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'Marconi Optical Components' Debuts

PITTSBURGH -- Marconi (Nasdaq: MONI; London), a global provider of advanced communications solutions, today announced the official launch of Marconi Optical Components with the release of a range of leading-edge photonic components for next generation high performance optical networks. The newly launched business already has 300 engineers and scientists dedicated to optical technology and the ability to rapidly re-deploy an additional 1,000 Marconi personnel to optical component manufacturing as the business scales. Through a major investment program, it plans to establish a new 200,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility by mid-2002 to reinforce its existing facilities.

At this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) in Anaheim, California, the business will demonstrate its product portfolio, which includes wide tuning range and high power tunable lasers; Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) based 10Gbps and 40Gbps modulators; and Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifiers (EDFA). The new business will also introduce the Terabit Engine(TM), a breakthrough in optical components offering highly integrated optical functionality on a single chip.

"Through activities at its Caswell laboratories, Marconi has an impressive background in photonic research and development," said John S. Lively, Director, Optical Components for RHK, Inc. "The achievements so far should position Marconi Optical Components to compete very well at the high end of the optical components performance curve. Marconi should also benefit from its decades of experience in manufacturing electronic components, something few other new entrants to the optical components industry have."

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