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Polatis Signs Worldwide Distribution Agreement with JDS Uniphase

OFC/NFOEC, Anaheim, CA - March 9, 2005 - Polatis Ltd today announced a worldwide sales distribution Agreement with JDS Uniphase Corporation. This agreement brings together the Polatis family of high performance Optical Cross-Connect Switches with JDS Uniphase’s network of resellers, direct sales, and distribution channels. The Polatis products offer industry leading performance and will be sold as part of the JDS Uniphase product range.

Polatis has developed a highly reliable, compact and ultra-high performance Micro-Actuation and Sensing System (MASS). The MASS technology utilises tried and tested sub-components, such as piezoelectric actuators and optical collimators, to produce Direct Beam Steering (DBS) optical switches.

Dave Lewis, Polatis CEO said, “We are delighted with the agreement and the prospects for ongoing collaboration with JDS Uniphase. We have built up a results driven team and believe the Polatis product range of optical switches to be an unparalleled market leader. Polatis couldn’t ask for a better distribution partner to bring the world class performance of our optical switch to instrumentation customers around the globe.”

Thomas Znotins, Senior Vice President of JDS Uniphase’s Subsystems Products Group said, “To provide customers with instrumentation solutions that complement our existing portfolio, a broad range of optical switches available in the market were assessed. The high performance and small physical size of the Polatis optical switches make them a clear choice for our instrumentation customers.”

Mike Bitting, Polatis Sales Director added, “The novel technology and outstanding performance of the Polatis optical switch products provide a compelling solution to a wide range of customer applications. The coupling of Polatis products with JDS Uniphase’s market reach is a powerful and beneficial combination for our customers.”

About Polatis Ltd

Since inception in 2000, Polatis has set the benchmark in ultra-low loss optical switching. Its patented direct 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, defense and instrumentation sectors. The company is located in Cambridge, UK on the country's foremost Science Park. Polatis is backed by 3i, Alta Berkeley, Prelude and EonTech.

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

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Abbie Clarke
Marketing Coordinator
Polatis Ltd
332 Cambridge Science Park
Cambridge, CB4 0BZ, UK
+44 (0)1223 394807