Onetta Expands in Europe, Appoints Thorn

March 4, 2002
Onetta, Inc. (www.onetta.com), a developer and manufacturer of Intelligent Optical Engines (IOEs), has expanded its sales initiatives into the European market by entering into a distribution agreement with AMS Technologies AG. Headquartered in Munich, Germany with additional offices in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, AMS Technologies is a European distributor of optical/electronic components and systems

Onetta, Inc. (www.onetta.com), a developer and manufacturer of Intelligent Optical Engines (IOEs), has expanded its sales initiatives into the European market by entering into a distribution agreement with AMS Technologies AG. Headquartered in Munich, Germany with additional offices in Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, AMS Technologies is a European distributor of optical/electronic components and systems. The terms of the distribution agreement also include technical and application support, and design services from AMS Technologies.

To further accelerate its sales penetration into Europe, Onetta has named Dr. Peter Thorn, Director, European Sales and Business Development. Dr. Thorn, who is located in the United Kingdom, will be responsible for positioning Onetta's portfolio of intelligent products, including C and L band EDFAs, Raman amplifiers, and DGE subsystems with incumbent and emerging network equipment manufacturers throughout Europe. Prior to joining Onetta, Dr. Thorn served as Director of Product Portfolio Management for Nortel Networks' High Performance Optical Components (HPOC) group.

"European network equipment manufacturers will greatly benefit from Onetta's intelligent subsystems now offered through AMS Technologies, " said Judith de Forrest Wilson of AMS Technologies. "Onetta's superior product portfolio coupled with easy access to AMS's local field application engineers and key logistic services, will allow customers to deploy their systems more quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively."

"The European network equipment manufacturers are very significant global players in the deployment of optical transport systems", said Andy Lovit, VP of Worldwide Sales at Onetta. "Having Peter on board directing our European IOE sales efforts coupled with the sales and support offered by the exceptional team at AMS Technologies, will prove an effective formula for penetrating this important market."

Onetta, Inc. develops and manufactures Intelligent Optical Engines (IOEs) for network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and network service providers (NSPs) deploying regional, metropolitan and global networks. Onetta produces timely, cost-effective and customized products to help NEMs and NSPs build high-performance optical networks with flexible bandwidth provisioning. The company has expertise in all levels of optical networking, from system engineering to optical and electronic control systems. Onetta was founded in February 2000 and has received significant funding from Matrix Partners, Sequoia Capital, HarbourVest Partners, Sumitomo Corporation, J. & W. Seligman & Co., JP Morgan H&Q and BlueStream Ventures. For more information on the company please visit http://www.onetta.com.

AMS Technologies, founded 1982, is now one of Europe's leading distributors of electronic components and systems. AMS Technologies Group, headquartered in Martinsried/Munich, today comprises five technology divisions with a total of 80 staff. The five areas of core competency - CompuTech Division, Electronic Division, Fiberoptic Division, OptoTech Division and ThermoTech Division - each command superior knowledge of their specific markets. Find out more about the AMS Technologies Group on the Internet at: http://www.ams-technologies.com.

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