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ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING’S FSP 2000 FORMS THE FOUNDATION FOR OPENREACH’S OPTICAL SPECTRUM ACCESS SERVICES

Platform enables high-capacity WAN and SAN services to end users with need for reliable, secure services across the U.K.

York, U.K. and Martinsried/Munich, Germany.
December 1, 2009. ADVA Optical Networking today announced that BT’s UK-based access network arm, Openreach, is deploying the ADVA FSP 2000 to support its nationwide Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) services. With OSA, Openreach’s customers enjoy very high-bandwidth connectivity between two end-user sites. The services are particularly well-suited for Wide Area Network (WAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) applications where multiple client interfaces are involved.


“Our customers have exacting demands, which means their service selection must be versatile and reliable enough to meet these demands at a competitive price and on a timescale that is realistic for the end customer,” said Richard Thorpe, connectivity services general manager at Openreach. “We chose the ADVA FSP 2000 to support our OSA services more

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ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP Service Manager Takes Network Efficiency To New Heights

New solution enables quick and easy management of end-to-end network services 


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. October 21, 2009. ADVA Optical Networking is adding speed and simplicity to the operation of optical transport networks with the introduction of the new FSP Service Manager.


Designed for seamless integration with ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP Network Manager, the FSP Service Manager provides network operators with a comprehensive solution for the end-to-end delivery of high-quality services across networks built upon ADVA Optical Networking’s trusted FSP product family.


Utilizing an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), the FSP Service Manager provides operators with service-level provisioning and control across the entire network. This makes the creation, provisioning, monitoring and maintenance of services quicker and easier than ever before.


Thanks to an intelligent service-provisioning wizard, the FSP Service Manager enables network operators to create end-to-end services more

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US SIGNAL IMPROVES TESTING, PROTECTS CUSTOMERS WITH ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY

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YOTA RELIES ON HORIZON COMPACT IN EXTENDING RUSSIA’S FIRST 4G NETWORK

YOTA RELIES ON HORIZON COMPACT IN EXTENDING RUSSIA’S FIRST 4G NETWORK


                        DragonWave Solution Providing 50 Mbps Backhaul Links for Yota Mobile WiMAX


Ottawa, Canada,  October 6, 2009  - DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI) a leading global supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced Yota has deployed DragonWave’s Horizon Compact in extending Russia’s first 4G network to regions beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg. The DragonWave solution supports 400 Mbps capable links for backhaul of Yota Mobile WiMAX services for business and residential users.


“This is a very large, innovative network, and we’ve invested heavily in promoting our Yota brand. We absolutely could not afford to resort to yesterday’s technologies in rolling out state-of-the-art, mobile broadband access to our customers,” said Dmitry Privalov, Head of Department for Radio Optimization with Yota. “The Horizon more

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IBW deploys DragonWave’s Horizon Compact for its new WiMAX business services in Costa Rica

Horizon Compact Provides Robust, Reliable WiMAX Backhaul for IBW’S Costa Rica Rollout


DragonWave Solution Selected for its High Throughput, Low Latency and Rugged Resiliency


Ottawa, Canada, September 1, 2009 - DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI), a leading global supplier of  packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced that IBW has deployed the Horizon Compact to provide robust and reliable native Ethernet backhaul for its new WiMAX business services in Costa Rica. Additionally, IBW plans to leverage the DragonWave solution for dependable last-mile customer access as it introduces higher-speed services across the Central American country.


 “The levels of throughput and latency that the Horizon Compact delivers are far superior to any other solution we have tested, and we could not be happier with the results since completing our deployment,” said Paul Choiseul, Chief Technology Officer with IBW. “DragonWave’s solution delivers native more

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ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 150 deployed in Openreach’s national Ethernet Access Direct services

ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 150 deployed by Openreach in national

Ethernet Access Direct Services


ADVA FSP 150 delivers intelligent Ethernet services and increased network management to customers throughout the U.K.


York, U.K. and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. September 1, 2009. ADVA Optical Networking today announced that BT’s UK-based access network arm, Openreach, is deploying the ADVA FSP 150, featuring Etherjack® technology, throughout its national Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services. Using a range of intelligent Ethernet services, Openreach’s customers will now be able to perform last-mile test and diagnostics with unparalleled flexibility, control and management. The deployment will provide Openreach’s customers with a greater understanding of their Openreach-supplied network infrastructure and performance than ever before.


“The ADVA FSP 150 will play a key role in the success of Openreach’s EAD services,” stated Bill Jones, general manager,Connectivity Services Product Management at Openreach. “ADVA Optical Networking has a proven track record more

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MERIT NETWORK, ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING EMPOWER R&E COMMUNITY USING 10G FIBER

MERIT NETWORK, ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING EMPOWER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COMMUNITY



Superior network infrastructure encourages collaboration,

enables advancements from medical imaging to radio astronom
y


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. July 20, 2009. For several years, academic researchers at Michigan’s public universities and their colleagues around the globe have used high-speed networking to exchange research data and supplement their investigative activities.  As high-energy physicists continue to experiment with the Large Hadron Collider Project and geneticists conduct advanced bioinformatics, the amount of data produced and transmitted by researchers has grown exponentially.  Fortunately, Merit Network, deploying ADVA Optical Networking solutions, is continually adapting to meet the changing needs of higher education and the research community.


Merit’s 10G core network was recently upgraded to operate ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 3000 platform, significantly improving the capabilities of the 770-mile fiber-optic ring that stretches from Detroit to Chicago with connections in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Lansing. The new ADVA Optical Networking technology enables Merit to configure multiple high-speed connections, each carrying 10Gbit/s worth of data on a wavelength, using only a single pair of fiber.


The efficiency of Merit’s optical network has been significantly improved with the deployment of Raman amplifiers on the network, which has reduced the number of amplification sites that Merit needs to span the state and saved the non-profit organization and its members thousands of dollars in installation and service costs.


Merit’s fiber-optic network and ADVA Optical Networking’s technology together enable a dynamic collaborative environment where science, medicine, research and education are no longer constrained by distance or limited bandwidth. Whether a university professor sends volumes of data to a colleague at a satellite campus or a physician transmits real-time, high-definition medical images to a distant hospital, a fast and reliable broadband connection is essential.


Scientists at public universities in Michigan are utilizing Merit’s high-speed network for global research projects.


For example, physicists at the University of Michigan are currently using Merit’s high-speed, high-capacity network as part of their work on the ATLAS Experiment, which conducts trials on the world’s largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider, located near Geneva, Switzerland.


Meanwhile, University of Michigan astronomers are using their Merit connection to coordinate information from giant radio telescopes around the world. By collecting and analyzing data from multiple locations, they are learning more about black holes and other space phenomena than ever thought possible.


“These are just a few examples of the remarkable achievements that are enabled by Merit’s optical network every day,” said Brian Protiva, chief executive officer of ADVA Optical Networking. “We’re proud to play a role in supporting this important work by supplying the dependable and affordable networking tools the research and education community needs to stay connected and keep collaborating.”


“Merit is committed to advancing the research capabilities of our University Members,” said Don Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network. “ADVA Optical Networking technology maximizes capacity over fiber, allowing our members to move huge data sets without impacting our packet switched network. That translates to better performance for lower costs. As we continue to facilitate high-end research applications that span the globe, ADVA Optical Networking offers us the technology to provide our members the performance they need.”


In addition, Merit Network provides advanced connectivity for Michigan’s research and education community to the Internet2 Network. Internet2 is a consortium of universities, corporations, government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning that operates a nationwide next-generation network in support of research and education. ADVA Optical Networking is a corporate member of Internet2.

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ABOUT ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical+Ethernet transport solutions, we build the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. Our FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to our customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, we forge close partnerships with our customers to meet growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, we have become a trusted partner for more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.advaoptical.com.


ABOUT MERIT NETWORK

Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information, log on to www.merit.edu.

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Globalive selects DragonWave to deliver 3G Network across Canada

GLOBALIVE WIRELESS CHOOSES DRAGONWAVE TO DELIVER NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGY IN MULTIMILLION DOLLAR 3G NETWORK BUILD ACROSS CANADA


Canadian firm selected from field of leading global

wireless network solution suppliers

Ottawa, Canada, July 10, 2009 - DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI) a global supplier of high-capacity, wireless native Ethernet backhaul solutions for mobile and access networks, today announced Globalive Wireless Management Corp. has selected DragonWave to provide high-capacity, cost effective next generation wireless backhaul for its high speed packet access network in support of Globalive’s commitment to bring more value and innovation to Canadian consumers.


“As we build Canada’s newest wireless network, our commitment is to provide Canadian consumers with unmatched value”, asserts Ken Campbell, CEO of Globalive Wireless Management Corp. “For that, we need future-ready technology that enables the delivery of high-capacity, cost-effective IP-based services.”


New IP applications are quickly exceeding the capacity of existing networks. DragonWave’s made-in-Canada Horizon Compact product allows companies to meet the growing demand for more bandwidth without the expense of building or expanding a fibre backbone.


“After a rigorous search of global suppliers, we selected Canadian network solutions leader DragonWave for its innovative, Ethernet-based alternative to the more expensive leased-line and fibre optic infrastructure favored by legacy carriers”, explains Mr. Campbell. He adds that “Globalive Wireless is always looking for opportunities to engage Canadian suppliers.”


DragonWave Horizon and AirPair products operate in both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies between 6 and 38 GHz. An uncompromised product design delivers pure “packet” microwave performance with software scalable, ultra-low latency transport of up to 1.6 Gbps per link. Extremely easy to deploy and manage, DragonWave products deliver carrier-grade (99.999%) interference-free performance in next-generation IP networks.


“We are excited to have been selected for the Globalive 3G network. This win represents our largest Canadian network to date and it is particularly pleasing that our solutions, which have been entirely developed in our Ottawa based R&D facilities, will be used in our home market. This is an important showcase network for us”, says DragonWave President and CEO Peter Allen. Adds Globalive CEO Ken Campbell, “We are not only pleased to be making a significant investment  in Canadian technology, but also to be creating Canadian jobs in an innovative sector at a time when our country needs them the most. This is exactly in line with Canada’s need to transform itself into a more competitive, knowledge-based economy.”


About Globalive Wireless Management Corporation

Globalive Wireless is Canada’s newest provider of wireless communications services. The Company will provide voice, text and data services to Canadians on a next-generation all IP wireless network and is committed to offering a level of service presently not available in Canada.


About DragonWave

DragonWaveâ„¢ is a leading provider of high-capacity wireless Ethernet equipment used in emerging IP networks. DragonWave designs, develops, and markets carrier-grade microwave radio frequency networking equipment that wirelessly transmit broadband voice, video and other data.  DragonWave’s wireless Ethernet products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to an existing fibre-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave’s products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for DragonWave’s products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and enterprise networks. DragonWave’s corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Middle East and North America.  The company’s Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com


Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Risk factors that may cause the actual results, performance, achievements or developments of DragonWave to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements can be found in the public documents filed by DragonWave with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. In particular, actual results could differ materially from those expressed in such statements. For a list of risk factors, please refer to DragonWave’s Annual Information Form which is available on www.sedar.com. DragonWave assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

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CEDARCOM (LEBANON) DEPLOYS DRAGONWAVE FOR MOBI AND WIMAX BACKHAUL

CEDARCOM (LEBANON) DEPLOYS DRAGONWAVE’S HORIZON COMPACT FOR BACKHAUL IN ITS AWARD WINNING MOBI AND WIMAX WIRELESS NETWORKS


Ottawa, Canada / Beirut, Lebanon, June 22, 2009 - DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI)  the worlds’ leading supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced that Cedarcom, the leading Lebanese telecommunications provider is deploying the Horizon Compact to deliver high capacity Ethernet backhaul throughout its Mobi and WiMAX networks.


Cedarcom’s network provides extensive coverage, both indoor and outdoor, using multiple wireless technologies. Global connectivity is delivered to its business and residential customers via innovative broadband packages providing bandwidth up to 2 Mbps. As the Mobi network continues to grow, the Horizon Compact is playing a key role in extending coverage to major cities in Mount Lebanon, North, South, and Bekaa valley.


Compared to traditional TDM or hybrid (TDM/IP) microwave solutions the Horizon Compact has many advantages. Extensive cost optimization can be realized through smarter network design and inherent scalability. The best characteristics of ring, mesh and traditional hub and spoke design can be combined to effect TCO (total cost of ownership) improvements of up to 40%.


Alan Solheim, DragonWave’s VP of Marketing noted that “cash flow is optimized throughout the product life-cycle and on multiple levels; training costs are lower, installation and commissioning costs are lower, operations and maintenance costs are lower. Site costs are driven down by product characteristics that include low power consumption, minimal tower or mast-loading and simplified cabling.”


Echoing those comments, Imad Tarabay, CEO at Cedarcom said “the Horizon Compact has become an extremely potent backhaul solution in our network. It has helped us drive our costs down while at the same time providing the bandwidth scalability we need to grow our business. Our objective is to consistently build and deliver new, attractive and competitively priced services. In this context a DragonWave powered backhaul network provides an excellent foundation for future expansion in our business.”


A class leading packet microwave product the Horizon Compact operates in bands from 6 GHz to 38 GHz and is capable of delivering scalable backhaul capacity from 10 Mbps to 800 Mbps. Introduced in 2007, it is the first packet microwave platform to deliver carrier grade Ethernet performance in an all outdoor, fully integrated enclosure. Combined with a comprehensive software-driven feature set the Horizon Compact enables operators such as Cedarcom to fully exploit the cost savings that can be generated using Ethernet backhaul.


About Cedarcom SAL

Cedarcom is the first and only Fixed & Mobile Broadband Wireless Data Provider in Lebanon, providing a breadth of data communication, secure access and last mile solutions to the local industry. Cedarcom holds a wireless data networking license under decree number 10172, allowing the deployment and operation of a country-wide wireless data network with the advanced Broadband technology.  Cedarcom has licensed spectrum in the 1.9 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 7.5 GHz and 23 GHz frequency bands, and provides secure wireless access, data networking and last-mile solutions to banks, ISPs, ASPs, insurance companies, universities, multi-branch offices, etc. The company is the first wireless operator to deploy MPLS based services and MPLS VPN in the Middle East. For more information on Cedarcom, go to http://www.cedarcom.net and for more info on MOBI service please visit http://www.mobi.tm


About DragonWave

DragonWaveâ„¢ is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave radio systems used in emerging IP networks. DragonWave designs, develops, and markets carrier-grade packet microwave radio frequency networking equipment that transmit broadband voice, video and other data.  DragonWave’s products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to an existing fiber-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave’s products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for DragonWave’s products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and enterprise networks. DragonWave’s corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Middle East and North America.  The company’s Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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SYRINGA NETWORKS BOOSTS BANDWIDTH, TRIMS COSTS WITH ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SOLUTION

Telecom provider upgrades its eastern ring built on the FSP 3000 platform,  enables enhanced services for clients in southern Idaho


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. June 8, 2009. Syringa Networks, the premier middle mile provider serving the state of Idaho, is increasing its network bandwidth capacity while simultaneously cutting costs with the implementation of an ADVA Optical Networking solution built upon the FSP 3000 platform.


This new installation significantly upgrades Syringa Networks’ existing 4×2.5Gbit/s DWDM technology with 40×10Gbit/s capability, thereby increasing capacity by 40x throughout its 2000km regional fiber-optic network across southern Idaho.


The equipment is deployed from Boise to Idaho Falls in a diversely routed ring that provides network redundancies to reduce the threat of disruptive outages such as fiber cable cuts to Syringa Networks’ customers.


With this latest installation, Syringa Networks has reduced the environmental footprint of its network while generating significant operational savings. The deployment of Raman amplifiers has reduced the number of amplification sites necessary from 29 to 21, thanks to the amplifiers’ ability to more efficiently span long distances. This reduction in amplifier sites generates savings in both real estate and energy. Additionally, these new efficiencies free existing network equipment to be redeployed elsewhere, if Syringa Networks so chooses.


Syringa Networks was created in September 2000 by 12 rural telephone companies with the goal of building an extensive fiber-optic broadband network across southern Idaho. ADVA Optical Networking has provided equipment and services to Syringa Networks since 2001.


Greg Lowe, CEO of Syringa Networks, said his organization has chosen to continue that relationship based on ADVA Optical Networking’s history of responsive customer care and customized solutions.


“ADVA Optical Networking offered the best value in technology and proven account service,” Lowe said. “This recent upgrade to our network positions us to better serve the needs of our customers by allowing high bandwidth products like Regional Ethernet Rings and MPLS while still serving our high capacity private line customers with dedicated OC3/OC48 and 1/10GbitE.”


Ron Martin, chief marketing and strategy officer for ADVA Optical Networking, added, “Syringa Networks provides the telecommunications services – including voice, video and data – that the people of southern Idaho rely on to keep their businesses and communities running. We value our long-standing affiliation with Syringa Networks, and we’re excited that ADVA Optical Networking is contributing to this organization’s continued success.”


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ABOUT ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical+Ethernet transport solutions, we build the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. Our FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to our customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, we forge close partnerships with our customers to meet growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, we have become a trusted partner for more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.advaoptical.com.


ABOUT SYRINGA NETWORKS

Twelve rural local telephone companies with a determination to improve telecommunications services in their communities created Syringa Networks in September 2000. These companies have been providing local telephone services in towns across southern Idaho for decades, and some for nearly a century. They banded together to build a fiber-optic broadband network across southern Idaho. Our owners recognize the importance of broadband telecommunications services to the economic well being of Idaho’s smaller, and often remote, communities. Syringa Networks was created to bring the most advanced telecommunications services available to their communities, and others, to enhance economic opportunities across southern Idaho.

For more information, please visit us at www.syringanetworks.net.


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ADVA AG Optical Networking, Martinsried/Munich and Meiningen, Germany

ADVA Optical Networking North America, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, USA

ADVA Optical Networking (Shenzhen) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

www.advaoptical.com


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Interprose Public Relations

(t) 408-778-2024

(m) 408-569-3546

(e) becky.obbema@interprosepr.com

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