Oclaro Unveils Advanced Raman and Hybrid Raman-Erbium Doped Amplification Solutions for Next Generation Networks

  Oclaro Unveils Advanced Raman and Hybrid Raman-Erbium Doped Amplification
                    Solutions for Next Generation Networks

Intelligent low noise amplification solutions for 100+ Gbit/s transmission

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Oclaro, Inc. ^ (NASDAQ:
OCLR), a leading provider and innovator of optical communications solutions,
today announced advanced Raman and hybrid Raman-EDFA products platform for
next-generation 100+ Gbit/s transmission systems. These products are available
with advanced intelligent embedded span diagnostics and channel monitoring
features to enable operators to achieve OPEX savings through deployment
efficiencies and autonomous plug-and-play operation. A high degree of
integration and controller consolidation has been used to enable compact,
low-power consumption and cost-effective designs. These products are available
as customized line-cards, managed subsystems or super-modules. The design
flexibility of the Oclaro OASIS™ platform enables rapid customization to meet
exacting customer time-to-market requirements.

Scalable next-generation optical networks solutions must support data rates
beyond 100G to meet the forecasted bandwidth demand growth. However, higher
data rates require higher signal-to-noise ratios, which can significantly
reduce the maximum transmission distance unless higher-performance amplifiers
are used. Distributed Raman amplification in the span itself is a well-known
technique to accomplish this, but solutions available in the market suffer a
number of challenges such as physical size, power consumption, laser safety
implementation, and complex deployment procedures requiring highly skilled
craft personnel.

The amplifier solutions announced here address all these challenges to provide
higher performance needed for future higher data rates as well as size and
power consumption requirements for space-efficient next generation networks.
Advanced monitoring and span diagnostics features offer safe start-up
confirming an unbroken fiber path and thus reducing the risk of personnel
being exposed to high-power emission. Furthermore, these features enable the
system to evaluate the fiber path both within the central office and in the
span for excessive loss and reflections, which may pose a system failure risk
and degrade performance. Information extracted from the fiber can also be
utilized to optimize pump powers as well as signal launch powers for
maximizing the transmission performance. The platform supports the integration
of the multi-port optical channel monitoring which enables accurate signal
monitoring and amplifier control. Oclaro Raman and hybrid Raman-EDFA products
incorporate these advanced and differentiating features to add value and
provide our customers with a competitive advantage.

"Optical networks are rapidly evolving to address future infrastructure needs
while carriers are also minimizing the cost of delivering services. The cost
of deploying and operating the network is a critical piece of that equation –
especially as more and more complex technologies are employed to meet the
growing bandwidth demand," said Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network
Infrastructure, Ovum. "Equipment needs to be more automated and reactive to
the particulars of the network to simplify deployment and maintenance. Optical
amplifiers with embedded span-diagnostic and channel monitoring capabilities
will be very useful for carriers' to safely and cost-effectively derive best
system performance."

"These intelligent plug-and-play amplification products highlight Oclaro's
ongoing leadership in amplification and our ability to innovate and provide
customers with differentiated products to lower total ownership costs whilst
also meeting next-generation systems' exacting performance requirements," said
Richard Smart, General Manager of the Oclaro Amplification Business Unit. "I
am particularly pleased with the fact that these solutions not only address
the capital cost of high capacity networks but also offer features which will
help network operators reduce cost of deployment and maintenance."

About the Oclaro Advanced Raman and Hybrid Raman-EDFA Products
The Oclaro advanced Raman and hybrid Raman-EDFA products comprise a broad
range of features to provide customers with intelligent plug-and-play
functionality. These features include:

  oHighly integrated cost- and space-efficient customized solutions meeting
    customers exacting performance requirements.
  oIntelligent gain-ripple and tilt control optimization for Raman and hybrid
  oSpan-diagnostics features for central office and span fiber infrastructure
    characterization for safe operation, system performance optimization and
    fault location identification.
  oMulti-port flexible-channel grid optical channel monitoring (OCM) that
    rapidly measures channel frequencies and power in customer defined channel
  oOASIS™ platform advanced signal processing and embedded control features
    for gain control, fast transient management, pump and output power
    control, span diagnostics, safety controls, and fault alarms.

Product Availability
The product is fully qualified to Telcordia requirements and Oclaro is now
shipping customized solutions in production volumes.

About Oclaro
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) is one of the largest providers of optical
components, modules and subsystems for the optical communications market. The
company 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., Italy, Korea and Japan. It has in-house and contract
manufacturing sites in China, Malaysia and Thailand, with design, sales and
service organizations in most of the major regions around the world. For more
information, visit http://www.oclaro.com.

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Website: http://www.oclaro.com
Contact: Deborah Reinert, Oclaro, Inc., +1 (408) 919-2749,
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