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Sycamore and Siemens Announce Integrated Optical and Network Management Solutions.

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Siemens Information and Communication Networks, Inc., a subsidiary of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), and Sycamore Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMR), announced today that milestones in the Siemens and Sycamore joint development work have been completed to provide new and existing service provider customers with an integrated network solution consisting of Siemens' DWDM long haul transmission, SDH systems, network management systems, and Sycamore's SN 16000 intelligent optical switch. The integration work is part of a previously announced global strategic alliance to deliver next generation optical networks solutions.

Highlights of the completed development work include:

-- Transport integration of the Siemens DWDM transmission system

SURPASS hiT 7500 and Sycamore's SN 16000 intelligent optical


-- Integration of Sycamore's SILVX NMS and Siemens TNMS

-- Protection scheme inter-working between Siemens SDH Add/Drop

Multiplexers and Sycamore's SN 16000 intelligent optical


Seamless Integration of Switching and Transport

Sycamore's SN 16000 is now integrated with Siemens DWDM transmission system SURPASS hiT 7500 at the optical layer enabling most cost-effective high bandwidth backbone solutions with outstanding optical performance. By eliminating the need for back-to-back client transponders at switching locations, the solution enables service providers to achieve a significant reduction in the number of O/E/O (Optical to Electrical to Optical conversion) transponders and in power and space requirements. The integrated solution enables transmission for more than 2500 km without the need for costly O/E/O regeneration. Additionally, support for advanced features like automated system performance optimization greatly reduce the required time to turn-up, install and optimize the performance of optical services which is driving operational expenditures and capital expenditures further down. This integrated solution has already been successfully demonstrated to customers.

End-to-End Management of Multi-vendor Networks

With the integration of Sycamore's SILVX Network Management System (NMS) with Siemens TNMS (Telecommunications Network Management System), service providers using the TNMS system can transparently manage the SN 16000 for tasks such as fault management, performance management and service provisioning. The integration of the SN 16000 into Siemens TNMS enables true end-to-end network management of mixed Siemens-Sycamore networks, and simplifies operation and maintenance.

Inter-working of Multiple Protection Schemes

A significant engineering achievement of the two companies is the successful inter-working of multiple protection schemes between Siemens SDH ADMs and the SN 16000. Service providers using the Sycamore SN 16000 intelligent optical switch and Siemens SDH ADMs will be able to inter-work Siemens' 2F/4F BSHR protection scheme with any other traditional ring or dynamic mesh protection scheme supported by the SN 16000.

With the Siemens and Sycamore optical networking solution, the Sycamore SN 16000 provides compact, scalable, integrated ring-based terminations and cross-connections while inter-working with Siemens SDH ADM products. The joint solution will enable remote configuration of the Siemens SDH rings through the SN 16000 switching system, providing improved efficiencies and simplified operational procedures.

"We accomplished significant achievements in our joint development work, enabling us to offer our customers integrated optical network solutions. This is a great step within our next generation optics strategy," commented Matthias Lahr, Senior Vice President Solution Management Transport at Siemens ICN.

"Our teams have worked hard to offer a value-rich and tightly integrated optical network solution," said Kevin Oye, Vice President of Systems and Technology at Sycamore. "Service providers stand to benefit from the lower network costs and increased service flexibility provided by the Siemens-Sycamore solutions."

About Sycamore Networks

Sycamore Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCMR) develops and markets intelligent optical networking products for the telecommunications industry. Sycamore's optical switching products are forming the network foundation for some of the world's most respected and innovative service providers. The software intelligence common to all Sycamore products empowers rapid deployment and delivery of services, from the edge to the core of the network. Contact Sycamore Networks at

Sycamore Networks note to editors: Sycamore Networks, etc. are trademarks of Sycamore Networks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Except for the historical information contained herein, we wish to caution you that certain matters discussed in this news release constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results or events could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including but not limited to the rate of product purchases by current and prospective customers; the commercial success of the Company's line of intelligent optical networking products; the Company's reliance on a limited number of customers; new product introductions and enhancements by the Company and its competitors; the length and variability of the sales cycles for the Company's products; competition; manufacturing and sourcing risks; variations in the Company's quarterly results; general economic conditions including stock market volatility and capital market conditions as well as conditions specific to the telecommunications, Internet and related industries; and the other factors discussed in the Company's most recently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the other reports filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), headquartered in Munich, is a leading global electronics and engineering company. Siemens and its subsidiaries employ 426,000 people in 192 countries and reported worldwide sales of $77.8 billion in fiscal 2002 (10/1/01 - 9/30/02). The United States is Siemens' largest market in the world, with 11 of Siemens' worldwide businesses headquartered here and annual sales of $21.5 billion in fiscal 2002. The Siemens companies in the U.S. employ approximately 70,000 people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Corporate headquarters for Siemens' U.S. businesses are located in New York City. For more information:

Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc. is one of Siemens' operating companies in the United States. ICN is a leading provider of integrated voice and data networks and solutions for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Based in Boca Raton, Fla., Siemens ICN's two primary divisions, Enterprise Networks and Carrier Networks, deliver innovative answers to customers seeking to reduce operating costs and grow revenues. Efficient Networks, a Siemens-owned affiliate company, provides broadband Internet access products. For more information:

Siemens note to editors: This press release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens' management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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