NSG, Optical Zonu pair for FTTP/PON triplexer initiative

November 1, 2005 Somerset NJ, and Van Nuys, CA -- NSG America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass (Tokyo), announced today that its parent company has entered into a partnership with Optical Zonu, a provider of fiber interface modules. The companies say the partnership pairs NSG's optical manufacturing capabilities with Optical Zonu's three wavelength optical block technology, to enable high volume production of optical triplexers for use in FTTP applications.

Nov 1st, 2005

November 1, 2005 Somerset NJ, and Van Nuys, CA -- NSG America , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan's Nippon Sheet Glass (Tokyo), a supplier of gradient index lenses, announced today that its parent company has entered into a partnership with Optical Zonu, a provider of fiber interface modules. The companies say the partnership pairs NSG's high-end optical manufacturing capabilities with Optical Zonu's three wavelength optical block technology, to enable high volume production of optical triplexers for use in FTTP applications.

For global FTTX/PON markets, NSG currently volume ships WDM modules for optical line terminals (OLT), as well as optical splitters for distribution networks. With the partnership, NSG says it is now able to offer end-to-end platforms for FTTX/PON applications. The company says that the Optical Zonu triplexers will be added in optical network units (ONU) to provide an analog Cable TV (CATV) and/or a DBS (DirectTV, Dish) overlay in BPON, GEPON, and GPON systems.

"By partnering with a pioneering company for access networks such as Optical Zonu, we are able to efficiently and effectively bring cutting edge technologies to our customers for FTTx/PON applications," comments Dr. Simin Cai, president and CEO of NSG America. "Without having to expend financial resources in developing this technology ourselves, NSG is able to keep cost low and pass the savings along to our customers."

NSG says the agreement allows it to expand its coverage into the FTTX market for active components by leveraging its "Original Opti-Sourcing" services with Zonu's expertise in passive optical network (PON) technology. NSG says it created the Original Opti-Sourcing program as a service to offer manufacturing capabilities to its customers in the optical communications market, together with the company's design and development capabilities in optics. By utilizing the company's global resources, the program is designed to provide a "one stop shop" for optical component manufacturing needs.

"NSG has manufacturing capacity and knowledge of volume production, while we have expertise in optical and electrical design for the access networks," remarks Dr. Meir Bartur, president and CEO of Optical Zonu. "By working together we will bring to the market low cost optical triplexers in high volume production. This partnership...allows us to continue to focus on product development [toward] a complete optical network terminal (ONT)...for FTTx/PON applications."


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