Tektronix Announces High Performance, Handheld Optical Tester
Modular NetTek™ Platform Serves Optical Installation and Maintenance Measurement Needs

Tektronix, Inc. , a leading developer of test, measurement and monitoring equipment for the global communications networks and Internet technologies, today announced the introduction of a comprehensive line of handheld or "mini" optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) and optical power meter modules, and the NetTek™ Analyzer, the control and display platform that houses the new modules. The nine new OTDR modules will enable fiber optic network providers and Inter-Exchange Carriers (IXCs) to inventory and maintain far fewer instrument types to accomplish many different measurement tasks.

The OTDR family is Tektronix' next-generation entry into long-haul (300 km and up) fiber installations, and also addresses short- and mid-range fiber optic networks. The modules set performance benchmarks in their class, continuing the long tradition of Tektronix leadership in OTDR technology.

"As a result of customer demand, Tektronix is committed to providing innovative solutions that help drive our customers through the evolving information infrastructure," said Scott Bausback, vice president, Communications Business Unit, Tektronix, Inc. "Communications network operators and IXCs are racing to keep up with capacity demands, and that means an increase in field work to install new infrastructures and maintain existing networks. Our new handheld platform puts all of the key performance and conformance testing tools in one package and ushers in the next generation of both OTDRs and installation and maintenance tools."

New Tools Save Time and Effort; Simplify Measurement Tasks

The modular Tektronix NetTek platform simultaneously accepts up to four OTDR modules plus an optical power meter. The OTDR modules address virtually every prevailing mode, wavelength, and fiber optic network, and both In-Band and Out-of-Band measurements.

The NetTek platform is designed to accommodate an expanding line of measurement modules currently in development. In the future, its applicability will broaden into other communications market areas, all of which will benefit from the platform's portability and innate ease of use.

Price and Availability

The new OTDR modules are available now, with US pricing starting at $5,900 (not including the platform), Optical Power Meter cards are available with US pricing starting at $1,250 and the NetTek™ Analyzer platform is available for $4,500. Delivery is 20 weeks after receipt of order. For more information about the NetTek Analyzer, its optical test modules, or other communications test solutions from Tektronix, please visit http://www.tektronix.com/, or write on company letterhead to Tektronix, Inc., PO Box 3960, Portland, OR 97208-3960. From the United States, call our toll-free number, 800-426-2200 (code 1204), or fax your inquiry to 503-222-1542.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc., is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. With over 50 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy and manage next generation global communications networks and Internet technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 25 countries worldwide.

NOTE: Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc. All other trade names referenced are the service marks, trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

CONTACT: Steve Kuyatt of Tektronix, Inc., 503-627-2001, or steven.j.kuyatt@tektronix.com.

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