions that enable service providers to implement high-speed Ethernet services over their SDH network," said Anders Gustafsson, president of Tellabs International. "This is the most cost-efficient way to migrate an existing SDH network into a truly converged network for transport of voice and data on the same infrastructure, which will highly benefit our customers."

The Tellabs 6300 managed transport series is the next generation of Tellabs' carrier-class SDH platform. The series enables network operators to leverage their existing SDH investments and open up new revenue streams by integrating optical Ethernet services into their installed base of SDH transport equipment. The modular units feature an extremely small footprint combined with high functional density.

Three products have been recently introduced into the next-generation Tellabs 6300 series and are currently available:

    -- The Tellabs(R) 6340 switch node, which is among the first products in
       the industry to offer Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), a standardized
       method of transporting Ethernet using SDH, enabling interoperability
       among equipment.  It is a multi-service provisioning platform (MSPP)
       that leverages an existing infrastructure to transport and deliver
       voice, high-speed data and video-on-demand services.
    -- The Tellabs 6310 edge node, which is a small and easy to use add/drop
       multiplexer with multiple applications for access and customer
       premises.  These applications include 2 Megabits per second (Mbit/s),
       34/45 Mbit/s, Fast Ethernet and ATM services.
    -- The scalable and high-density Tellabs 6350 switch node, which is a
       digital cross-connect with market-leading density that handles voice,
       leased line and value-added data services.  It enables network
       operators to generate new revenue streams and lower operating costs.

All of the Tellabs 6300 managed transport system elements are monitored and managed end-to-end from a single network management platform.

Tele2 AB, formed in 1993, is the leading alternative pan-European telecommunications company offering fixed and mobile telephony, data network and Internet services under the brands Tele2, Tango and Comviq to 16.8 million people in 22 countries. Tele2 operates Datametrix, which specializes in systems integration, 3C Communications, providing integrated credit card processing, web payment solutions and public payphones; Transac, providing billing and transaction processing service; C3, offering co-branded pre-paid calling cards and Optimal Telecom, the price-guaranteed residential router device. The Group offers cable television and together with MTG owns the Internet portal The Company is listed on the Stockholmsborsen, under TEL2A and TEL2B, and on the Nasdaq Stock Market under TLTOA and TLTOB ( ).

Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) provides innovative bandwidth management solutions to help carriers around the world move communications traffic most efficiently and effectively. The world communicates through Tellabs(TM) -- most telephone calls and Internet sessions in the United States and many other countries flow through the company's equipment. Tellabs employee-owners develop and deploy solutions that provide aggregation, grooming and business services in metro/regional networks in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit .

Tellabs and Tellabs logo are registered trademarks in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names and products mentioned herein may be the property of their respective companies.

SOURCE Tellabs

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/CONTACT: George Stenitzer of Tellabs, +1-630-798-3800, /

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CO: Tellabs; Tele2 AB ST: Illinois, Sweden, England IN: CPR TLS NET SU: CON LIC

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