China's Guangdong Telecom orders Aura Network's fiber optic equipment

Mar. 12, 2001--Aura Networks, Inc., announced that Guangdong Telecom Corporation, a division of China Telecom, has agreed to purchase Aura's Lancast' Intelligent 7500 Chassis and NetBeacon Element and Service Provisioning Management System for business and government use in the Foshan, China district.

Aura Networks, Inc., announced that Guangdong Telecom Corporation, a division of China Telecom, has agreed to purchase Aura's Lancast' Intelligent 7500 Chassis and NetBeacon Element and Service Provisioning Management System for business and government use in the Foshan, China district. This represents one of the first deployments of optical Ethernet for broadband access in China.

Aura Networks' products will be integrated into Guangdong Telecom's broadband metropolitan area network based on Foundry's BigIron 4000 switches and NetIron applications. Based upon the initial order received, revenues from this agreement are expected to exceed $1 million in March 2001 alone.

The 7500 modular chassis selected by Guangdong Telecom is one of many high-performance, fiber connectivity solutions offered by Aura Networks providing media, speed and distance solutions. Advanced monitoring and management features built into each module of the chassis allow cost-effective and proactive management as networks migrate from copper to fiber infrastructures. The combination of Aura's 7500 chassis and NetBeacon management system allows companies to meet critical network uptime requirements.

Aura Networks will begin shipping its 7500 chassis and NetBeacon management system to Guangdong Telecom Corporation in March of 2001.

About Aura Networks:

Aura Networks is a next-generation optical networking company focused on delivering optical access platforms that simplify the service providers provisioning task. For more information, visit www.auranetinc.com.

About China Telecom:

As a telecommunication service provider in the People's Republic of China, China Telecom China Telecom has received an early licenses from the Ministry of Information Industry for an Internet telephony trial. China Telecom is the first carrier in China to begin its commercial IP trial services.

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