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EBU expands the Eurovision network with Net Insights Nimbra platform

Stockholm, Sweden – Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, announced an expansion order from Eurovision.


Net Insight receives the order from Eurovision, the operational arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for a substantial expansion of its global Nimbra-based fiber network into more locations in Asia.


The order that will be delivered during the first quarter, complements Eurovision´s re-deployment of Nimbra equipment that it bought for its successful coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

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NeoPhotonics - Huawei Confers Top Award for Product Quality & Customer Support in 2008

NeoPhotonics Receives Top Product and Customer Support Quality Award from Huawei


Huawei Recognizes NeoPhotonics’ Overall Excellence in Components Used in Huawei’s

Access, Metro and Long-Haul Optical Network Equipment


Shenzhen, China / San Jose, Calif. – March 19, 2009 – NeoPhotonics today announced that Huawei, the world’s fastest growing manufacturer of telecommunications network equipment, has recognized the company with its 2008 “Quality Excellence Award.”


NeoPhotonics provides a broad spectrum of active and passive optical components, modules and subsystems, including SONET/SDH, GPON and GEPON transceivers, Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) DWDM Multiplexer/Demultiplexers, VOA Multiplexers and Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (ROADM), and Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) VOAs and Modules. Huawei uses NeoPhotonics products in its 10 and 40G OptiX metro and long haul systems and in its “Fiber-To-the-Home” ODN access solutions.


Furthermore, NeoPhotonics reported recently that the company became Huawei’s leading supplier of optical components in 2008, based on sales figures from 2006 to 2008 and other information provided by Huawei. NeoPhotonics’ 40% YOY sales growth has established NeoPhotonics as one of the top suppliers in the industry.


Huawei executives presented the award to NeoPhotonics CEO and Chairman Tim Jenks at a ceremony held at NeoPhotonics’ facilities in Shenzhen, China, home to 2000 employees, the bulk of the company’s manufacturing infrastructure and a significant portion of its development engineering resources.


“Huawei has scores of suppliers and we are proud that it recognized NeoPhotonics as among the upper echelon,” said Mr. Jenks. “Recognition like this bears out our strategy of extensive and ongoing investments in our Shenzhen operations to create a high-volume and high-quality manufacturing and shipping capability.”


NeoPhotonics is showcasing next week at the OFC/NFOEC Conference and Exposition in San Diego (March 24 – 26, in booth 1126) the industry’s most complete portfolio of MEMS and “PIC” (photonic integrated circuit) based optical components, its broad line of telecom transceiver products in SFF, SFP and XFP form factors, its GPON transceiver portfolio, and new products for 40Gbps and 100 Gbps coherent optical transmission systems.


About NeoPhotonics


NeoPhotonics Corporation is a leading developer and vertically integrated manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based components, modules and subsystems for use in telecommunications networks. Our products include active semiconductor, passive PLC and MEMS multi-dimensional switching functions in a single product. This integration is enabled by integration, nanomaterials and nanoscale design and fabrication technologies. Backed by leading venture capital firms and institutional investors, NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China.


NeoPhotonics is a registered trademark and the red dot logo is a trademark of NeoPhotonics Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.


www.neophotonics.com


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Edgeware Opens U.S. Headquarters in Silicon Valley

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – March 17, 2009 – Edgeware, the leading provider of flash memory based server systems for network deployed delivery of TV and video services, today announced the opening of its U.S. headquarters, based in San Jose, Calif., and the addition of David Appleman, a former Motorola senior sales executive, to lead all Edgeware sales efforts in the Americas.


The formation of a U.S. subsidiary, Edgeware, Inc., and the opening of a Silicon Valley-based office, is a strategic move to further increase the company’s North American footprint.  The expansion will serve Edgeware’s current and future American customers include cable MSOs, Telco’s and, more recently, providers of TV and video services over the top (OTT) and over the Web.  In addition to sales, led by Appleman, in the North, South and Central American regions, the new office will provide expanded customer support and engineering services.


“Appleman brings massive experience to Edgeware as he already knows our space and most of our current and future customers,” said Joachim Roos, CEO and founder of Edgeware. “With him, we are up and running and can shift our U.S. efforts into high gear to take advantage of the significant growth potential among service providers for next-generation video services.”


Appleman brings more than 20 years of experience to his new position at Edgeware including executive management of rapidly growing technology companies and more than 10 years experience building sales and marketing organizations in the broadband and IPTV industry.


“Consumers are demanding more and more from their service providers,” said Appleman. “I am confident that Edgeware’s solid state server technology brings a new level of cost efficiency and scalability of delivering Web TV and video services to our service provider partners. Edgeware is truly a revolutionary company that fulfills the needs that the service providers have been asking for and I am very excited to be a part of this team.”


About Edgeware

Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.


In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.


The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.


Edgeware is nominated for the 2009 IPTV World Series Awards in two categories:

“Best On-Demand Technology for IPTV” and “Best Internet TV Technology/Solution”.

These solutions will be showcased at IPTV World Forum in London, March 25-27, Booth 226.


www.edgeware.tv


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Regional Growth Drives Aurora Networks’ Expanded Presence in China

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 18, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, today announced its Chinese expansion supported by regional growth and new Fiber Deep opportunity. Due to increasing demand for its optical transport solutions among the Chinese cable community, Aurora Networks’ has added a Shanghai office, led by industry veteran Eugene Lee, and a major regional distributor, Faithpower Ltd. in Beijing to extend product line deployments, field service and support capabilities.


“Aurora Networks is experiencing continued strong customer demand and sales success of its Fiber Deep solution, as announced in January, in addition to a growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region, including China, for our evolving cable solutions,” said Guy Sucharczuk, chairman, president and CEO of Aurora Networks.  “Regardless of their regional location, MSOs who need cost-effective, reliable, bandwidth-scalable transport products rely on Aurora Networks’ optical transport solutions to accommodate revenue-generating subscriber services with additional bandwidth.”


Eugene Lee, recently named the Chinese country manager, will lead all business, promotion and sales opportunities from Aurora Networks’ new Shanghai office location. Lee brings more than 10 years of cable and telecom industry experience to the company.  Prior to joining Aurora Networks, Lee worked with U.S-based Ripley Tools, provider of professional tools for the cable and telecom industries. Lee was also with Japan-based Fujikura, a major manufacturer of optical fiber and cable to China.


“Fiber’s benefits to the cable industry are strongly realized as operators seek infrastructure changes to better service their subscribers,” said Lee. “Fiber Deep, Aurora Networks’ efficient next-generation service launching pad, has received high demand in this region as the cost-effective way to enhance existing HFC networks and achieve fiber’s benefits without full fiber deployment. “


In addition, Faithpower, a strategic Aurora Networks’ distributor in the region, worked to successfully certify Aurora Networks’ products with the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT). To date, Faithpower has deployed Aurora Networks’ products and solutions in five major cities and provinces in China.


Lee will be representing Aurora Networks at the company’s booth #2304 at the China Content Broadcasting Network (CCBN) convention at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing from March 21-23, 2009. Detailed information on Aurora Networks’ Shanghai location can be found at www.aurora.com.  For sales inquiries in the Chinese regions, please contact Eugene Lee directly at elee@aurora.com or 021-5306-9118.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs.  Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry.  A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks and the Aurora logo are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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Edgeware Secures $8 million in Series B Financing

Second round of financing, led by Micron Technology, to accelerate global presence and strengthen position in North American market

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – March 17, 2009 – Edgeware, the leading provider of flash memory based servers for network deployed delivery of TV and video services, today announced it has closed a $8 million series B round of funding led by new investor, Micron Technology with full participation from Edgeware’s Series A investors, Amadeus Capital Partners and Creandum Advisor.


The funds will be used to accelerate Edgeware’s increasing presence in the global market. In particular, it will strengthen the ambitions in the North American market where the company already has a number of key customers.


Edgeware provides server systems and associated technology for TV services over the Web and for TV on-demand services in Telco and cable network environments. Edgeware was founded in 2004 with the idea of merging delivery capability of on demand TV and video services into the service provider network, using highly efficient dedicated network appliances.


“We were attracted by Edgeware’s novel use of NAND flash memory as the sole storage in their demanding carrier applications, completely eliminating the use of rotating media,” said Ian Blasch, managing director of Micron Ventures, the venture arm of Micron Technology. “Rather than simply using off-the-shelf solid state disks or SSDs, they have developed a unique architecture around flash memory and that gives them a number of compelling advantages - performance being one of them.”


Different from competing products that are usually based on generic computer hardware, Edgeware’s servers are dedicated, highly efficient network appliances that are deployed in anything from central clusters to highly distributed architectures. Edgeware uses a combination of NAND flash memory storage and a hardware implemented data plane to obtain a solution which is highly reliable and by orders of magnitude smaller in footprint and power consumption.


“With this capital injection we are well positioned to actively expand our business, when many of our competitors are downsizing,” says Joachim Roos, CEO of Edgeware. “Our customers continue to invest in infrastructure for home entertainment. The fact that we manage to secure funding like this under current conditions in the financial sector sends a strong message.”


About Edgeware


Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.


In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.


The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.


Edgeware is nominated for the 2009 IPTV World Series Awards in two categories:

“Best On-Demand Technology for IPTV” and “Best Internet TV Technology/Solution”.

These solutions will be showcased at IPTV World Forum in London, March 25-27, Booth 226.


www.edgeware.tv

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