30 October 2003 Morris Plains, NJ Lightwave -- Xtellus, maker of dynamic optical modules and components for reconfigurable optical networks, and Nissho Electronics, one of Japan's foremost IT and telecommunications system integrators, have announced an agreement where Nissho will represent and distribute Xtellus' products in Japan. Nissho has already begun sampling Xtellus' Dynamic Blocker Equalizer with leading Japanese telecommunications system suppliers.
The current generation of optical networks--deployed in the 1990s--provides lots of bandwidth between predetermined points but is totally inflexible, say Xtellus representatives. As these networks now need to evolve to satisfy new traffic patterns, they are creating a huge operational problem as reconfiguration is either manual or dynamic using very expensive conversion back into the electronic domain. To overcome this problem new dynamic optical technology such as Xtellus' Dynamic Blocker Equalizer is being engineered into optical networking systems currently under development to enable dynamic reconfigurability in the less expensive optical domain.
"The market for dynamic and reconfigurable optical networks, which address the overwhelming deployment of bandwidth on demand, is increasing and will continue to grow," reports Takashi Fukuda, senior managing director of Nissho Electronics Corp. "Among a number of competitors, Xtellus has unique patented technology on their products and their own LC fabrication facility, which is the core of such dynamic optical modules."
"We see a demand for our products with telecommunications system suppliers around the world and our relationship with Nissho now enables us to reach directly the suppliers in the highly advanced and competitive Japanese telecommunications market," adds Gil Cohen, chief executive officer, Xtellus.
Xtellus demonstrate its Dynamic Blocker Equalizer at Nissho's booth at the Fiber Optic Expo in Tokyo, Jan. 28-30, 2004.