Corning Cable Systems Coupler/Splitter Solution Simplifies Passive Optical Network Deployment


Coupler/splitter solution compatible with multiple hardware families to reduce complexity

HICKORY, N.C. - Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated's (GLW:NYSE) Telecommunications segment, is highlighting its Premier
Coupler/Splitter Module solution at the 2006 FTTH Conference, Oct. 2-5 in Las Vegas.

In a passive optical network (PON), optical signals are passed through coupler/splitter modules to distribute the signal to individual subscribers. Corning Cable Systems' Premier Coupler/Splitter Modules provide for the smallest module/splitter form factor in the industry, thereby minimizing the overall hardware size. Each module/splitter accommodates either 1x32, dual 1x16, or two 1x8 modules. The Premier Modules provide a completely connectorized solution utilizing standardized pigtail lengths that are compatible and interchangeable across a range of hardware products.

The Premier Coupler/Splitter Module solution is compatible in Corning Cable Systems' 144-, 288- and 432-port OptiTect(TM) Premier Cabinets, a local convergence point cabinet family featuring a much smaller size and weight than traditional cabinets. The coupler/splitter modules are also accepted in Corning Cable Systems' Eclipse Hardware products, which provide interconnect and cross-connect capabilities. When using the Premier Coupler/Splitter Modules, the Eclipse Hardware allows for a complete 864-fiber FTTx splitter and distribution solution in one standard seven foot frame.

With the compatibility of the Premier Coupler/Splitter Modules across hardware product lines, customers can reduce inventory costs as well as training time.

Corning will highlight the Premier Coupler/Splitter Module solution in its booth (#103) at the FTTH Conference. The solution will also be featured in the Fiber-Powered Pavilion (booth #440), a multi-exhibit pavilion that demonstrates how fiber is changing the way we live via a live gigabit passive optical network (GPON) demonstration.

Through its Evolant® Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. For additional information on Corning Cable Systems products and services, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States, or (+1) 828-901-5000, international, or visit the Web site at www.corning.com/cablesystems.

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is a diversified technology company that concentrates its efforts on high-impact growth opportunities. Corning combines its expertise in specialty glass, ceramic materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, with strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop, engineer and commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat panel display, environmental, semiconductor and life sciences industries.

Corning Communications Contact:
Lisa A. Burns
607-974-4989
burnsla@corning.com

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