BTI Photonic Systems Appoints Marco Pagani as Chairman of Board of Directors

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Former Nortel President to support BTI’s drive as the leading optical solution for the Metro Edge.

BTI Photonic Systems Inc., a leading global supplier of optical networking solutions for the build-out of new broadband services at the Metro Edge, today announced the appointment of Marco Pagani as Chairman of its Board of Directors. With extensive experience in Optical and Packet Networking and a proven track record for driving business momentum, Mr. Pagani will help propel BTI’s growth strategy as an innovative leader in the optical industry.

Formerly President of Nortel’s Metro Optical and Optical Ethernet Network divisions, Mr. Pagani has more than 20 years of experience delivering impressive growth results and establishing global market leadership. Mr. Pagani has been an integral member of BTI’s Board of Directors since 2005.

“Marco’s appointment provides us with an industry expert to assist us in setting our strategy and vetting our execution as we continue our aggressive market expansion,” said Lance Laking, President and CEO of BTI Photonic Systems. “Marco has been an active member of BTI’s board of directors and his appointment as chairman is a result of his vision, leadership and excellence. We are pleased to continue working with him on BTI’s goal of providing the leading optical networking solution for the Metro Edge.”

The global demand for broadband services delivery beyond large downtown core networks continues to surge at a rapid rate. As 3G, IPTV and fiber-to-the-home continue to grow, service providers are experiencing increasing pressure to deliver network capacity at the edge in a manner that scales economically. BTI’s photonic layer approach with its Netstender™ WDM solution for broadband services connectivity in both the Metro Edge and Regional markets provides carriers with a superior value proposition to scale their networks.

“BTI is in an excellent position to take advantage of the massive shift towards Ethernet as the delivery medium for next-generation broadband services at the Metro Edge,” said Marco Pagani, Chairman of BTI. “With the intense pressure carriers are under to deliver revenue and margin, BTI brings an agility, time to market and scalability advantage to customer’s that is disrupting the optical industry at the network Edge.”

BTI at TelecomNEXT 2006

BTI Photonic Systems will unveil its next generation architecture at TelecomNEXT from March 21-22 in Las Vegas at booth #2126. BTI’s Dr. Ahmed Atieh, Director of Optical Engineering, will be presenting “Metro Networks – Design Considerations for ROADM Networks”, Tuesday, March 21st at 12:30 p.m. John Mills VP of Product Management will be presenting “10 GE Becomes Mainstream – Real Life Deployment Experiences.” Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00 a.m.

About BTI Photonic Systems

With a focus on making broadband telecommunications networks more flexible, easier to operate and more economical, BTI Photonic Systems has developed its WDM Netstender™ platform, the industry's first metro edge optical system designed to utilize photonic layer architecture. Netstender consolidates key transport capabilities (DWDM/CWDM, Optical Multiplexing, Amplification, Dispersion Compensation and Wavelength Translation) within a single network element delivering industry leading CAPEX and OPEX savings, density and future-proof networking capabilities for metro edge and regional applications. BTI’s Netstender addresses the issues of fiber relief, reach extension, 10G, 1G, and metro Ethernet service overlay enabling carriers to deliver new high-speed services while dramatically reducing their costs and increasing their overall market footprint. For more information, visit

For more information please contact:

Glenn Thurston

BTI Photonic Systems


Cerys Goodall

High Road Communications

613-236-0909 (309)

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