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Polatis signs distribution agreement with Marubun for Japanese telecom market

Leading Japanese distributor to represent Polatis products in Japan

Boston, MA, February 20, 2006 – Polatis Inc., one of the world’s most advanced suppliers of optical switch products, today announced a distribution agreement with Marubun Corporation. Under the terms of this agreement, the Polatis line of optical switches will be available to Marubun’s network of sales channels for the Japanese telecommunications market.

Utilizing its patented DirectLight® Technology, Polatis inc., who have successfully developed a broad range of products for the defense, test and measurement, network configuration, and network monitoring markets, now look to Marubun to expand the company’s presence in Japan.

Dave Lewis, CEO of Polatis, commented, “Polatis is delighted to have Marubun as our partner in Japan, to represent us in the growing optical switch market for Telecommunications networks. The timing is ideal, as we look to build upon our successes in other markets, and expand our presence and leadership into the Japanese market. The strength of the Polatis offering, combined with Marubun’s excellent reputation, is a strong combination for our customers.”

Marubun will be distributing a number of products in the Polatis family of switches, including the OST (Optical Switch tray) and OSM (Optical Switch Module), ideal for local or remote network reconfiguration, allowing for rapid restoration, span testing, and monitoring of fiber optic networks.

"Marubun is pleased to be representing Polatis in Japan and sees tremendous potential for Polatis’ industry leading optical switch products”, said Takashi Nozaki, Marubun Senior Vice President and System Company President. The comments from our customers regarding the Polatis switch products at the recent FOE tradeshow confirmed our belief that we are working with an industry leader. Through our partnership with Polatis, we are confident that Marubun will be able to provide Polatis products with our wide variety of line card products for the optical communication market."

The new Polatis agreement in Japan comes as the company prepares for its largest ever participation at OFC/NFOEC 2006, one of the world’s largest optical communications conferences and exhibitions.

About Polatis

Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. Its patented DirectLight(R) optical beam steering technology is powering the creation of highly reliable and compact photonic switching solutions. Polatis delivers a broad range of optical switching products with class-leading performance to customers in the communications, video, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company has headquarters located near Boston, Massachusetts and in Cambridge, UK. Polatis Inc. is supported through investments by 3i Group, Alta Berkeley, Prelude Trust, EonTech Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, JK&B Capital, Boston Millennia Partners, Harris and Harris Group, GE Capital, MTDC, Arcadian Venture Partners, and Gainesborough Investments.

To learn more please visit our website at: www.polatis.com

About Marubun Corp:

Founded in 1844, Marubun services a broad array of customers in a broad array of markets ranging from semiconductor manufacturing, industrial sensing and measurement, to telecommunications systems and components. The Systems Sales and Marketing Division of Marubun is a leading distributor of optical components and subsystems to the telecommunications industry in Japan.

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Aaron A. Bent, PhD
VP, Marketing and Business Development
Polatis, Inc.
978-670-4910, x189