Alcatel-Lucent selects Corning's OptiTap Connector for GPON systems

JUNE 6, 2007 -- The memorandum of understanding outlines the terms of a multi-year agreement by which Corning Cable Systems will become the exclusive supplier of OptiTap Connectors and Adapters for Alcatel-Lucent's GPON system.

JUNE 6, 2007 -- Corning Cable Systems (search for Corning Cable Systems), part of Corning Inc.'s telecommunications segment, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alcatel-Lucent (search for Alcatel-Lucent) to supply the company with its OptiTap Connector and Adapter for use in Alcatel-Lucent's GPON (search for GPON) system.

The MOU outlines the terms of a multi-year agreement to be negotiated and signed by Corning Cable Systems and Alcatel-Lucent, by which Corning Cable Systems will become the exclusive supplier of OptiTap Connectors and Adapters for the Alcatel-Lucent system.
According to Corning Cable Systems, the OptiTap Connector and Adapter are ideal for factory-terminated, environmentally sealed, and hardened connectors for use in drop cable deployments in optical access networks. The hardened connector significantly reduces the terminal and drop cable installation time for subscriber connection, thereby reducing the total installed cost of deployment, says the company.

"As a market leader in GPON, we have a history of successfully collaborating with other technology leaders to create innovative products and solutions for our customers," contends Mike Dobbs, senior vice president for Alcatel-Lucent's access network activities in North America. "Corning is one of the market leaders in outside plant solutions, and we are happy to continue this collaboration with them."

"We are pleased to have Alcatel-Lucent's trust in our technology and service levels and look forward to working with them to further the deployment of FTTH networks," adds Bernhard Deutsch, director of marketing and market development for Corning Cable Systems Public Networks.

In addition to being the exclusive supplier of the OptiTap Connector for Alcatel-Lucent's GPON system, Corning Cable Systems will collaborate on system tests utilizing Alcatel-Lucent's GPON FTTH system and Corning Cable Systems' preconnectorized outside plant portfolio.

The OptiTap Connector is part of Corning Cable Systems Evolant Solutions.

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