Corning Cable Systems Adds Media Conversion from Transition Networks to Portfolio of Plug & Play Products for Data Centers

MINNEAPOLIS and HICKORY, N.C., March 26 -- Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, and the conversion technology and switching expert, Transition Networks Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., today announced the addition of Gigabit Ethernet copper-to-fiber media converters to Corning's portfolio of Plug & Play(TM) Universal System products.

The Plug & Play Universal Systems Media Converter Module is the highest- density media converter on the market, enabling network cabling managers to seamlessly and cost-effectively leverage existing copper electronics while taking advantage of the data transport properties of Corning Cable Systems' high-density Plug & Play Optical Fiber Systems.

Corning Cable Systems offers the broadest range of end-to-end fiber optic product solutions for customers' telecommunications networks, and the company pioneered pre-terminated solutions for enterprise networks with its Plug & Play Factory-Terminated Systems. Transition Networks makes conversion between disparate media types possible by providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Together, the two companies provide large data centers with a full suite of customer-focused solutions that touch all aspects of the network, enabling network managers to quickly transport data to various destinations with ease and speed, without compromising the quality of the data signal.

"Large data centers have a continuous need to upgrade their networks to ensure the effective transport and quality of high volumes of data," said Bill Schultz, vice president of marketing at Transition Networks. "Corning leads the market and is offering a portfolio of solutions that feature high-density ribbon cabling and MTP connector-based trunking for space-saving and convenient fiber deployment. The addition of our media conversion technology to the Plug & Play Universal Systems product line offers more versatility to help organizations optimize the connectivity infrastructure in their data centers."

"The addition of the Media Converter Module to Corning's product portfolio allows customers to gain all the benefits of a pre-terminated, modular solution, while using the low-cost legacy copper electronics that are available today," said Doug Winders, vice president of sales and marketing for Corning Cable Systems Private Networks. "We are pleased to be working with Transition Networks on this exciting endeavor."

Product Configuration

The Media Converter Module is a Gigabit Ethernet media conversion solution in a Plug & Play Universal Systems footprint. The Media Converter Module, with 12 RJ-45 copper ports on the front and two 12-fiber MTP(R) Connector ports at the rear, is the highest-density media conversion solution on the market today. Just like traditional Plug & Play Systems modules, the 12-port Media Converter Module fits into Corning Cable Systems hardware. Up to two Media Converter Modules can be placed into the 1-rack-unit (1U) housing, offering 24-copper-port density, and up to eight modules can be placed into the 4-rack- unit (4U) housing for 96-copper-port density. The Media Converter Housing, while offering the same footprint as a standard Corning Pretium(TM) Rack- Mountable Housing, offers additional features for the Media Converter Modules, including a specially designed area for the power supply units and easy routing of the power cords. For continuous uptime, the solution offers front- mounted redundant power supplies.

Corning's Plug & Play Universal Systems allows customers to use less space for their cabling and eliminate heat and air flow problems that copper cabling can generate. Because the components of the system are modular, moves, adds and changes are fast and simple, enabling pay-as-you-grow scalability and lowering the total cost of network ownership.

For more information on the Media Converter Module Solution, visit or call Corning Cable Systems' award- wining customer service team at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States, or (+1) 828-901-5000 international. You may also visit Transition's Web site at or call Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 for the latest information.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks' conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company's Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching and wireless products are designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware- based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (AMEX:JCS).

CONTACT: Bill Schultz of Transition Networks, +1-952-996-1573,

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