New Euro distributors for Sorrento, JDSU, Opto Speed

13 September 2002 -- Infraconcepts to be primary supplier of Sorrento Networks' metro and regional optical networking solutions in northern Europe; AMS Technologies is to be official reseller for JDS Uniphase's test and measurement instruments for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Italy; BFi OPTiLAS has a pan-European distribution agreement with Opto Speed.

Sep 13th, 2002

13 September 2002 -- San Diego-based Sorrento Networks has agreed for Infraconcepts (www.infraconcepts.com), a provider of fibre infrastructure and equipment to both incumbent and alternate service providers in Northern Europe, to become primary supplier of its metro and regional optical networking solutions, supplementing coverage for Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

"With its well established customer base and highly effective workforce, Infraconcepts provides Sorrento Networks with an immediate and valuable presence in the Benelux and Nordic marketplace," said Manfred Seehagen, Sorrento's vice president of European operations.

"As broadband requirements continue to increase in Northern Europe, carriers will need to upgrade their networks to provide newer and more cost-effective services," he adds. "These upgrades will require next-generation optical networking solutions that span access, metro and regional networks."

AMS Technologies AG (www.ams-technologies.com) has been chosen as official reseller for JDS Uniphase's test and measurement instruments for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Italy.

BFi OPTiLAS International SA (www.bfioptilas.avnet.com) has signed an exclusive pan-European agreement for the distribution and the representation of the product portfolio of Opto Speed, a developer of indium phosphide-based optoelectronic components in Ruschlikon, Switzerland which was founded in 1995 in a technology transfer from the Institute of Quantum Electronics at ETH Zurich and Deutsche Telekom Optoelectronic Group.

Opto Speed offers transceiver manufacturers a complementary set of 2.5, 10 and 40Gbit/s photodetectors, Fabry Perot and DFB lasers at both 1300 and 1550nm wavelengths as well as 1300 and 1550nm semiconductor optical amplifiers. Opto Speed also designs and makes high-power, high-bandwidth Superluminescent LEDs for applications in communications and test and measurement.

Finally, Opto Speed has developed an Optical Front End, which combines a 40Gbit/s photodiode with electronic transimpedance and postamplifiers with differential output monolithically integrated on a single InP chip, and is currently being tested by potential customers.

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