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Optelian Expands African Sales Strength

South African-based MCT Telecommunications Signs Up to Sell Optelian Systems

Optelian is pleased to announce an agreement with MCT Telecommunications to sell and support Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport systems and LightPRO test and turn-up tools. MCT Telecommunications is based in Johannesburg, and has clients throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.


“MCT Telecommunications is an ideal partner for us. Africa is the fastest growing telecommunications market in the world, and MCT has enormous credibility in this market” said Clifford Watson, Managing Director, Optelian International Corporation.


“In our experience with African networks we have identified extreme temperatures, power consumption and space as key concerns for African Telcos,” said Masopha Moshoeshoe, Chief Financial Officer of MCT Telecommunications, “Optelian’s compact footprint, low power draw, and environmental hardening make its equipment a perfect fit for these conditions.”


About MCT Telecommunications

MCT Telecommunications has specialised in the Operational Support Business for more than 20 years, and the company has expanded its product portfolio to include total solutions in the field of Operational Support Systems for copper and fibre cable networks, premium optical transport systems, last mile technology for ISDN and DSL network protocols, copper and fibre termination products and accessories, network security products, and software application and remote test applications for DSL networks.


MCT has also added a comprehensive portfolio of services enabling it to provide a national turn-key capability and program management for network build and rehabilitation projects, as well as a fully managed service from a national NOC (Network Operations Centre) for copper and fibre networks. MCT’s comprehensive service proposal for Managed Services on fibre networks is unique in SouthAfrica and MCT has total market share in this area.


For additional information regarding MCT Telecommunications, please go to www.mct.co.za.


Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.

Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Optelian Achieves TL9000 Registration

Optelian is pleased to announce that TL 9000 registration has been awarded in recognition of Optelian’s Quality Management System conforming to TL 9000 standards for processes used in the design, development and manufacture of optical transmission systems.


As an extension of ISO9001:2000 for the telecommunications industry, TL 9000 assures telecom

purchasers that the registrant has met the highest quality standards in the industry and reduces the need for them to do their own vendor quality audits.


“Our success in achieving this goal is due to the tremendous dedication and teamwork of everyone in at Optelian,” said Louise Boyling, Director, Corporate Quality and Administration. “The TL 9000 registration and audit process was straightforward for us as our business processes have always been closely aligned with our corporate values of providing superior quality products and service”.


“TL 9000 registration is external recognition of our on-going commitment to product quality and our

pursuit of continuous improvement,” said David Weymouth, President, Optelian.


Optelian’s TL 9000 registration was done by BSI Management Systems Canada . BSI is a global provider of assessment, certification, and training for management systems implementations. BSI is accredited by ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for TL 9000 standards.


Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.

Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Alaska Power and Telephone Uses Optelian CWDM

Alaska Power and Telephone Uses Optelian CWDM

Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T) has deployed Optelian’s LightGAIN CWDM system to optimize fiber and tie DSL platforms together on a 22-mile point-to-point fiber link between Skagway and Haines, Alaska.


Dave Vogel, Skagway Manager, AP&T commented that the LightGAIN system “is very easy to install and turn up”. While always available to customers, Optelian’s installation and support service was not required; installation and turn-up were completed entirely by AP&T. The system has been up and running for several months.


General Manager, Telephone Operations, Eric Logan stated, “Optelian was easy to work with and equipment delivery was timely.” He also noted “the LightGAIN equipment is simple, transparent, and has very low power consumption.”


About Alaska Power and Telephone

Alaska Power and Telephone is one of the most progressive communications and energy providers in the State of Alaska. For 50+ years, employee owned AP&T has served over 30 communities stretching from the Arctic Circle to the southernmost tip of SE Alaska. Serving over 12,000 households and business customers, AP&T offers an array of services to Alaskans, from energy to cutting-edge voice, video and data communications built on a foundation of fiber-optic, landline and wireless technologies.


About Optelian:

Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.

Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com.

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Optelian Establishes Strong Presence in Japan

Optelian is pleased to announce an agreement with JTS Corporation to sell and support Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport systems and LightPRO test and turn-up tools. JTS is based in Tokyo and has clients throughout Japan.


“JTS is the perfect distribution partner for this market. Japan is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, and as such will have a very high demand for Optelian’s products. With its technical proficiency and wide array of contacts, JTS is ideally placed to make this arrangement an extraordinary success” said Clifford Watson, Managing Director, Optelian International Corporation.


“The Japanese never settle for second best. With a sleek system that is designed for maximum efficiency and durability, from the highest quality Japanese and North American components, we are confident that Optelian’s equipment will be extremely popular in Japan” said Tomoji Kojima, CEO of JTS.


About JTS Corporation

JTS Corporation is an importer and distributor of telecommunications and networking products. Established in 2004, JTS has become the supplier of choice for telecommunications companies seeking the latest in products for triple-play broadband services.


JTS is a distributor for many high tech companies, including Omnitron Systems Technology, Compunetix, and Patton Electronics, with products ranging from media converters and xDSL through to Video/Audio conferencing systems. For all its products, JTS offers comprehensive technical support and maintenance.


For additional information regarding JTS, please go to http://www.j-ts.com/.


About Optelian: Optelian provides optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have been choosing Optelian for product reliability, quick delivery, custom designs, and great service.

Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario, with offices, partners, and resellers worldwide.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to www.optelian.com

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I-Tracing and Qosmos Partner to Protect Sensitive Operator Data

 I-Tracing integrates Qosmos network intelligence technology to deliver a network-centric solution protecting access to personal data in telecom operator databases 


Paris, November 24th, 2008 - Qosmos, the industry leader in network information extraction, and I-Tracing, a major IT consulting and engineering company specialized in data traceability, have joined forces to protect access to telecom operators’ sensitive data.


Qosmos and I-Tracing’s joint Data Theft Prevention solution enables telecom operators’ information security, regulatory compliance and anti-fraud departments to collect, analyze and store database access records in real time, and generate reliable reports and alerts for effective protection of sensitive subscriber data. The ready-to-use solution combines Qosmos’ ixMachine range of network-based information extraction appliances with I-Tracing’s information processing and management applications.


Telecom operators’ databases contain private customer information of a highly sensitive nature, ranging from subscriber phone numbers and addresses, to private bank details, call history and geo-localization data. Preventing the theft or misuse of this confidential information is critical both financially and legally, but also in terms of reputation. Data protection represents, therefore both a strategic and technical challenge for operators, who must implement a secure and comprehensive tracking system across the various access points to their subscriber databases: from internal customer relations and technical support teams, to outsourced customer care services.


We have chosen to integrate Qosmos’ information extraction technology in our Data Protection and Security solution portfolio for its unique ability to collect detailed and reliable database access records directly from operator networks. This network-based approach offers carriers complete visibility – in real time – into who is accessing what, when and how, guaranteeing immediate detection and response in the case of a breach. It also complies with legal obligations to track access to personal data,” explained Théodore-Michel Vrangos, Co-Founder and President of I-Tracing.


Installed in passive transparent mode on the operator network, the Qosmos/I-Tracing solution monitors network traffic in real time, and extracts complete and detailed access records for all intranet and web-based applications, whether they be standard or custom, and whatever network protocol is used (Telnet, http, etc.). The solution is entirely configurable by the operator to meet specific data protection and regulatory compliance requirements, and can be easily integrated into the operator’s network without impacting existing applications or subscriber service platforms.


The significant synergy between I-Tracing’s technical expertise and Qosmos technology offers telecom operators a very fine-grained understanding of the information in transit on their networks, and provides them with network-centric tools specially designed to protect access to their sensitive data,” commented Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO of Qosmos.


 About Qosmos


Qosmos provides software and hardware platforms that identify and extract information traveling over networks in real time with unparalleled precision and depth. The technology has been designed for use across a wide range of applications such as lawful interception, data retention, regulatory compliance, content-based billing, audience measurement and network optimization. Using Qosmos technology, Network Equipment Manufacturers, Software Vendors and System Integrators can enhance their solutions with detailed network intelligence to better monetize, optimize or protect networked information. www.qosmos.com


 About I-TracingBased in Paris, I-Tracing is a major IT consulting and engineering company specialized in data tracing, security and electronic evidence. I-Tracing brings an added-value service approach from Consulting, Audit & Investigation, to turn-key Solution Integration & Engineering, and Managed Services and Operations. Specialized in log and trace management, deep packet inspection and IT security governance, the main application areas are: data tracking & traceability, fraud management, permanent control, e-discovery, data evidence, lawful inspection & data retention, digital signature, PKI, security log management, SIEM (Security Incident Event Monitoring), IDU - Information Data Usage for marketing and sales, data warehouse & business intelligence, IT legal compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley, ISO2700x, ITIL, Basel II, Sovency, MiFID, etc.). 


I-Tracing has delivered several major IT engineering and consultancy projects for financial groups, telecom operators, industry and services, retail, government agencies, etc. www.i-tracing.com


 


 


Media Contact:


Debby Stefaniak / Full Circle Communications


dstefaniak@fullcirclecomm.com / Ph: +1-215-712-2490  


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WeFi Reaches Ten Million Wi-Fi Access Points

WeFi Reaches Ten Million Wi-Fi Access Points


WeFi’s Users – Over One Million Who Are Active in 215 Countries and Territories – Contribute to the Largest Global Map of Wi-Fi Access Points


Delaware, USA, November 24, 2008: WeFi Inc. (www.wefi.com), creator of the first open, community-based global Wi-Fi network, announced today that it has reached a milestone of ten million discovered Wi-Fi access points which have been recognized and classified by WeFi. As a further testament to the company’s rapid growth, WeFi also announced that it has passed one million users, spread over 215 countries and territories worldwide. These users contribute to what is the largest virtual global Wi-Fi network, and the largest worldwide map of Wi-Fi access points available today.


Since the company was founded, the phenomenal growth is indicative of the surge in open Wi-Fi use worldwide, as well as the widespread social networking phenomenon. Spread through WeFi’s consistently growing user community, new Wi-Fi access points have been added by the WeFi software on members’ devices at an increasingly growing rate. As the network is user-generated, the more users, the more access points discovered and added to the network.


WeFi brings open Wi-Fi communication to everyone and everywhere with free, easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the best Wi-Fi hotspot around. With versions available for PC, Symbian, and Windows Mobile, WeFi is leveraging the fact the more mobile devices are Wi-Fi compatible, to further expand the global network of Wi-Fi access points. In addition to collecting gaining access to hotspots by simply downloading the WeFi software, members of the WeFi community are invited to map and rank open hotspots in any given location around the world, forming an aggregate picture of all the available Wi-Fi connections.


WeFi has also proved itself to be at the head the global social networking trend, as the first of its kind in enabling real-time location sharing with your friends, anywhere and everywhere around the world through their Wi-Fi connection. Users can locate each other on the WeFi global map and send messages, share content and much more. Users can also be updated on a fellow user’s location via WeFi’s applications with popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.


“Hitting the ten-million hotspot mark is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of,” said Zur Feldman, CEO of WeFi. “Our rapidly growing groups of users, located all across the world, are building a global community that is for the people, by the people, WeFi has been successful in being able to give our users the ability to add hotspots themselves and to share them with others. WeFi stands strong as the leader of this phenomenon and will continue to work toward our vision of creating a seamless network aggregating all Wi-Fi access points worldwide.”


About WeFi Inc.


WeFi Inc. is the creator of the world’s first open and free global Wi-Fi network. Leveraging the power of Wi-Fi, WeFi brings free wireless Internet communications to everyone, everywhere with easy-to-use downloadable software that enables automatic connection to the fastest Wi-Fi hotspot around. WeFi is a social network, whose members benefit from a free, fun and interactive experience, while helping to build a truly seamless global Wi-Fi network by mapping open access points in any given location worldwide. Established in February 2006, WeFi Inc. is backed by leading VC companies Lightspeed, Pitango and Gemini Ventures. The company is incorporated in Delaware, U.S. with R&D facilities in Israel. For additional information on WeFi, please visit: www.wefi.com.


Media Contact

Jason Silberman at Koteret Public Relations: Email: Jason_s@koteret.com or Tel: +972-3-5755778 ext 109.

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Agito Networks Names New CEO, Broadens Depth of Experience of Enterprise Mobility Leader

Veteran Telecommunications Industry Executive Amit Chawla Named to Lead Company Improving Mobile Worker Productivity and Reducing Costs with Innovative Enterprise Mobility Appliances


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 24, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has named former Veraz Networks executive Amit Chawla as its new President and Chief Executive Officer.


Agito Networks’ flagship product is the award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, which uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and unified communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones.  In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks to reduce cellular costs and improve in-building coverage.  Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support.  It works with all cellular network technology, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.


“The addition of this proven executive leader to Agito Networks’ management team further adds to the growing corporate capabilities of the company,” said Agito Networks Chairman of the Board David Leonard. “Amit has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to grow successful companies in the telecommunications industry.  We will rely on his knowledge, expertise and wealth of global industry contacts as we expand the markets for our innovative enterprise mobility products helping enterprises increase mobile worker productivity and reduce cellular expenses.”


Mr. Chawla brings more than 24 years of telecom product development, product management, business and market development experience across wire line and emerging wireless Internet companies to Agito Networks.  Most recently, Mr. Chawla served as the Executive Vice President of Global Business Units for Veraz Networks, a leading provider of IP-enabled communications solutions in more than 60 countries, which listed on NASDAQ in 2007.  Veraz Networks was formed in 2003 following the merger of ECI Telecom’s NGTS Division with NexVerse Networks, where Mr. Chawla served as CEO.  Previously, Mr. Chawla spent 13 years at Nortel Networks, most recently as Vice President of Portfolio Management.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of London, and a Master of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada.


“I am excited to join this strong team and build upon the industry leadership already gained by Agito Networks in a short time, validated by industry accolades and growing customer traction,” said Mr. Chawla.  “The global enterprise mobility opportunity shows good promise and Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is clearly differentiated in the industry to best meet the complex mobility needs of enterprises.  I look forward to helping Agito dominate in this emerging market.”


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.


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