Fitel Technologies to open amplification products development center

Mar. 15, 2001--Fitel Technologies, Inc., a developer of products for the optical communications market, announced the opening of an amplification products Development Center to support the growing Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) and Raman markets.

Fitel Technologies, Inc., a developer of products for the optical communications market, announced the opening of an amplification products Development Center to support the growing Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) and Raman markets.

The facility, scheduled to open in April 2001, will be located in Warwick, Rhode Island and will work in conjunction with both Fitel and its affiliate, Optigain.

The 12,000 sq ft facility will employ approximately 40 people and will be responsible for the research and development of next generation, advanced Raman solutions for high speed, long haul optical data transmissions. Using Fitel and Optigain's experience in developing and integrating new technologies for the optical communications industry, the facility will allow Fitel to further its commitment to Raman amplification.

When used in conjunction with EDFAs, Raman amplification can be used to achieve a more cost effective optical network by increasing signal clarity and expanding the distance between regeneration points.

Fitel Technologies provides technologies to support Raman amplification, including the 14xx nanometer (nm) pump lasers that are the core of the Raman module. These 14xx lasers supply the high optical output power needed to achieve signal amplification within the transmission fiber.

Fitel Technologies and its parent company Furukawa have a strong history in developing and manufacturing high-powered pump lasers, including a 400mW pump. Both the new 400mW 1480nm laser diode and the Raman module will be on display at the Optical Fiber Communication conference in Anaheim, Calif., March 19-21.

About Optigain:

Optigain, Inc. is a manufacturer of Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers, Raman modules and related equipment for the telecommunications market.

About Fitel Technologies:

Fitel Technologies, Inc., is a wholly owned company that develops and markets fiber optic and optoelectronics solutions by The Furukawa Electric Company, Ltd., of Japan. For more information, visit www.fiteltech.com.

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