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Vessel Supply contract with ACMA extended through 2008

MORRISTOWN, NJ - September 26, 2005 --

Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc. (TCSC), a subsidiary of Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. and a premier undersea cable and marine services ship operator, announced the signing of a two-year contract extension with the 48 member companies that comprise the consortium of the Atlantic Cable Maintenance and Repair Agreement (ACMA).  To ensure immediate response to the maintenance needs of ACMA members, TCSC supplies its Reliance Class cable ships equipped with either a Nereus or ST-200 class ROV, which are strategically based for optimum response time at the Tyco Telecommunications cable storage depots in Baltimore, Maryland; Montevideo, Uruguay and Curacao, NA This contract extension adds two years to the contract with TCSC.  Under its terms, TCSC utilizes three of the industry’s most advanced cable ships and ROVs for the maintenance and repair of ACMA member submarine cables in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans. 

“TCSC is a first class maintenance provider that has demonstrated a firm commitment to both immediate response and to ensuring that any repairs or maintenance are done correctly the first time,” said William F. Kolb, chairman of the ACMA.  "TCSC's commitment to excellence was key in our decision to extend this contract."

“Because we bring to ACMA the industry’s most capable vessels and ROVs, combined with the additional support services of our R & D facilities, all ACMA members can in turn provide their customers with reliable high capacity networks,” said Frank Cuccio, managing director, Tyco Telecommunications.  “We are proud that TCSC, with our proven commitment to excellence, remains the cornerstone of the undersea telecommunications marine services industry.”

About the Atlantic Cable Maintenance and Repair Agreement
The Atlantic Cable Maintenance and Repair Agreement (ACMA 2004) is a cooperative non-profit arrangement consisting of 48 telecommunications companies on all the continents that border the Atlantic Ocean. It provides for at-sea maintenance services for the vast majority of more than 150,000 Km of underwater telecom cables crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and parts of the west coast of South America.  ACMA 2004 offers a full range of high quality service solutions including advanced vessels, certified jointers, ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), and depot facilities for cable and plant.

About Transoceanic Cable Ship Company
Transoceanic Cable Ship Company, Inc. (TCSC), a business unit of Tyco Telecommunications, operates one of the most advanced cable ship fleets in the industry and is a highly recognized brand name for world class cable vessels and professional cable ship Mariners.  The company’s history spans 45 years and began with the commissioning of the C.S. Long Lines and her historic legacy in the submarine cable industry.  TCSC   supports Tyco Telecommunications’ undersea cable installation and maintenance activities with extensive experience in laying more than 350,000 km of undersea cables. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, where all fleet support operations are conducted.

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., 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

Contacts:
Victoria Dillon
Tyco Telecommunications
(978) 442-5304
dillonv@tycoelectronics.com


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