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Aktino Repeater Enables Carriers to Shatter 50 Mbps Loop Distance Limitations

IRVINE, California, June 26, 2008 – Aktino today introduced a repeater for its industry-leading bonded copper equipment that doubles the reach of high-bandwidth backhaul and Ethernet services capacity, enabling bandwidth of more than 50 Mbps over eight copper pairs to as far as 24,000 feet from the central office.

Simply by placing the Aktino repeater at the midpoint of the span, ILECs can bring much higher bandwidths to remote copper-fed DSLAMs, cell sites, and business customers.

The repeater, available later this summer, allows carriers to serve a footprint far larger than the typical 12,000-foot-radius Carrier Serving Area (CSA), the standard reference for copper-based services. It broadens the effective CSA from a circle of 16 square miles to a circle of 64 square miles, a four-fold increase.

With the new repeater, Aktino has further established itself as the leader in delivering high bandwidth Carrier Ethernet and broadband services over bonded copper. The company is able to deliver such high bandwidth throughout the CSA by using its signature asymmetric transmission, coupled with its industry-leading MIMO on DMT technology for high per-pair bandwidth. The asymmetric approach – unique to Aktino – enables carriers to tailor their bandwidth to customer needs, and with the new repeater, the reach of that bandwidth is vastly expanded.

“Typically, as you extend reach, the per-pair bandwidth rate decreases, but with the new Aktino repeater, this effect is mitigated,” said Lonnie Martin, CEO of Aktino. “This makes it possible for service providers to implement a network-wide service delivery strategy, rather than be limited to the traditional CSA service territory.”

The line-powered repeater is suited for outdoor use and will be available for the eight-pair Ethernet product family initially. It uses the same MIMO on DMT technology that has earned Aktino its reputation as the leader in throughput over copper. Aktino developed the repeater to address service providers’ increasing demand for products that cost-effectively address the needs of long-reach backhaul applications, as well as to extend the coverage area for Ethernet services.

This is the second major advancement Aktino has announced this month. Its earlier announcement made public the company’s ability to achieve bandwidth of 100 Mbps over 16 copper pairs for DS3 and Ethernet-based backhaul and other applications. The 100 Mbps capacity covers the entire CSA using asymmetric transmission, and shorter reaches with symmetric transmission. Aktino’s planned 16-pair version of the repeater will double the reach of those industry-leading capacities to 30,000 feet.

“Performance like this, over such a huge area, truly puts Aktino in a league of its own in terms of the ability to provide network-wide service delivery,” Martin said.

About Aktino

Aktino provides carrier-class bonded copper solutions that enable ILECs to respond to customer hunger for bandwidth fast and network-wide by leveraging their considerable in-place copper loop infrastructure. Aktino invented MIMO-on-DMT technology for the copper loop environment because of its superiority over earlier G.SHDSL approaches.  In so doing Aktino gave ILECs a real ability to postpone many fiber deployment investments and still remain very competitive in their service offering as well as drive their broadband service revenues.   Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Irvine, California, Aktino products are deployed worldwide for the transport of DS3 and high speed Ethernet.  For more information, please visit

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