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Bay Networks Establishes European Manufacturing Operations

Limerick, Ireland Facility to Provide Pan-European Manufacturing
 and Distribution Capabilities


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay Networks, Inc. (NYSE: BAY) today enhanced its global stature and reinforced its commitment to the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) market by announcing that it is investing $10M dollars to establish a manufacturing and distribution facility in Limerick, Ireland. The manufacturing plant, located in the Plassey National Industrial Park, will produce networking equipment based on the requirements of EMEA customers while the distribution facility will supply the full Bay Networks product line. Together, the new manufacturing and distribution operations will solidify the company's already strong presence in the EMEA marketplace and allow Bay Networks to gain a competitive edge by taking advantage of the quality suppliers, skilled labor and competitive cost structures available in this environment.

"The demand for Bay Networks' products in the EMEA region has created a need for a local manufacturing and distribution presence. By placing customer fulfillment and manufacturing operations inside the region, we expect to provide more responsive service and shorter lead times to our distribution partners and, ultimately, to our customers," said Jeff Allen, senior vice president of operations.

The Limerick facility will initially be used for manufacturing of the BayStack(TM) family of stackable hubs.

Bay Networks currently has agreements with Norsk Data Systems, Ltd. and Irish Express Cargo, Ltd., both of Dublin, to deliver integrated logistics services, including return and repair services, to Bay Networks customers in the European Community. These relationships augment Bay Networks' service and support offerings, and enable customers to resolve hardware issues in a much more timely and efficient manner.

Welcoming Bay Networks to Ireland, Richard Bruton, Minister of Enterprise and Employment, commented that the "estimated expenditure on components and services... at full production will offer major opportunities for subsuppliers of sub-assemblies, printed circuit boards, metal fabrication, plastic components, power supplies and logistics and freight management."

This release, other than historical financial information, may consist of forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ in a material way from actual future events. For instance, factors which could cause results to differ from future events include rapid rates of technological change and intense competition, among others. Readers are also referred to the documents filed by the company with the S.E.C., specifically the last reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q which identify important risk factors for the company.

Bay Networks, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the internetworking market, providing a full line of products that serve enterprises, workgroups, small offices and mobile workers. The company offers LAN and ATM switches, hubs, routers, remote and Internet access solutions, and network management applications, all unified by the BaySIS(TM) architecture. With revenue of $2.1 billion over the past fiscal year, Bay Networks markets and supports its products around the world, providing 7x24 support coverage. Bay Networks' World Wide Web address is: http://www.baynetworks.com.

NOTE: All Bay Networks press releases are available on Bay web site at http://www.baynetworks.com or via CompuServe using GOBAYNET. Bay Networks' web site also provides information on the company's products and services, news and events, partner programs, and corporate contacts. Bay Networks is a registered trademark and BayStack and BaySIS are trademarks of Bay Networks, Inc. Other brand and product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders.

SOURCE Bay Networks, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Beth Morrissey, Public Relations of Bay Networks, 508-916-3624 or bmorriss@baynetworks.com/

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