Aurora Networks debuts virtual hub platform and expands CWDM Ethernet line

June 16, 2004

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aurora Networks, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical transport systems for broadband networks, announces the debut of its Virtual Hub Platform at Cable-Tec Expo, June 16 - 18, 2004 in Orlando, Florida.

The Virtual Hub or "VHub" leverages several new technologies from Aurora to dramatically change the way multiple system operators (MSOs) deploy hub facilities in their networks by eliminating most capital expenditures normally associated with advanced services rollouts. Comprised of field hardened dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) optical passives, node-installed EDFAs and optical switches, the VHub allows MSOs to configure hub sites within a compact strand- or pedestal-mounted housing. A single VHub can feed 16 to 24 unique optical signals to areas of 10,000 to 20,000 households, and requires no external cooling or ventilation.

"The VHub is one of the most exciting and revolutionary products Aurora has introduced this year," said Ron Wolfe, Senior Product Manager for Aurora Networks. "With this platform, MSOs can quickly and easily deliver services such as VoD, VoIP, high speed data and network DVR, without the need to acquire property, construct controlled facilities or deploy distributed servers and switching devices. A single master facility can feed a large number of VHubs in surrounding communities -- large or small -- providing significant cost savings," said Wolfe.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aurora Networks, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical transport systems for broadband networks, has expanded its CWDM Ethernet Access product line with new products to support additional high-speed data services. Aurora CWDM Ethernet systems have been deployed by several large multiple system operators (MSOs), enabling them to launch new services for small to medium-size business customers.

This all-optical, coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) Ethernet-to-the-business solution uses the fiber optic portion of existing hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) infrastructure to bring revenue-generating, high-speed data access to business customers over multiple CWDM wavelengths. The new products include Gigabit Ethernet media converters, and indoor and outdoor optical multiplexers and demultiplexers.

"We are very committed to working with our customers to define and develop new, advanced products for our Ethernet product line to enhance the success of their business," said Wim Mostert, Director of Technical Business Development for Aurora Networks. "The CWDM Ethernet Access platform allows customers to leverage their existing HFC architecture to add to their revenue streams in a very cost-effective manner."

Aurora Networks Inc.

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