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Tyco Telecommunications launches new Marine Maintenance service for system owners in the Asia Pacific region. The EAC contract covers maintenance and essential repair for Asia Netcom’s network touching Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea.

MORRISTOWN, NJ - October 12, 2005 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a leading supplier of marine maintenance services to the global telecommunications industry, today introduced its SEAHORSE Asia Pacific marine maintenance service. At the same time, the company announced the award by Asia Netcom of a long-term maintenance contract for the entire EAC cable system.

Following a comprehensive evaluation, Asia Netcom has awarded Tyco Telecommunications a long-term contract for the marine maintenance of its entire EAC cable system spanning 19,500km. Under the terms of this contract, Tyco Telecommunications will use its new SEAHORSE Asia Pacific service, a two cableship service featuring highly reliable Reliance Class vessels and providing the most modern cableship technology available anywhere in the industry.

By making this significant commitment in one of the most demanding regions for cable maintenance services, Tyco Telecommunications is able to deliver specifically designed marine maintenance services to cable owners in the Asia Pacific region covering the Eastern Pacific from Java and New Guinea to northern Japan. SEAHORSE Asia Pacific is unique in its ability to address the particular demands of the Asia-Pacific region. SEAHORSE Asia Pacific service joins Tyco Telecommunication’s portfolio of other regionally focused marine maintenance solutions around the world and consolidates its position as a world leading marine services provider.

“Asia Netcom is pleased to take part as a launch customer for Tyco Telecommunication’s SEAHORSE Asia Pacific and look forward to the innovative solutions that they are offering as part of our marine maintenance program,” said Wilfred Kwan, Asia Netcom’s SVP and chief technology officer.  “After a long assessment process, Asia Netcom chose Tyco Telecommunications based on their world class SLAs, cost-effectiveness and their flexibility in accommodating our specific requirements.”

“We are delighted that Asia Netcom has selected Tyco Telecommunications as their marine maintenance service provider through the deployment of this two cableship service,” said Frank Cuccio, vice president, Tyco Telecommunications. “We are committed to providing industry leading service supported by performance guarantees, and to expanding our presence in this key region. The launch of SEAHORSE Asia Pacific clearly demonstrates Tyco Telecommunication’s customer focused flexible solutions.”

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

About Asia Netcom
Winner of Frost & Sullivan’s ‘2005 Data Communications Service Provider of the Year’award, Asia Netcom is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Netcom (NYSE:CN, SEHK: 0906).  The company operates an extensive telecommunications network infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region, including a privately-owned subsea cable system, EAC, as well as extensive terrestrial backhauls and telehouses in all key Asian markets. Leveraging these strategic assets, Asia Netcom provides a comprehensive portfolio of city-to-city connectivity, data communications and IP-based solutions and services to enterprise, ISP and carrier customers in the Asia Pacific region. The company is headquartered in Hong Kong with local offices in all major Asian markets, the US and Europe. For more information, please visit our Website at: www.asianetcom.com

Contacts:
Victoria Dillon     
Tyco Telecommunications   
1 978 442-5304

Lorain Wong
Asia Netcom
852 2121 2973


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