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Undersea Fibre Optic Network Directly Connects Barbados and St. Lucia to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands

MORRISTOWN, NJ - August 16, 2005 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a leading supplier of undersea fiber optic networks and marine services, today announced the signing of a multi-million dollar turnkey contract with Antilles Crossing International, for the construction of a state-of-the-art undersea fibre optic cable network called the Antilles Crossing Undersea Fiber Optic Cable System.  The 940Km system will have direct landings at Hamm’s Bay, St. Croix; Vigie Beach, St. Lucia; and Needham’s Point, Barbados.  In addition, the System will allow for future connectivity to Tortola via an underwater Branch Unit that will be deployed as part of the initial installation.

Under the terms of the contract, Tyco Telecommunications will supply all aspects of the project including network design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and testing.  Planned for completion in late 2005, the network is designed to satisfy the increasing demands for voice, data and Internet bandwidth and the accelerating use of broadband services in the Eastern Caribbean.

Existing undersea cable systems that service the Eastern Caribbean were deployed in the mid to late 1990s.  The technology used in these older systems is at least two generations behind the current state of the art.  As such, islands in the Antilles chain have been limited in the extent to which they can participate in any meaningful way in the bandwidth explosion occurring in the rest of the world. 

“Our ability to rapidly deliver a state of the art turnkey system solution enables Antilles Crossing International to provide their customers with the benefits of a high capacity network infrastructure, and directly facilitates international connectivity,” said Michael Rieger, vice president, Sales and Marketing, Tyco Telecommunications.  “When completed, this network will provide enough bandwidth to permit millions of simultaneous telephone calls as well as numerous other bandwidth intensive applications such as telemedicine, distance learning, etc. that cannot be serviced by the existing infrastructure.”

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. 

For more information visit www.tycotelecom.com


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