FONS, BT Announce Partnership

NORTHBORO, Mass. -- Fiber Optic Network Solutions (FONS) Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive optical components and interconnect solutions, announced today that it has signed a license agreement with British Telecommunications plc (BT) to integrate BT's patented technology into its proprietary manufacturing processes. Utilizing its advanced automated manufacturing equipment, FONS has incorporated the BT technology to further enable its high volume production of fused products. For more information on FONS Corporation's extensive offering of optical cassette modules (OCMs) and optical components, visit booth #3238 at OFC 2001 in Anaheim California where the company will be exhibiting March 19-21, or the company website at www.fons.com.

"Fused components are used for the splitting and combining of signals in high capacity transport networks in a variety of topologies including long haul, metropolitan and access markets", states Michael J. Noonan, President and CEO of FONS. "The key to FONS' fused products is our successful development of proprietary semi-automated manufacturing equipment and processes, enabling us to exponentially increase our capacity capabilities, while continuing to deliver exceptional reliability and low cost manufacturing. Our agreement with BT provides us the foundation from which to build and capitalize on the continued demand for fused products from a broad range of customers including service providers, telephony companies and network equipment OEMs. We are pleased to be associated with BT and look forward to a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship."

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