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Undersea Fiber Optic Network Directly Connects Karachi, Pakistan to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

MORRISTOWN, NJ - July 29, 2005 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a leading supplier of undersea fiber optic networks and marine services, announced today the beginning of construction as part of a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Transworld Associates (Pvt.), Ltd. (TWA), a joint venture between Orascom Telecom of Egypt and Saif Group of Pakistan, for the TWA-1 undersea fiber optic cable network.   With direct cable landings in Karachi, Pakistan and Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates (under a landing party agreement with Emirates Telecommunication Corporation ‘Etisalat’), the TWA-1 Network is being developed by TWA under license from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority.

Under the terms of the contract, Tyco Telecommunications will supply the network including network design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and testing.  Construction is underway on the high-capacity, next generation Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) undersea fiber optic cable system, which is more than 1,200 km in length and capable of carrying up to 1.28 Tb/s of transmission capacity when fully upgraded.   Planned for initial service in the second half of 2005, the TWA-1 Network is designed to satisfy the increasing demands for voice, data and Internet bandwidth and the accelerating use of broadband services in Pakistan and the Gulf region.

“TWA embarked on this project with a vision of bringing high-speed communications technology to Pakistan,” stated Kamran Malik, chief operating officer for Transworld Associates (Pvt.), Ltd.  “By leveraging the experience, expertise and leading-edge technology of Tyco Telecommunications, we have obtained a turnkey undersea system solution that enables us to achieve our project objectives.  Upon completion of the project, businesses and consumers in Pakistan will be able to take advantage of the leading edge of voice, data and Internet technologies.”

“Our ability to rapidly deliver a turnkey solution enables TWA to provide their customers with the benefits of a high capacity network infrastructure and directly facilitates international connectivity,” said Michael Rieger, vice president of Sales and Marketing at Tyco Telecommunications.  “The Gulf region presents significant opportunities for the development of critical network infrastructure, and Tyco Telecommunications is committed to developing innovative solutions to support the unique needs of regional project developers like TWA.”

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, is the industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services.  Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission.  Based in Morristown, NJ, Tyco Telecommunications is dedicated to providing organizations around the world with total solutions and support for undersea optical systems. 
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About TWA
Transworld Associates Private Limited (TWA) is a joint venture between the Saif Group of Pakistan and Orascom Telecom of Egypt. TWA is developing undersea fiber optic cable systems connecting Pakistan to the major international telecom hubs. TWA business strategy is structured around offering quality, tailor made end to end international bandwidth solutions to customers in Pakistan. TWA1 is the first private sector undersea cable system in Pakistan and once completed in November 2005 it will offer the much needed high value international bandwidth services to the recently deregulated and rapidly developing telecom and IT sectors of Pakistan

About Saif Group

Saif Group is a diversified industrial and services conglomerate operating businesses in telecommunication services and products, information technology and software development, textile manufacturing, cement production and associated power generation services, food processing and packaging, security services and trade and consulting services.

About Orascom Telecom
Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. is a leading mobile telecommunications company operating in nine emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, having a total population under license of approximately 520 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 6%. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria (“Djezzy”), Egypt (“MobiNil”), Pakistan (“Mobilink”), Iraq (“IraQna”), Bangladesh (“Banglalink”), Tunisia (“Tunisiana”), Congo Brazzaville (“Libertis”), Democratic Republic of Congo (“Oasis”) and Zimbabwe (“Telecel Zimbabwe”). Orascom Telecom had 14.5 million subscribers as of December 2004.

Victoria Dillon
Tyco Telecommunications
(978) 442-5304

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