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BSO Communication Selects the Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport platform to reinforce its service offering

Paris – 17 March 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation solutions for metro, regional and long-haul optical transport and aggregation, has been chosen by next generation operator BSO Communication to provide optimized optical transport solutions for their network.

In addition to typical transport applications, BSO Communication was interested in a capability that would allow it to differentiate its service offerings to customers from those offered by other service providers. Upon BSO Communication’s request, Ekinops was able to deliver the capability to offer rate-managed 10Gig (10 gigabit per second) services and full rate GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) services over the same 10Gig wavelength. This enables BSO Communication to offer tailored services, while utilizing network bandwidth efficiently.

Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops’ innovative dynamic and programmable transport-on-a-chip technology at the heart of its 360 platform, the implementation of this differentiated and unique service offering has been a success, done in record time, allowing BSO Communication to be responsive to customer needs.

BSO Communication is the first Next Generation Operator to provide network solutions, integration services, and web hosting to its customers. With strong growth, BSO Communication is today present in more than 10 countries: France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Hong Kong (China). For BSO Communication – in addition to allowing for the delivery of new and unique services quickly – the Ekinops 360 transport system architecture, based on the T-Chip technology, provides the highest standard of reliability.

BSO Communication will be using the Ekinops 360 platform for:

- Implementation of an Ethernet WDM transport network

- Equipment interconnection in its four major data centers located in the Paris area

- Transport of 10 Gbps signals in those data centers

“As a Next Generation Operator, our customers expect the highest level of flexibility from us in providing them with services that meet their needs. Efficient and unique use of our network bandwidth allows us to better respond to this customer demand,” said Frederic Dhieux, Technical Manager at BSO Communication. “With the Ekinops 360 platform, our major objective was to optimize the use of the bandwidth in our network while bringing a 10Gbps connection to our customers”.

 “The flexibility brought by the Ekinops 360 platform and this new 10 Gbps multi-service capability enabled BSO Communication to differentiate itself in the market, thanks to a significant cost advantage resulting from improved management of services to clients across the board,” said Sebastien Bernard, Sales Director of Northern Europe for Ekinops.

Ekinops developed this project in record time, two months, added Bernard. “Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops was able to deploy the technology extremely rapidly compared with what other equipment manufacturers could have done,” he emphasized.

“We are pleased that our T-Chip technology has once again allowed us to quickly deliver market differentiating capability for our customers,” added Rob Adams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ekinops. “The dynamic nature of the T-Chip allows us to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and provides them with a level of comfort that the Ekinops 360 platform will be able to keep them ahead of their peers when it comes to new, innovative, and cost-effective service offerings.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise networks. Our CWDM, DWDM and aggregation solutions are used by major carriers to build Metro, Regional and Long Haul networks. Ekinops’ optical transport platform relies on an innovative, programmable architecture that substantially lowers the cost of building high speed optical networks. Using Ekinops’ 360 carrier-grade products, operators can increase transport capacity over Fiber, CWDM, DWDM, SONET/SDH and IP networks. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with sales offices in Europe and the US and a representative office in Singapore. More information about Ekinops is available at

About BSO Communication

BSO Communication is the leading Global Next Generation Operator (NGO), founded in 2004. BSO Communication provides Network Services and Infrastructure, Hosting and Managed Services. BSO Communication, has built its own Global Network, which is scalable and flexible to meet the demands of companies, now and the future. Customers rely on BSO Communication to deliver the higher performance they need from their telecommunications services, our extensive, secure and reliable network does just that.

At the heart of our history, has been a constant commitment to providing excellent customer service and reliability. We’re proud of the fact that our many customers trust and rely on BSO Communication to deliver their mission critical telecommunications services. Although only 4 years old, BSO Communication has an impressive customer base, that includes France Television, Musiwave, Tiscali & Virgin.



Dominique Arestan 

Marketing Communications Director 

Tel: +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03 

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05 

BSO Communication

Sophie Artonne

Head of Communication

Tel: +33 (0)1 77 36 10 00

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CSSA to Offer Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CSSA to Offer Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Ottawa, ON/Marietta, GA March 17, 2009

CSSA (Communications Supply Service Association) is now offering Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport system and LightPRO optical test and turn-up portfolio to its independent telephone company members, bringing them access to top quality bandwidth provisioning at affordable prices.

LightGAIN CWDM and WDM systems are a perfect fit for independent carriers facing fiber constraints in their networks; LightGAIN’s low cost and flexibility allow these carriers to address applications from inter-office to remote terminal cabinets. ROI from new revenue-generating services is also achieved more quickly when Optelian’s FTTx/PON products are used to provide the required bandwidth.

“Partnering with Optelian demonstrates CCSA’s commitment to helping rural telephone companies enhance their competitiveness in delivering broadband and advanced services to their customers,” said Scott Davison, Vice President of Strategic Product Development for CSSA. “The Optelian LightGAIN system, with its low power consumption, ease-of-use, and outstanding reliability, is ideally suited to provide high-bandwidth transport in rural areas.”

The LightGAIN CWDM system is RUS listed.

“We are delighted to be working with CSSA,” said Charlie Hancock, Director of Business Development at Optelian. “They not only have broad reach with 200 members in 40 states, but they also have top-quality technical support services to assist with engineering, installation and support.”

About Optelian

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

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

For additional information regarding Optelian, please go to

About CSSA

CSSA was developed over 30 years ago as a strategic alliance of independent telephone companies to promote the development of rural telephone companies in the U.S.

The Association’s mission is to deliver technology solutions that will enhance each member’s competitiveness. Through service excellence and continuous member involvement, CSSA has developed beyond traditional product distribution and now offers benefits to members such as centralized professional support services and technology training programs.

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AirWalk Communications Introduces Powerful, Compact Enterprise Femtocell, the EdgePoint PRO

RICHARDSON, Texas, March 17, 2009 – AirWalk Communications, an innovator in IP-based cellular radio network equipment, today introduced its EdgePointâ„¢ PRO, a compact enterprise femtocell that brings optimal cellular service to enterprise offices and other in-building facilities.

AirWalk announced EdgePoint PRO in advance of the CTIA Wireless 2009 conference, where AirWalk will demonstrate the new unit in Booth 8127 during the April 1-3 event in Las Vegas.

EdgePoint PRO is designed to assure mobile phone users secure continuous coverage and mobility in a variety of enterprise settings, regardless of the location’s proximity to the macro cellular network. The unit acts as a cellular access point and plugs directly into an existing broadband connection to extend 3G wireless CDMA services for voice and data. The EdgePoint PRO leverages the enterprise’s broadband link for backhaul which reduces operators’ capital expenditures and maximizes macro network efficiencies.

With the 1xEV-DO EdgePoint PRO, enterprises have a viable alternative to a WiFi network. Users are able to use their existing mobile phone or laptop with data aircard to access high-speed data. In addition, the EdgePoint PRO in 1xRTT allows users to rely on their mobile device as their primary phone both inside and outside their workplace.

“Operators are showing remarkable interest in EdgePoint PRO because it is an affordable and reliable solution for cellular-challenged indoor settings where the macro network simply cannot accommodate coverage requirements,” said Serge Pequeux, president and CEO of AirWalk. “EdgePoint PRO can contribute to cellular usage by extending seamless service into the enterprise. In-building minutes of use are offered at a fixed rate while supporting additional enterprise voice and data applications.”

“A totally untapped market to date is the one for enterprise femtocells,” observed Allen Nogee, Principal Analyst for In-Stat. “These devices will not only allow both small and large businesses to provide a better wireless signal for their employees, but also to offer wireless/PBX integration at a level never before possible.”

EdgePoint PRO has an unrivaled clustering feature that assures soft handoff between multiple units and the macro network. A single EdgePoint PRO supports up to 28 users with 200mW of power. It is available in 1xRTT or 1xEV-DO Rev. A, and it is available as a wall mount or rack mount unit. EdgePoint PRO integrates the base transceiver station (BTS), base station controller (BSC), packet control function (PCF), and operations and maintenance (O&M).


In 2008, AirWalk introduced its residential and small office femtocell, the EdgePoint.

About AirWalk Communications

AirWalk Communications, Inc. is a developer of IP CDMA Radio Access Network (IP-RAN) products that deliver 3G voice and data platforms.  AirWalk’s products are modular, stackable and increase coverage and capacity. AirWalk delivered the industry’s first base station and base station controller in a single, inexpensive, compact platform. The company’s radio products operate on the global CDMA licensed frequencies and offer operators new sources of revenue. For more information, visit


Sharon Roberts

AirWalk Communications

Phone: 469-484-4732


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Agito Networks Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications” Report are Innovative, Impactful and Intriguing

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 17, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009” report (Bern Elliot, et al., March 12, 2009) by Gartner, Inc. 

According to the Gartner, Inc., report, “Unified communications (UC) technology is evolving rapidly, and many new and innovative solutions are appearing.  Enterprises struggle to bring new, useful UC solutions to their diverse user bases, while containing costs and leveraging existing infrastructure and application investments.  Enterprises are finally taking cell phones seriously and want to incorporate them into their telephony systems.” 1

“We are excited to have been named to Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendor’ listing,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing and product management.  “We believe this is confirmation of our differentiated approach to enterprise mobile convergence, which integrates location and other innovations in effectively mobilizing UC applications, while supporting the broadest set enterprise infrastructure and mobile devices.  We believe that the enterprises we sell into greatly value Gartner’s opinion of vendors, so this listing is significant to us as we rapidly expand in 2009.”

Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (  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.

 About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.  Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

 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 included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009” report, and was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has also received numerous industry awards, including being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK, and earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  Agito’s CTO was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs 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 for more information.

 ### Note 1:  Gartner, Inc., “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009,” Bern Elliot, et al., March 12, 2009. Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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