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Tyco Telecommunications Supports SMW3 Consortium in Third Boost of SMW3 Capacity

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - August 7, 2006 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, announced today it has been selected by SMW3 Consortium to implement the third upgrade to segment S6 of the SMW3 network as part of a global system upgrade. The network, which Tyco Telecommunications constructed for the consortium in 1999, is connecting Djibouti, Jeddah and Suez.

“The second upgrade was completed 6 months ago, which demonstrates the growth of the telecommunications market between Asia and Europe,” stated Alain Paul LECLERC, Axiom CEO, acting as chairman of SMW3 Procurement Group. “Tyco Telecommunications’ intimate knowledge of the system and technological leadership was integral to identifying the strongest partner to complete the third, and most powerful, upgrade to the system. Based on mutual understanding and constructive relations, we have expedited the contract quickly and will begin implementation immediately.”

The upgrade will provide 20 Gb/s of new capacity for the express path and 40 Gbps for the local path, totaling a respective 95 and 72.5 Gbps connectivity on the entire system.  Tyco Telecommunications’ G3 SLTE technology will maximize the bandwidth of the system’s wavelength design, increasing capacity and speed between both the major traffic and local intermediate points.

“We are pleased to strengthen our existing relationship with the SMW3 Consortium,” explained Bill Marra, vice president and general manager of Tyco Telecommunications. “The request for additional capacity on the SMW3 network so shortly after its previous upgrade demonstrates the growth potential in this market and the impeccable service provided by SMW3 owners. The unique design of this system optimization demonstrates Tyco Telecommunications’ ability to provide the most advanced technologies to facilitate creative solutions.”
About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.

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. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.

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