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NeoPhotonics Announces New FTTH Component Technology at ECOC

New Optical Line Terminal Transceiver Using Photonic Integrated Circuit Technology is Designed to Enable Carriers to Lower First Installed Cost for FTTH Networks

Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 18, 2012 – NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN), a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high speed communications networks, today announced a multiport Mode Coupling Receiver (MCR) optical line terminal (OLT) transceiver for gigabit passive optical networks (GPON) in an SFP form factor and for use in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. 

This new Mode Coupling Receiver GPON OLT transceiver (MCR GPON OLT) is designed to allow FTTH operators to optimize bandwidth utilization in their passive optical networks (PON).  The MCR OLT represents the latest addition to the NeoPhotonics transceiver portfolio, which includes a broad range of high-capacity 10G PON, SFP+, XFP and CFP modules.  

FTTH has become a leading wire-line broadband access technology of the 21st century and PON represents a critical network architecture.  One common approach to reduce the cost of installation is to keep split ratios high during the initial deployment phase when subscriber take rates can begin low. The MCR GPON OLT is designed to increase split ratios without degrading system performance due to additional link loss.  NeoPhotonics used its platform PIC technology to develop the MCR in an economical SFP form factor, which is compatible with the installed base of GPON OLT line cards, thus offering network operators a new powerful tool to leverage their installed base and reduce their installed first cost.

“We are excited to introduce our MCR GPON OLT SFP which enables our customers to connect up to four times as many homes to each existing OLT slot in a central office compared to current implementations,” said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics.  “The MCR GPON OLT is made possible by our photonic integrated circuit technology and is designed to lower the overall cost of FTTH network rollout,” continued Mr. Jenks

The first version is a 4-port MCR GPON Class B+ OLT in a pluggable SFP form factor, which is designed to increase the split ratio in a standard PON from 1:32 to 1:128 while maintaining the original link budget and reach. This module features a connector with 4 fiber outputs where each individual fiber corresponds to the output of a conventional GPON OLT SFP compliant with ITU-T 984 standards. 

Related, British Telecom and NeoPhotonics are scheduled to present a joint paper on the MCR GPON OLT this week at the ECOC Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 – ECOC 2012, Tu.3.B.4. 

NeoPhotonics is showcasing the new MCR GPON OLT alongside its existing product portfolio, including Integrated Coherent Receivers and Narrow Linewidth Tunable Lasers for 100G coherent communications and 100G 10x10 CFP Transponders for client side transmission, at the ECOC Exhibition in Amsterdam (September 17-19, 2012, RAI Exhibition Center, booth 658).

About NeoPhotonics
NeoPhotonics is a leading designer and manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit, or PIC, based modules and subsystems for bandwidth-intensive, high-speed communications networks. The company’s products enable cost-effective, high-speed data transmission and efficient allocation of bandwidth over communications networks. NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley (USA) and Shenzhen, China. NeoPhotonics has been included in the Russell 3000® Index since June 2011. For additional information, visit
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Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions and current expectations. The company’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions. The risks and uncertainties that could cause the company’s results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to: acceptance by customers of MCR OLT products or the timing of such acceptance may not be as the company expects; the timing of or costs related to the development and performance and production of MCR OLT products may not be as the company expects; the demand for MCR OLT products may be volatile or lower than the company expects and its production capacity may be underutilized; demand for MCR OLT products could decrease from the company’s expectations due to general conditions in the telecommunications equipment industry, changes in network architectures, or the world economy generally, and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in the company’s documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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