LIGHTCONNECT secures strategic distribution partnerships with Laser 2000, Staroptics, and ETSC

April 30, 2002--LIGHTCONNECT Inc. has extended its worldwide reach across Europe and into the Chinese market. The company will be represented by Laser 2000 throughout the major European markets; by Staroptics Italia in Italy; and by ETSC (East Techno-Service Co.) in China.

LIGHTCONNECT, supplier of diffractive MEMS-based dynamic components and modules for optical networks, has extended its worldwide reach across Europe and into the Chinese market. The company will be represented by Laser 2000 throughout the major European markets, including the UK, France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden; by Staroptics Italia in Italy; and by ETSC (East Techno-Service Co.) in China.

Per the agreements, customers around the world can now purchase LIGHTCONNECT's expanding product line, including Variable Optical Attenuators, Dynamic Gain Equalizers, and Dynamic Channel Equalizers, from a local source. The representing distributors will also provide technical support for LIGHTCONNECT's products.

"These new distribution agreements allow us to extend our market-leading offering on a global scale, as we continue to expand our product line," contends Dr. Peter O. Clark, president and chief operating officer of LIGHTCONNECT. "Many factors affect specification, performance and cost, so it's important that customers worldwide are able to work with vendors and distributors who offer the highest level of service and technical support. Therefore, Laser 2000, Staroptics Italia and ETSC are the ideal partners to represent LIGHTCONNECT in their markets."

For more information about LIGHTCONNECT Inc. (Newark, CA), visit the company's Web site at www.lightconnect.com.

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