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Avanex Adds to Industry-Leading Optical Amplifiers With New Platform for L-Band Transmissions.

Avanex Corporation today announced an extension of its well-established line of optical amplification solutions with the introduction of an erbium doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) platform for L-band transmissions in long-haul and metro applications.

Avanex's L-band amplifier s, part of the company's comprehensive array of optical subsystems, modules and components, leverage the company's market-leading position in C-band amplifiers and provide superior performance, reliability, and cost advantages over custom L-band solutions.

"The addition of optical amplifiers for L-band transmissions gives service providers the benefits of our field-proven technology as they either expand capacity or deploy new optical fiber links utilizing L-band transmission, which significantly increases overall information transmission capacity," Dr. Giovanni Barbarossa, Avanex's Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Active Components, said. "Our L-band solutions are designed to minimize current customers' engineering expense and enable faster time to market by allowing them to capitalize existing product design devised for our C-band offerings."

"As our customers have looked to complement their product offering with L-band transmission systems, Avanex has focused on expanding its offering of L-band amplifiers to meet their needs," Dr. Doug Hall, Avanex Vice President, Optical Line Modules and an Optical Society Fellow recognized for his work on Optical Amplifiers. "The first implementations of L-band amps were highly customized and did not make significant use of techniques learned from the volume deployment of C-band amplifiers. Our newest L-band amplifiers are built from a solid platform architecture that leverages much of the electronic and mechanical componentry of C-band amplifiers. This allows us to meet the individual needs of customers, with competitive costs and with faster time-to-market."

The addition of a line of L-band optical amplifiers also gives Avanex opportunities in new markets where dispersion-shifted (DS) fiber is widely deployed and has improved L-band transmission capability. In new deployments, Avanex's L-band amplifiers also offer best-in-class electronic controls architecture, which is now enjoyed by Avanex's C-band amplifiers. As a result, the new L-band amplifiers provide best-in-class optical transient response from the outset.

Avanex's other amplification solutions such as its PureGain(TM) 2600 Variable Gain EDFA for Metropolitan Networks and PureGain(TM) 5500 Variable Gain EDFA for Long-Haul Networks are recognized as industry leaders.

These and other leading optical subsystems, modules and components from Avanex will be on display during OFC/NFOEC 2005, which is being held March 8-10 in the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. Avanex will be in Booth #2041 in Hall C.

About Avanex

Avanex Corporation is a leading global provider of Intelligent Photonic Solutions(TM) to meet the needs of fiber optic communications networks for greater capacity, longer distance transmissions, improved connectivity, higher speeds and lower costs. These solutions enable or enhance optical wavelength multiplexing, dispersion compensation, switching and routing, transmission, amplification, and include network-managed subsystems. Avanex was incorporated in 1997 and is headquartered in Fremont, California. Avanex also maintains facilities in Erwin Park, N.Y.; Nozay, France; and San Donato, Italy. The facilities also are home to Avanex's Centers of Excellence for specialized research and manufacturing. To learn more about Avanex, visit our Web site at: http://www.avanex.com/.

CONTACT: investor relations, Mark Weinswig, +1-510-897-4344, or fax, +1-510-897-4345, or mark_weinswig@avanex.com, or media, Cynthia Quan, +1-510-897-4211, or fax, +1-510-897-4343, or cynthia_quan@avanex.com, both of Avanex

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