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Higher Capacity Upgrades Now Easier and More Cost-Effective

CHELTENHAM - August 27, 2004 - ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) announced today that KRONE, recently acquired by ADC, has launched a new blown-fibre option for its highly successful OM3 10 Gigabit per Second (Gigabit/s) fibre solution.

Offering 10 Gigabit/s link lengths up to 300 metres, the new KRONE OM3 grade fibre can be blown-in to new or existing blown fibre tubes in bundles of 4, 8 or 12 fibres.

"The beauty of blown fibre installation," said Alastair Waite, fibre product manager of KRONE products for ADC, "is that upgrades to higher capacity can be performed simply and cost-effectively without expensive and disruptive cable laying."

Using simple fibre-blowing apparatus, the whole 300 metre length of between 4 and 12 fibres can be blown-in in a matter of minutes. Once the upgraded fibre links are commissioned and in service any previously used fibre can be simply recovered and re-used elsewhere.

The new OM3 blown fibre has a minimum effective modal bandwidth (EMB) of 2, at 850mm wavelength with LASER OR VCSEL excitation. It also eliminates the need for mode-conditioning patch cords on 1,300mm systems.

As with all fibre solutions developed by KRONE, the new OM3-grade 10 Gigabit/s blown fibre is fully supported with fibre patch panels, a range of fibre connectors, patch cords and pig-tails.

The OM3 blown fibre is suitable for 10 Gigabit/s Ethernet, OC-192 as well as FC, 2xFC and 4xFC fibre channel commonly used in Storage Area Networks (SANs) and data centres. It meets TIA/EIA-492 AAAC, ISO/IEC 11801 OM and IEC 60793-2-10 A1a.2 standards.

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About ADC and KRONE
ADC completed its acquisition of the KRONE Group on May 18, 2004. ADC is a world leader in providing global network infrastructure products, services and software that enable the profitable delivery of high-speed Internet, data, video, and voice services over our customers' unique networks. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 100 countries. KRONE has served the industry as the leading manufacturer and supplier of fibre cabling, interconnection and distribution devices used in copper and fibre optic telecommunications and data networks. More information on KRONE is available at Learn more about ADC Telecommunications, Inc. at

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