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NORTHERN TELECOM SIGNS US$53 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE BEIJING TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADMINISTRATION FOR DMS SUPERNODE SWITCHING EQUIPMENT

 HONG KONG, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Telecom today announced the signing of a US$53 million contract in Beijing with the Beijing Telecommunications Administration (BTA) to supply DMS central office switching systems to the capital of the People's Republic of China.
 In recent months, Northern Telecom has announced several other contract awards and initiatives in China, including:
 -- a US$102 million contract for DMS switching systems to the city of Chongqing and the provinces of Hebei and Jilin;
 -- a US$6.5 million contract to install data networking equipment in five provinces (Anhui, Fjian, Jilin, Liaoning and Shangdong);
 -- a US$3.1 million contract to supply the Beijing Local Telephone Bureau with Meridian PBX (private branch exchange) systems;
 -- a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China's State Planning Commission (SPC), covering manufacturing, research and development, technical and training projects, including a joint venture for the development, manufacturing, engineering and service of DMS-100 SuperNode switching systems.
 Specifically, the contract announced today in Beijing calls for the installation of Northern Telecom's advanced large capacity DMS SuperNode switching systems including local switching systems (DMS-100) and Signaling Transfer Points (DMS-STP's). These systems, which will be manufactured in Canada and the United States, will add over 340,000 lines to the Beijing network to meet the significant growth demands from Beijing's government, business and residential customers. A number of the systems will provide 40,000 lines each, which will be among the largest in the Beijing network.
 Northern Telecom's DMS SuperNode-based Signaling Transfer Points will deliver the message handling capability, reliability, flexibility and capacity essential to the Chinese Common Channel Number 7 (CCS7) based Beijing telecommunications network. These systems can be the foundation for the future introduction of Intelligent Network and ISDN based services in Beijing.
 The installation of DMS SuperNode systems in Beijing is due to begin later this year. All 340,000 lines will be installed by early 1995. The new STP's will be in service by the autumn of 1994.
 "We are pleased that the Beijing Telecommunications Administration has selected Northern Telecom's DMS-SuperNode based switching systems and DMS-STP's to expand their communications network. We believe that this reflects BTA's confidence in the performance, quality and capabilities of DMS systems for different applications in the Beijing network. Over 60 million lines of our DMS family of systems have been installed or are on order around the world. We look forward to supporting China and Beijing with their needs," said James R. Long, executive vice president-international, Northern Telecom Limited (NYSE: NT).
 Northern Telecom currently has over 2 million DMS lines installed and on order in China. In 1992 the company was the largest producer of digital PBX's in China through a joint venture manufacturing operation, Tong-Guang Nortel, in Shekou, Shenzhen.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Koppel of Northern Telecom Asia/Pacific, 813-5420-3363, or Kathleen Franklin of Northern Telecom Limited, 703-712-8535/
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