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Industry's First Optical Networking Trial Using Previously Untapped Region of Fiber Spectrum

MURRAY HILL, N.J. - August 28, 2000 -- Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU), Canoga Perkins, and the University of Washington today announced the industry's first enhanced Wideband Wave Division Multiplexing (WWDM) trial transmitting in the 1400 nanometer (nm) band of optical fiber. The trial will be conducted at the University of Washington, Seattle, using Canoga Perkins' 6000 Series WWDM optical networking system and Lucent's revolutionary AllWave Fiber beginning in the fall.

This trial allows the University a more cost-effective way to maximize existing fiber optic assets by utilizing the WWDM technology to provide more bandwidth between locations. The applications and capabilities of the technology are inherent in the Internet technologies that they use.

"University of Washington has been looking for cost effective ways to increase the flexibility and capacity of our existing AllWave fiber to extend multiple IP (Internet Protocol) connections between our major points of presence," says Scott Mah, Director of Communication Technologies, University of Washington. "Canoga Perkins' 6000 Series WWDM system provides us with a solution that enables more customer connections to our core network without adding additional fiber or replicating costly intelligent routing equipment."

The trial will significantly increase bandwidth between the University of Washington and Pacific/Northwest Gigapop (P/NWGP). P/NWGP is the Northwest's Next Generation Internet applications cooperative, connecting universities as well as research institutions and R&D; enterprises to very high performance national research networks.

Canoga Perkins introduced its new 6000 Series WWDM system earlier this year at SuperComm 2000 and, using Lucent's AllWave Fiber, conducted the industry's first demonstration of optical transmission in the 1400 nm region.

"With our new 6000 Series WWDM system and AllWave Fiber, we are able to utilize virtually all of the fiber spectrum -- for the first time ever -- to provide up to twice as much operating capability on each fiber," said Doug Meyer, VP Engineering and CTO, Canoga Perkins.

The 1400 nm region of the fiber spectrum is a previously untapped region within the fiber spectrum that only became available to network service providers with the introduction of Lucent's AllWave fiber. Lucent's scientists developed a new ultra-purifying manufacturing method to eliminate water molecules inherent in optical fiber during the production process, making it the only fiber with no water peak and increasing the capacity of high-speed optical networks by 50 percent, compared to conventional single mode fiber.

"This trial validates Lucent's position as a leader in application-specific fiber," said Denys Gounot, president of Lucent's Optical Fiber Solutions. "We applaud forward-looking companies like Canoga Perkins that recognize the metropolitan area as the next opportunity in optical network design.

University of Washington and Pacific/Northwest Gigapop

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the world's leading research institutions. While the UW has great strength in a comprehensive array of disciplines and professions in technical and non-technical realms, it is especially well known for its world class programs in computer science and the health sciences, and for its long and continuing role in the evolution of the Internet, Internet messaging technologies, software agents, and digital convergence in new media. For more information, see

The Pacific/Northwest Gigapop (P/NWGP) is the Northwest's Next Generation Internet applications cooperative, testbed, and point of presence. P/NWGP connects universities as well as research institutions and R&D; enterprises throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon, to one another, to the next generation Internet backbones (including Internet2/Abilene and High Speed Connectivity Consortium), to federal research networks, and to super-high-performance commodity Internet's. For more information, visit

Macro Com, Kirkland, WA, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetVersant Solutions installed Lucent's AllWave Fiber on the University's campus.

Canoga Perkin's 6000 Series WWDM System

Canoga Perkins' 6000 Series Wideband Wave Division Multiplexing system is based on uncooled lasers and is part of the company's Universal Chassis System (UCS) in which multiple technologies function in the same base chassis system. Specifically, the WWDM system consists of modular transponders (TLIM) that perform the function of wavelength conversion to the wavelengths used by the Canoga Perkins system. Not only are the traditional second (1300nm) and third (1550nm) transmission windows supported, but it also supports the new 1400nm window opened up by AllWave fiber. Wideband WDM solutions, like the Canoga Perkins' 6000 Series system, enable the lowest cost per wavelength because they use the lowest cost components, e.g. uncooled lasers and broad-spectrum optical filters.

Headquartered in Chatsworth, CA, Canoga Perkins designs, manufactures, and sells fiber optic modems and multiplexers (TDM and WDM), LAN extension products, DSL modems, video conferencing products, and outside plant test equipment. Deloitte & Touche recognized Canoga Perkins as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies. With over 30 years of servicing the fiber optic data communications marketplace, Canoga Perkins has an impressive list of customers. Markets served include carriers, service providers, corporate enterprise networks, manufacturing, banking and financial institutions, health care, and government/military. For further information, please contact Canoga Perkins at 818.718.6300, via e-mail at, or

Lucent's AllWave Fiber

Lucent's AllWave Fiber is the industry's first fiber optimized for WDM transmission in metropolitan optical networks and CATV applications. AllWave Fiber provides greater than 50 percent more spectrum than today's conventional single mode fiber. Not only does AllWave provide more wavelengths, but also the added wavelengths near 1400 nm are in an optimum dispersion region for economically carrying high-speed (10+ Gb/s) signals.

Lucent began its Wave Family of Application Specific fibers with its highly successful TrueWave. fiber, the world's first non-zero dispersion fiber. AllWave Fiber is designed and manufactured specifically for metropolitan and broadband applications.

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by the research and development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at

Becky Boger
Lucent Technologies
770-798-3183 (office)
678-442-0852 (home)

Susan Laury
Canoga Perkins
818-678-3894 (office)

Scott Mah
University of Washington
206-543-5411 (office)

Amy Philipson