Village Networks and Viasystems announce manufacturing agreement

Sept. 4, 2001--Village Networks, Inc., a provider of integrated IP-over-optics networking solutions, and Viasystems, a worldwide independent provider of electronic manufacturing services, announced an agreement whereby Viasystems will manufacture the electronics for Village Networks' iOPN2000.

Village Networks, Inc., a provider of integrated IP-over-optics networking solutions, and Viasystems, a worldwide independent provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), announced an agreement whereby Viasystems will manufacture the electronics for Village Networks' iOPN2000. This relationship will enable Village Networks to quickly and effectively ramp up its manufacturing capabilities to meet customer requirements.

Viasystems will augment Village Networks' internal manufacturing organization, which will handle the assembly of the optical components, integrate them with the electrical components, and perform final testing of the iOPN2000 before shipping to customers.

The iOPN2000 is an optical packet node that fully integrates the intelligence of packet switching with the power of optics into a single networking device for metro and regional markets. First announced in December 2000, the iOPN2000 has undergone extensive trials with service providers, including Global Crossing, and will be commercially available in Q4 2001.

About Village Networks:

Village Networks provides intelligent IP-over-optics solutions for metropolitan and regional networks. For more information, visit www.villagenetworks.com.

About Viasystems:

Based in St. Louis, Mo., Viasystems Group, Inc. is a global EMS provider, supplying customers in the telecommunications, networking, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.viasystems.com.

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