28 July 2003 Oxfordshire, UK Lightwave--BTI Photonic Systems, a supplier of managed link transport systems for optical networks and Bookham Technology plc, a provider of components, modules and subsystems, principally for telecommunication networks, partnered to form a technology, product and commercial association to deliver optimized optical subsystems.
The association, allows both companies to rapidly introduce advanced optical solutions based on Bookham's extensive portfolio of erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) and optical add/drop multiplexers (OADMs), together with BTI's Netstender family of intelligent link systems.
"Many of our key customers want to purchase subsystems rather than components so they can optimize the payback on their own engineering resource. By combining, Bookham's leadership in optical technology and design strength with BTI's system platform and management software leadership, we are creating a competitive alliance to deliver leading edge subsystems for the intelligent optical network," said Steve Turley, chief commercial officer for Bookham Technology. "The enhanced solutions we will be able to offer will complement our existing product lines and will allow us to address an expanded market."
The association provides customized, cost-effective solutions for the optical link layer. State-of-the-art optics will be incorporated in an intelligent subsystem, which has full environmental compliance and easy integration into the users' network management system. The companies' new integrated optical products will include a cost-effective 1U rack mount EDFA subsystem, and a full featured, highly scalable 2U subsystem offering advanced signal conditioning and expansion capabilities. The systems will be made available worldwide through both Bookham and BTI sales channels.
"The combination of BTI and Bookham teaming up together creates a powerful force in our industry. By building on the complementary strengths of both companies, we can now efficiently address a much broader range of market opportunities," said Lance Laking, chief executive officer of BTI Photonic Systems. "Our customers want suppliers who can deliver high quality, lower cost products that offer them a competitive advantage. This relationship with Bookham allows us to do that by enabling both companies to rapidly deliver customized solutions based on BTI's intelligent Netstender platform and integrated modular optical technologies from Bookham."