Lining Up for Kabel NRW's Business

German MSO Kabel Nordrhein-Westfalen GmbH & Co. has expanded its
equipment roster, naming three new partners for its broadband-network overhaul:
Nortel Networks, ADC Telecommunications Inc. and Scientific-Atlanta Inc.

Earlier this week, High Speed Access Corp. said it won a three-year contract
to handle elements of Kabel NRW's Internet-protocol-network design, including
provisioning, network-operations-center support and Web hosting.

Kabel NRW, which is operated by Callahan Associates International LLC, serves
about 4.2 million subscribers in Germany.

Kabel NRW said it has tapped Nortel as the leader of the equipment
consortium, supplying the necessary equipment for an upgraded, two-way network
over a four-year term. Nortel said the deal is worth $278 million.

ADC, meanwhile, will provide its 'Cuda 12000 IP Access Switch' -- a
combination cable-modem-termination system/switch router the company acquired
via its purchase of Broadband Access Systems Inc. The Cuda 12000 is based on
Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification and EuroDOCSIS standards.

Kabel NRW also said S-A will supply it with its 'PrismaDT' digital transport
equipment and optical gear for the MSO's upgrade to 862 megahertz, which should
be completed by the end of 2003.