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ADC Unveils LoopShield Enhanced Lightning Protection on HDSL2 and HDSL4 Modules.

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Virtually Eliminates Lightning-Related Maintenance Activities,

Improves Circuit Reliability, Reduces Costs Up To 33 Percent

ADC (Nasdaq:ADCT; unveiled today its new LoopShield(TM) Enhanced Lightning Protection (ELP) feature on HDSL2 and HDSL4 modules that allows these products to survive much higher energy surges than currently required by industry standards. By significantly improving the resistance to lightning surges, circuit reliability is improved and maintenance activities and costs are reduced by as much as 33 percent. The LoopShield Enhanced Lightning Protection cards will be displayed in ADC's booth (No. 11219) at SUPERCOMM 2003, June 3-5 in Atlanta.

Enhanced Lightning Protection is the first in a series of capabilities included in ADC's new LoopShield suite of enhancements for all its copper transport products: LoopStar(TM) 400 system, Soneplex(R) systems, HiGain(R) modules and the Wideband system 3190. Additional LoopShield capabilities will be introduced in Q3 and Q4 to help service providers improve service quality and reduce operating expense.

ADC's Enhanced Lightning Protection feature, available today, is designed to shunt the lightning surge current away from HDSL equipment, thereby preserving module integrity and allowing service to continue without blown fuses or damaged electronics. Although industry standard GR-1089 compliance does not require the HDSL circuitry to continue operating after a lightning surge, ADC's cards continue to operate well beyond the performance requirements of the industry standard.

In addition to providing improved reliability for copper-based HDSLx T1 services, the LoopShield enhanced products are especially well suited for long-reach applications and cell site installations. The products are currently in lab trials at a major ILEC.

"Lightning and line surges are significant contributors to HDSL circuit downtime which is one of the greatest reliability challenges service providers face today," said Mark McDonald, vice president of product management and marketing for ADC's Wireline Systems Business Unit. "ADC's Enhanced Lightning Protection feature provides a level of surge suppression well beyond that of legacy HDSLx systems which significantly reduces field failure rates and increases circuit performance and customer satisfaction."

LoopShield Enhanced Lightning Protection is the most recent addition to ADC's comprehensive portfolio of Wireline products for service providers and private networks. The portfolio also includes the LoopStar 400 system, the Universal Management Aggregator (UMA), Soneplex Loop Extender Systems and Broadband Systems, HiGain modules, and Wideband System 3190 as well as PG-FlexPlus micro-DLC and ADSL edge solutions. ADC also offers a complete line of indoor and outdoor enclosures and enterprise and network management solutions.

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