BTI Photonics Systems launches new version of Netstender optical layer platform

June 14, 2004 Ottawa, Canada--BTI Photonic Systems today announced a new suite of capabilities available with the latest release of its Netstender platform. Netstender 2.1 now offers advanced features that simplify connecting sites within optical networks and play a critical role in deploying cost-effective converged multi-service networks.

June 14, 2004 Ottawa, Canada--BTI Photonic Systems today announced a new suite of capabilities available with the latest release of its Netstender platform. Netstender 2.1 now offers advanced features that simplify connecting sites within optical networks and play a critical role in deploying cost-effective converged multi-service networks.

With the introduction of Netstender 2.1, the value of the platform moves beyond link extension to the full photonic layer, enabling new applications such as capacity extension, service overlay for converged networks, and "drop-in" multi-site connectivity.

A complete range of mux/demux and OADM modules for the Netstender enable new services and optical connections to be deployed without lighting additional fiber. These new passive modules are easily configured within the same compact platform as other Netstender modules.

BTI also introduced wideband CWDM amplification modules allowing service providers to save costs by deploying economical CWDM optics on existing service platforms for metro core and regional applications.

The new optical service channel (OSC) options solidify BTI's philosophy of unified management ensuring a simple fit with systems vendor management systems and service provider operational systems.

Netstender 2.1 also added single-channel/sub-band amplifiers for cost optimization. These amplifiers are for use in single channel or low channel count optical links and single channel point-to-point link extension for SONET and Ethernet-based transport networks.

"Service providers are under intense pressure to be profitable and require low cost independent photonic layer solutions that offer them the flexibility to deliver new revenue generating services," said Lance Laking, president and chief executive officer of BTI Photonic Systems. "As optical networks move closer to businesses and homes, the importance of photonic layer management increases, becoming a essential part of the evolution toward multi-service networks. Netstender delivers complete, independent photonic layer solutions that let service providers deploy the photonic layer functionality they need, when they need it."

New Netstender features include the following: low-cost CWDM line amplifiers, CWDM optical add/drop multiplexer, DWDM optical add/drop multiplexer, DWDM mux/demux circuit pack, CWDM/DWDM splitter combiner, OSC optical supervisory channel, OSC coupler/splitter, Netstender 1020 new compact passive shelf, and CWDM mux/demux circuit packs for combining and splitting wavelengths to allow transmission over a single fiber.

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