Alcatel Extends Deal With JDSU

OTTAWA, SAN JOSE, Calif., and PARIS -- JDS Uniphase Corporation (Nasdaq: JDSU - news; Toronto: JDU - news) and Alcatel Optronics (Nasdaq: ALAO; Paris: CGO) announced today that they have reached an agreement to extend the supply of 980-nm laser chips and pump stabilizers manufactured by the former SDL to Alcatel Optronics through the year 2003. These 980-nm chips are used in pump modules manufactured by Alcatel Optronics for use in undersea fiber optic networks. The decision to extend the agreement follows the successful joint qualification and production of the new laser diode, the latest generation of high power 980-nm pump chips. This device, when packaged in Alcatel Optronics' Submarine Qualified Pump Module package, provides 200 mw of reliable power in the harsh undersea environment. Alcatel Optronics' 980-nm pumps are designed to operate with extremely low failure rates over a service lifetime of more than 25 years.

According to Gregory P. Dougherty, Chief Operating Officer of JDS Uniphase's Amplification and Transmission Business Group, "Our partnership with Alcatel Optronics has provided cutting-edge solutions to respond to the explosive demand for bandwidth in the undersea network market segment. This rapid growth, along with the technical challenges associated with the market for undersea optical components, requires a high level of close collaboration. We believe the extension of this agreement will allow us to continue to work together to meet our customers' need for more bandwidth with high quality and high performance products manufactured at volume production levels."

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