JDSU announced an agreement to acquire Test-Um, a provider of home networking test instruments for the FTTx and digital cable markets

April 13, 2006

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- JDSU today announced an agreement to acquire Test-Um Inc., an industry-leading provider of home networking test instruments for the FTTx and digital cable markets. The acquisition, which creates new sales channels for Test-Um’s home networking product portfolio and JDSU’s existing set of field test instruments for broadband access networks, is expected to close in the current quarter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The rapid adoption of IP-based voice, data and video services makes it a strategic imperative that telecommunications and cable network operators deploy broadband triple-play test solutions that extend from the core network into the home. Test-Um and its 30 employees add to JDSU’s triple-play test expertise and product portfolio, bringing an extensive set of home-wiring test instruments for the verification, installation and maintenance of Category 3, Category 5 and coaxial cables used in home and small office networks for the delivery of VoIP, IPTV and other services. The ability to conduct “three-wire” home network testing is increasingly important as the number of broadband-connected homes and networked devices grows.

By acquiring Test-Um, JDSU expands its channels for the sale of its broad portfolio of test instruments for broadband access networks, including its recently introduced SmartClass line of instruments. JDSU will leverage Test-Um’s network of several hundred distribution partners, making its access test instruments available to the service installation and electrical contractors served by Test-Um today. In addition, the acquisition creates new market opportunities for Test-Um’s products, which will be made available through JDSU’s direct sales and service organization serving the largest telecommunications and cable service providers worldwide.

“The deployment of broadband networks and the widespread availability of affordable broadband Internet access are driving adoption of new video and other advanced communications services for the home,” said John Peeler, executive vice president of JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement (T&M) Group. “With our acquisition of Test-Um, JDSU will add an important set of test instruments to help our customers quickly, efficiently and reliably deliver the IP-based triple play services consumers are demanding.”

Test-Um’s “three-wire” test instruments verify the ability of home wiring to support the reliable delivery of new, high-bandwidth voice, data and video services throughout the home. Test-Um’s instruments include test sets for verifying line conditions and power-signal levels, wireless testers that facilitate communications on the job, tone tracing and identification to locate and track cable runs, and analyzers for more advanced service troubleshooting and certification. The company is based in Camarillo, California and will be integrated into JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement Product Group.

JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)

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