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ONI Systems Unites Multi-Vendor Optical Network in Standards-Based Protocol Signaling Demonstration.

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 29, 2001

Interoperability Demo at SUPERCOMM 2001 Showcases Optical

Internetworking Forum User Network Interface with Agilent,

ONI Systems, Redback Networks and Tellium

ONI Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:ONIS), a leading provider of optical telecommunications systems for metropolitan and regional markets, today announced that it will participate in a demonstration of optical User Network Interface (UNI) interoperability at SUPERCOMM 2001 in Atlanta, June 5-7 in the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) Booth No. 150D. A protocol developed by the OIF, UNI enables the dynamic set up and tear down of optical circuit connections across multi-vendor, multi-technology networks. In the demonstration, ONI will partner with Agilent Technologies, Redback Networks Inc. and Tellium to exhibit dynamic control of an OC-48 service across an optical network topology that includes access, metro core and long-haul elements.

"Our customers have a strong interest in accelerating provisioning times and reducing operations costs through embedded automation and end-to-end network management of the optical layer," said Teresa Engelhard, vice president, Software Solutions, ONI Systems. "We are delighted to take the first steps towards addressing these needs with our partners in the first broadly supported, standards-based optical internetworking demonstration."

The ONLINE7000 transport platform, which will be featured in the demonstration, delivers service transparency and scales from a single wavelength up to 33 protected wavelengths, allowing for capacity upgrades without disrupting existing traffic. Its universal transceivers support virtually any type of traffic, including Fibre Channel, GbE, IP, SONET/SDH, and more. The system's flexible architecture provides an optical unidirectional path switched ring (O-UPSR) protection scheme with a failure recovery rate of 50 milliseconds or less.

To see a public demonstration of UNI interoperability, stop by the OIF Booth No. 150D June 5-7 during SUPERCOMM 2001 exhibit hours.

About Optical UNI Interoperability

OIF's UNI agreement enables client devices to dynamically set up and tear down optical circuit connections across the transport network. During interoperability testing, participating vendors followed a rigid test methodology defined by OIF's ad-hoc interop testing group. The methodology focused on using RSVP UNI extensions to dynamically set up and tear down optical connections. Devices that demonstrated interoperability included Clients, Optical Network Elements (ONE), proxy ONEs, proxy Clients and UNI conformance test suites. Both the control plane and optical transport layer were verified for appropriate behavior during the trials.

About OIF

Launched in April of 1998, OIF is a rapidly growing, non-profit organization with 360+ member companies to date, including many of the world's leading carriers and vendors. As the only industry group uniting representatives from packet and voice networks, the OIF helps advance the standards and methods of optical networks. OIF's purpose is to accelerate the deployment of interoperable, cost-effective and robust optical internetworks and their associated technologies. Optical internetworks are data networks composed of routers and data switches interconnected by optical networking elements.

With the goal of promoting worldwide compatibility of optical internetworking products, the OIF actively supports and extends the work of national and international standards bodies. Formal liaisons have been established with The ATM Forum, IEEE 802.3 HSSG and the IETF. More information on the OIF can be found at

About ONI Systems

ONI Systems (Nasdaq:ONIS) develops, markets and sells optical networking equipment specifically designed to address bandwidth and service limitations of regional and metropolitan networks. Our products allow communication service providers to rapidly build high-capacity metro networks that are flexible, scalable and able to support multiple services on a single platform. Our products include the ONLINE11000, ONLINE9000, ONLINE7000, and ONLINE2500 transport platforms; the ONWAVE(TM) OC-48 SONET/SDH Add/Drop Multiplexer and the ONWAVE Data Multiplexer; and OC-192/STM-64 (10 gigabits per second) interface. The ONLINE(TM) transport platforms incorporate the OPTX(TM) operating system for wavelength and service management in optical networks and the OLMP(TM) optical link management protocol suite for internetworking between the optical transport and data or voice switching layers of the network. For more information about ONI and its products, visit the company Web site at

This press release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and is subject to the safe harbor created by this section. Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our limited operating history which makes forecasting our future revenue and operating results difficult, our ability to develop and to achieve market acceptance of new products, our dependence on a small number of customers, our ability to add additional customers and our dependence on sole or limited source suppliers for several key components. These and other risks and uncertainties are described from time-to-time in ONI Systems' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including ONI Systems' quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2001, ONI Systems' annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and other documents on file with the SEC.

Note to Editors: ONI Systems, ONI, the ONI logo, ONLINE, OPTX, OLMP and ONWAVE are trademarks or registered trademarks of ONI Systems Corp. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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