The march towards all-optical networks continues, promising huge increases in bandwidth. Photonics was first introduced into the long haul (LH) and ultra-long haul (ULH) markets (i.e. inter-city and inter-continental). Breakthroughs in device technology are enabling the cost-effective penetration of regional and metropolitan markets, and offering the promise of removing the bottleneck in the first mile. Eagle One Ventures is involved with both system and component companies in the optical networking space.






http://www.tropicnetworks.com
Tropic Networks' mission is to enable carriers to satisfy the explosive, overpowering demand for high-bandwidth data services in metropolitan area networks. Tropic is building the foundation for that future: an innovative, next-generation optical IP services platform that seamlessly integrates data services with optical transport - enabling carriers to rapidly deliver new, high-bandwidth services in their bid to stay competitive in the next generation.

Eagle One's Role:
Conrad provides ongoing advice to Tropic in his role on the Advisory Board and has also invested in the company.

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http://www.meriton.com
Meriton Networks Inc. (formerly edgeflow Inc.) is a privately held wavelength networking company. Meriton is building an advanced metro optical networking element called an Optical Add/Drop Switch (OADX). By integrating optical switching and transmission within a single unit, the OADX delivers immediate reductions in cost and network complexity for carriers and service providers. Meriton Networks offers a unique wavelength transparent solution (bit-rate and protocol independent) with superior performance monitoring and network management.

Eagle One's Role:
On behalf of Newbury Ventures, Eagle One Ventures led a US$18.5M financing in September 2001 with a US$5M Newbury investment in Meriton. Ken serves on Meriton's Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
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http://www.metrophotonics.com
MetroPhotonics™ is building next generation WDM optical telecommunications components to accelerate the deployment of the optical network by providing low-cost, passive and active high channel count solutions for network reconfigurability and diagnostics. These components, based on MetroPhotonics' innovative patented planar waveguide technology, enable the development of photonic integrated circuits.

Eagle One's Role:
Conrad is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metrophotonics and he has also invested in the company.
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http://www.optovation.com
Optovation designs, manufactures and markets next generation "smart modules" which, when integrated with the next generation of optical systems, enable intelligent optical networks which are cheaper for carriers to build and operate, perform better for the carriers' customers and facilitate the introduction of new services. The Company's initial smart modules address optical performance monitoring and all-optical wavelength conversion for carriers' metropolitan networks.

Eagle One's Role:
On behalf of Newbury Ventures, Eagle One Ventures led a US$23.0M financing in November 2001 with a US$5M Newbury investment in Optovation. Ken serves on Optovation's Board of Directors.
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