Mike Unger Joins BTI Photonic Systems' Board of Directors

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Industry leader joins as independent board member bringing expertise to support BTI growth. BTI Photonic Systems Inc., a global supplier of microWDM networking solutions for the delivery of gigabit services, today announced that Mike Unger, an Executive Consultant, has joined its Board of Directors as an independent board member.

Mike has been a driving force in our industry and we look forward to working with him. His insight and expertise will greatly benefit BTI and contribute to our focus in delivering differentiated microWDM solutions for the build out of video and new broadband services at the network Edge.

BTI Photonic Systems Inc., a global supplier of microWDM networking solutions for the delivery of gigabit services, today announced that Mike Unger, an Executive Consultant, has joined its Board of Directors as an independent board member.

A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Mike Unger formerly served as the President of Nortel Networks. At Nortel, he led the $10 billion Optical Networks business unit, with responsibility for the development and implementation of global, IP-optimized managed networks, services, and solutions. Currently, Mr. Unger currently serves on the Boards of EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. (EXFO-Q, EXF-T), Nakina Systems Inc., Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (TUN-T) and Tropic Networks Inc. With extensive experience in the optical networking industry, Mr. Unger will advise and provide business development guidance to BTI as the company continues to scale out its microWDM business globally.

"I'm very pleased to announce Mike's appointment," said Lance Laking, President and CEO of BTI Photonic Systems. "Mike has been a driving force in our industry and we look forward to working with him. His insight and expertise will greatly benefit BTI and contribute to our focus in delivering differentiated microWDM solutions for the build out of video and new broadband services at the network Edge."

Having deployed more than 1,000 systems, in 10 countries, BTI is expanding its business across North America and Europe as gigabit services continue to pour onto fiber. With over 60 customers, BTI will leverage Mike's leadership and expertise in identifying service provider challenges in Edge applications and work to deliver real world business solutions for robust broadband delivery across the entire network.

BTI's microWDM optical networking technology makes it possible to build easy-to-manage, scalable, future-proof and protocol-independent converged networks that combine multiple streams of information--both new and existing traffic--for transmission across a single physical fiber connection in regional and metropolitan networks. With microWDM, every fiber can be optimized to support a graceful scale-up from 1Gbps to 320 Gbps. BTI's solution also gives service providers the flexibility to upgrade existing fiber to deliver Ethernet and wavelength services.

About BTI Photonic Systems
BTI Photonic Systems helps service providers respond rapidly and cost-effectively to the skyrocketing demand for bandwidth in today's gigabit world. BTI's Netstenderâ„¢ platform--the industry's first microWDM system with an open photonic-layer architecture--extends high-bandwidth transport services to the metro network's edge. By consolidating key transport capabilities (DWDM/CWDM, optical multiplexing, amplification, dispersion compensation and wavelength translation) within a single network element, Netstender delivers industry-leading capital and operational savings while future-proofing networking capabilities. Addressing the needs for fiber relief and reach extension--and enabling 10G, 1G, and metro Ethernet service overlays--Netstender allows carriers to deliver gigabit services economically while dramatically increasing their overall market footprint. For more information, visit http://www.btiphotonics.com.

For more information please contact:
Glenn Thurston
BTI Photonic Systems
613-248-9154

Cerys Goodall
High Road Communications
613-236-0909 (309)

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