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Oclaro and Huawei Collaborate on Petabit Photonic Cross Connect (PPXC) Technology Using Ultra-Fast Switching Lasers


Oclaro and Huawei Collaborate on Petabit Photonic Cross Connect (PPXC) Technology Using Ultra-Fast Switching Lasers

Oclaro Optimizes the Performance of its Tunable InP Lasers to Deliver the Ultra-fast Switching Capability Needed for Huawei's Future Optical Network

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SAN JOSE, Calif., March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR), a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser solutions, today announced that it has worked closely with Huawei to drive the development of Petabit Photonic Cross-Connect (PPXC) technology that can realize Petabit OTN switching in an all optical way with fine granularity. As part of their joint collaboration, Oclaro optimized its industry leading InP tunable laser technology to deliver prototypes of ultra-fast switching lasers that enabled Huawei to develop the PPXC system. Huawei will be showing a live demo of this PPXC system in a private suite at this week's OFC/NFOEC show in Los Angeles, California.

Agile and ultra-large capacity OTN switching is a promising technology for future optical networks. A key component of this is fast tunable laser technology, which Oclaro has successfully developed and optimized to meet Huawei's optical networking needs for the future.

"Fast tunable lasers have great potential in Huawei's future optical network architectures and we are excited to see that Oclaro has successfully developed this enabling laser system with nanosecond tuning time," said Changtian Cai, President of Huawei Transport Network. "We believe that all-optical cross connect technology will give an unparalleled advantage to ultra large capacity OTN switch clusters of future transport backbone networks, large data centers and other application scenarios and by partnering with a proven technology and manufacturing leader such as Oclaro, we can bring higher performance network equipment into our customers."

"As a leading provider of tunable lasers, Oclaro has a deep understanding of the key technologies that are critical to delivering next generation optical networks," said Yves LeMaitre, Chief Commercial Officer for Oclaro, Inc.  "By working with Huawei in these early stages of development, we can play a key role in driving the advancement of the core optical network and delivering the performance and scalability that service providers need for many years to come."

About Oclaro InP Technology
The Oclaro fast tunable laser utilizes Oclaro's proven industry leading InP based technologies, which enable compact InP modulators and high performance widely tunable lasers. To date, Oclaro has shipped well over 300,000 tunable lasers into the field as part of Oclaro's industry leading iTLA, TTA, tunable XFP, and SFF tunable transponder products. More recently, to support the need for higher levels of integration, Oclaro has successfully demonstrated that fully monolithic PIC's (Photonic Integrated Circuits) in InP can be used to deliver higher performance at lower cost.

About Oclaro
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is a tier-one provider and innovator of optical communications and laser components, modules and subsystems for a broad range of diverse markets, including telecommunications, industrial, scientific, consumer electronics and medical. Oclaro is a global leader, dedicated to photonics innovation with cutting-edge research and development (R&D) and chip fabrication facilities in the U.S., U.K., Switzerland, Israel, Korea and Italy, and in-house and contract manufacturing sites in China and Thailand with design, sales and service organizations in each of the major regions around the world.

About Huawei
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Through our dedication to customer-centric innovation and strong partnerships, we have established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, devices and cloud computing. We are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers by providing competitive solutions and services. Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world's population.  As a pioneer in 100G WDM, Huawei has deployed over 40 trial and 15 commercial 100G networks to date. Huawei provides first-class transport network products, including WDM/OTN/ MS-OTN, MSTP/Hybrid MSTP, microwave products, and end-to-end network solutions. According to consulting firm Ovum, Huawei ranked No. 1 in the global optical network market, WDM/OTN market, and 40G network market, as of Q3 2011.

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