Tyco International Ltd. - Lead Supplier in US$310 Million Americas II Supply Contract

Mar 02, 1998, 00:00 ET from Tyco International Ltd.

    HAMILTON, Bermuda, Mar. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tyco International Ltd.
 (NYSE:   TYC, LSE: TYI, BSX: TYC), through its subsidiary, Tyco Submarine
 Systems Ltd. (TSSL), and Alcatel Submarine Networks, have signed a US $310
 million supply contract for the Americas II Cable System.  This 8,300km four-
 fiber pair, undersea system will directly connect the United States, the
 Caribbean region and South America with a total of 80 Gb/s of submarine cable
 transport capacity.
     As the lead supplier, responsible for over 75% of the system, TSSL will
 provide all of the necessary terminal equipment and underwater repeaters, as
 well as be responsible for marine installation and project management
     "The Americas II System, along with the recently announced Columbus III
 and PC-1 projects, continue to demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs
 of telecommunication carriers throughout the world," said L. Dennis Kozlowski,
 Tyco's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  "These three projects are
 excellent examples of the rapid growth of worldwide undersea telecommunication
 cable requirements," he concluded.
     "The Americas II Cable System will augment and complement the existing
 Americas I cable system," said Neil Garvey, President of TSSL.  "Tools like
 the Internet and other multi-media applications are using unprecedented
 amounts of bandwidth and capacity.  With the installation of Americas II, TSSL
 will provide an additional 80 Gb/s of communications capacity to this region
 of the world by August 1999."
     With a collapsed ring configuration, the Americas II Cable System will use
 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), optical amplification and Synchronous
 Digital Hierarchy (SDH) transmission technology to meet the high capacity and
 reliability requirements of the owners.  The Americas 11 owners include
 Antelecom, AT&T, CANTV, Embratel, FranceTelecom, GT&T, MCII, Sprint, Telesur
 and TSTT.
     Americas II will connect Hollywood, Florida; Puerto Rico; Martinique; U.S.
 Virgin Islands; Curacao, N. Antilles; Camuri, Venezuela; Chaguaramas,
 Trinidad; Cayenne, French Guyana and Fortaleza, Brazil.
     TSSL, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyco International Ltd., is a leading
 worldwide supplier of undersea communications systems and services, and has
 successfully designed, manufactured and installed approximately 250,000
 kilometers of undersea cable systems.  TSSL also operates a fleet of seven
 cable ships and owns undersea cable, repeater and transmission equipment
 manufacturing facilities.
     Tyco International Ltd., a diversified manufacturing and service company,
 is the world's largest manufacturer and installer of fire protection systems,
 the largest provider of electronic security services in North America and the
 United Kingdom and has strong leadership positions in disposable medical
 products, packaging materials, flow control products, electrical and
 electronic components and underwater telecommunications systems.  The Company
 operates in more than 75 countries around the world and has annual revenues in
 excess of $12 billion.

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