Nistica and NTT Electronics Announce Joint Development Program for High Port-Count Wavelength Selective Switches

  Nistica and NTT Electronics Announce Joint Development Program for High
  Port-Count Wavelength Selective Switches

Innovative optical component from NTT Electronics and advanced optical module
technology from Nistica is being commercialized with manufacturing excellence
                                from Fujikura

Business Wire

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. & YOKOHAMA, Japan -- March 18, 2013

Nistica, a Fujikura subsidiary supplying agile optical networking solutions,
and NTT Electronics (NEL), a global leader in integrated optical and
electronics technologies, today announced their entry into twin wavelength
selective switches designed for next-generation route-and-select
architectures. Nistica, NEL and Fujikura are co-operating in the joint
development of multiple twin WSS modules optimized for transmission of 100
Gb/s channels and future super-channel formats at higher capacity. These
cost-effective, small form-factor products will be manufactured by Fujikura
Optical Vietnam, Fujikura's manufacturing subsidiary.

"NEL has commercialized optical and electronics components based on key
innovations from NTT. Innovation should emerge when different technologies are
harmonized. I am expecting that this collaboration will expand the product
portfolio of NEL before long," said Dr. Hiroshi Yoshimura, President and Chief
Executive Officer, NTT Electronics.

Echoing the sentiment, Takamasa Kato, Chairman of Nistica Board of Directors
and Fujikura Executive Vice-President, complimented the teams: "Joint
development efforts that bring together diverse skills are critical in meeting
customer needs. Fujikura's established manufacturing systems will ease the
flow of these high-end optical modules into the market in record time."

Optical Networking System vendors are demanding building blocks for network
nodes that satisfy the upcoming needs for colorless, directionless,
contentionless and gridless (CDCG) applications. Several key customers have
designed twin WSS modules in their system architectures, and high-volume
applications are expected in the second half of 2013.

"Nistica's experience in developing stable low port-count WSS modules,
Fujikura's experience in advanced manufacturing techniques and key
technological advances from NEL have enabled the development of
high-performance high port-count twin modules that will fit in a single-slot,"
remarked Ashish Vengsarkar, CEO of Nistica. "Customers have been impressed
with the versatility of these building blocks in various software-defined

Daryl Inniss, VP and practice leader, communications components at Ovum,
remarked, "Cloud computing and video applications are driving high
transmission rates and new architectures. As a result, carriers are demanding
high-performance, high-density, high-flexibility, and low-cost solutions. A
high-port count WSS with flexible-grid technology is a key building block in
meeting their needs."

Nistica will demonstrate the operation of twin WSS modules at the Optical
Fiber Communications conference (OFC) being held in Anaheim, California, March
18 – 22, 2013. At OFC, Nistica Chief Technology Officer Thomas Strasser will
chair a panel on The Future of ROADM Technology: Deployment and Functionality
and teach a short course on ROADM Technologies and Network Applications

NEL will update the key products and roadmaps of optical and electronic
components including WSS produced in collaboration with Nistica for 100G
digital-coherent networks at OFC.

About Nistica

Nistica is a global supplier of agile optical modules that simplify, automate
and make affordable the delivery of high-bandwidth applications, enabling
systems providers across multiple industries to meet ever-increasing demand.
Formed in January 2005, Nistica is now a subsidiary of Fujikura, partnering
with Texas Instruments and other industry leaders to expand its global reach
and scale production. For more information, visit the company website

About NTT Electronics

NTT Electronics is a leading provider of high-quality active and passive
optical components for telecommunications. As a member of the NTT Group, one
of the world's leading telecommunications companies, NTT Electronics develops
and supplies products in the areas of photonics, broadband networking,
security and digital video. For more information, go to

About Fujikura Limited

Fujikura Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) is one of Japan's foremost manufactures of
electric wire and cables. Since its establishment in 1885, the company has
introduced technologies and products that meet the highest global standards.
Their extensive product lineup and expertise are the culmination of more than
a century in business, combined with a positive, energetic corporate attitude.
In addition to electric wire and cables, today the company also offers a
growing range of products for the information and communications industries,
notably optical fibers and fiber-optic components, and such electronic
materials and components as electronic wires, flexible printed circuits and so
on. For more information, go to


Dario Falquier, +1 908-566-1349
NTT Electronics (NEL) America, Inc.
Atul Srivastava, 201-566-1770
Tetsuya Noda, +81 3-5606-1112
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