Agreement between Wave7 Optics and Teleste brings FTTH technology to Europe

27 May 2003 Alpharetta, GA and Turku, Finland Lightwave -- Wave7 Optics Inc. and Teleste Corp. today announced the signing of an agreement that provides Teleste non-exclusive access to Wave7's Last Mile Link (LML) fiber-to-the-home and -business (FTTX) broadband access system products and technology for sales and marketing in Europe and certain countries outside of Europe.

27 May 2003 Alpharetta, GA and Turku, Finland Lightwave -- Wave7 Optics Inc. and Teleste Corp. today announced the signing of an agreement that provides Teleste non-exclusive access to Wave7's Last Mile Link (LML) fiber-to-the-home and -business (FTTX) broadband access system products and technology for sales and marketing in Europe and certain countries outside of Europe. Teleste is a leading European supplier of network solutions to cable operators (MSOs) and also sells to systems integrators and national telephone companies (PTTs) worldwide.

"We are very impressed with the Last Mile Link's economic and technological value proposition and think it will make FTTX a more viable option for homes and businesses in our market areas," explains Pekka Rissanen, senior vice president of Teleste Broadband Cable Networks. "Our access to Wave7's Last Mile Link system reinforces Teleste's position as a technology leader committed to improving the business of its customers by providing innovative network solutions."

"Teleste's complementary headend products and practice of providing the best products and local support to their customers make them an ideal partner to help us increase our worldwide sales," adds Tom Tighe, president and chief executive officer of Wave7 Optics. "We view Europe as a strategically important region for broadband communications and we are pleased that Teleste has chosen to carry the Last Mile Link."

The Wave7 Optics advanced Internet Protocol (IP) and Ethernet standards-based optical architecture provides--over a single fiber--video (analog, digital and/or IP streaming), high-speed data (e.g., Internet service), "carrier-grade" telephony services (VoIP or circuit-based, including fax), and TDM synchronous circuits (including T1s or E1s). The system includes customer premise equipment optimized for businesses, single-family residences, and multi-dwelling units and supports a bi-directional data rate of 500 Mbits/sec per subscriber.

The LML's "PON alternative" design overcomes the high fiber counts, limited distance range, and high "central office" equipment costs of competing FTTX solutions, including passive optical networks (PONs), say company representatives. Featuring privacy and security encryption techniques and "quality of service" mechanisms, the LML access system can be deployed and expanded incrementally to match customer growth.

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