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Atrica named a top IPO or M&A candidate by Light Reading

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Atrica Inc., a supplier of Carrier Ethernet systems, has been named a finalist in the "Top IPO or M&A Candidate" category of the new annual Leading Lights industry awards program being conducted by Light Reading. This award program will recognize top public and private companies and their executives for their outstanding achievements in the telecommunications industry. Atrica was selected as a finalist from a pool of entries from over 280 companies.

Finalists for the Top IPO or M&A candidate category were selected for their leading management, outstanding products and financial stability, as well as their potential to launch a successful IPO or be acquired on their own terms within the next 12 months. Light Reading editors, Heavy Reading analysts and invited experts from leading investment banks and venture capital firms tapped their extensive network of sources for a wealth of information on the candidate companies, most specifically for information about customers, revenue, product performance and potential profitability.

"Our panel of judges believes that Atrica is in the right market, with the right products, which it's selling to the right customers," said Scott Raynovich, U.S. editor for Light Reading.

"Being selected by Light Reading's inaugural Leading Lights industry awards program is a true honor," said Nan Chen, vice president of marketing for Atrica. "This recognition is a clear demonstration of the business and technical benefits that our Carrier Ethernet technology is delivering to service providers worldwide, as well as our ability to set forth and successfully execute on a winning business model."

The industry's first Carrier Ethernet products, Atrica's Optical Ethernet Systems were designed in collaboration with world-class telecommunications service providers to meet their most critical business and technical challenges. Combining the numerous benefits of ethernet technology -- including its low-cost, proven scalability, ease of management and ubiquity in the enterprise market -- with innovations in traffic engineering/management and optical switching, Atrica's optical ethernet systems allow service providers to deliver the ultimate broadband triple-play services to residential and business customers, while dramatically reducing their capital and operational expenditures. In addition, Atrica's optical ethernet systems uniquely meet the stringent demands of next-generation transport networks:

* High-performance/scalability

* Hard, guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs) and QoS

* 50ms network-wide resiliency against multiple, simultaneous failures

* Flexible, comprehensive point-and-click management and provisioning capabilities

* Ethernet circuit emulation services (CES) for support of TDM traffic

Light Reading Telecom Investment Conference

The Leading Lights winners will be announced at an award dinner following the Light Reading Telecom Investment Conference. Taking place Dec. 15, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the conference is dedicated to providing the financial community -- as well as telecom vendors, operators and their customers -- with the proprietary industry intelligence and analysis they need to maximize their return on the next-generation telecom market opportunity. The conference agenda will draw on the results of exclusive new research from Light Reading's market research division, Heavy Reading. These include the results of a series of massive surveys that for the first time reveal the next-generation technology purchasing plans of enterprise and consumer end users, service providers, and system vendors. The information from these surveys will provide conference attendees with unique insight into the investment opportunities presented by all of the key new telecom technologies and services. For more information, visit www.lightreading.com.

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