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Corning's Optical Fiber Chosen for Pan-Emirates Network (posted 10/31/08)

October 31, 2008
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du will deploy Corning® SMF-28® ULL optical fiber as the foundation of its Pan-Emirates network.

Corning Inc. recently announced that du, the United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) new integrated telecommunications service provider, will deploy Corning® SMF-28® ULL optical fiber as the foundation of its Pan-Emirates high-capacity network. du is the first telecom operator in the Middle East to deploy this fiber. The new network will support du’s fast growing business, 3G cellular and fiber-to-the-home customers, with seamless high-speed connectivity. It will span the seven Emirates and link du’s network with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

SMF-28 ULL fiber can deliver the required bandwidth and offer the ability to upgrade to even higher data rates, such as 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) per channel and more, as customers demand new services. The construction of the network began in August and is expected to be completed by 2010. The cable will be provided by Corning Cable Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Inc.

“Innovation is at the heart of what we do and our mission is to build a high-capacity fiber cable that can generate terabits of traffic for du customers, and this will be state-of-the-art for long-haul network applications,” said Osman Sultan, chief executive officer of du. “Using Corning’s SMF-28 ULL fiber as the foundation of our network, we will be able to deliver seamless, high-data capacity over longer distances for customers with a superior level of security, reliability and upgradeability that sets a new standard for the region.”

“Long-haul, high-capacity networks like the Pan-Emirates network du is building require the ability to construct long spans while also supporting very high data rates,” said Martin J. Curran, senior vice president and general manager of Corning Optical Fiber. “Corning’s SMF-28 ULL fiber provides that unique solution. We are proud to be working with du as they deploy this innovative and advanced telecommunications network.”

For more information, visit www.corning.com or www.du.ae.

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