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Aurora Networks Introduces Cable’s First Eight Wavelength LcWDM Solution

Increased bandwidth capacity per fiber delivers expansion of narrowcast services for cable operators 


CableNET® 2009, D.C. – April 1, 2009 – Aurora Networks, the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, today announced the availability of the industry’s first eight wavelength LcWDM® system. Delivering increased bandwidth capacity per fiber, Aurora Networks’ unprecedented eight wavelength ‘O’-band WDM solution enables cable MSOs to increase revenue-generating narrowcast capacity for services including HDTV, VoIP, Video on Demand (VoD) and high-speed data (HSD), without the need for major fiber construction.


Aurora Networks’ new LcWDM solution adds seventh and eighth wavelengths that can be combined with its full range of passive components on a single fiber from the existing node to a new node. With this solution, MSOs can cost-effectively drive fiber deeper into the network by subdividing their larger node service areas into eight separate service areas. With the transport of the eight wavelengths in the 1310 nm window, cable operators are free to utilize CWDM and DWDM technologies to add another 12 or more wavelengths.


“Today’s MSOs are challenged with cost-effectively meeting explosive consumer demand for targeted services,” said Wim Mostert, director of product management for Aurora Networks. “Aurora Networks continues to create a future-proof platform with the eight wavelength LcWDM specifically designed as a backwards-compatible solution for MSOs to increase their service offering.”


Aurora Networks’ LcWDM solution includes a full range of passive components for both headend and field deployment, including Aurora Networks’ new series of OP93D LcWDM field-hardened demultiplexers that support full service area segmentation. As part of the eight wavelength LcWDM system, OP93D demultiplexers can be installed in Aurora Networks’ nodes or splice enclosures to increase bandwidth.  The OP93D passive components add the following features to the LcWDM system:


• Standard demultiplexer with a cascade port for a downstream node

• Local return filter/combiner to enable 4X4 node segmentation on a single fiber

• Combiner to enable inclusion of downstream node’s return on the same fiber


One fiber can now carry both the upstream and the downstream traffic; previously, cable operators had to dedicate two fibers to this task.


There are currently more than 2,000 links deployed with Aurora Networks’ LcWDM solution.  Additional information, including technical product details and visuals for Aurora Networks’ LcWDM transmitter, can be found at www.aurora.com.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs.  Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry.  A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks and the Aurora logo are trademarks, and LcWDM  is a registered trademark, of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CableNET is a mark of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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Aurora Networks Expands RFoG plus PON Solution

Additional components optimize Aurora Networks’ “RFPON” solution, strengthening leadership position


CableNET® 2009, D.C. – April 1, 2009 – Aurora Networks Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, today launched the first, single fiber, end-to-end RFPON solution.  Aurora Networks’ new OR4168 Virtual Hub (VHubâ„¢) module and CP8013U customer premises equipment (CPE), together with the company’s existing VHub, Node PONâ„¢ module and GEPON CPE, complete the industry’s only full RFPON solution. This solution enables cable operators to leverage existing and future fiber investments, resulting in unparalleled service competitiveness, efficiency and cost-saving benefits.


Designed to introduce PON into existing RFoG environments, or vice versa, Aurora Networks’ VHub OR4168 module enables operators to extend network reach from 10 - 20 km to over 60 km using a single fiber to provide a local service area concentration point for management of both downstream and upstream RFoG and PON wavelengths. The module also facilitates route redundancy for high network reliability and increases VHub efficiency and cost savings by consolidating the functionality of three separate products.  This level of integration increases the physical space available within the VHub, enabling cable operators to add further modules to increase upstream and downstream capacity.


Aurora Networks’ new CP8013U RFoG CPE is a cost-effective, field-hardened device which supports today’s triple play service requirements for video, voice and data services including DOCSIS® 3.0 cable modem traffic. The new CPE fits within a compact die-cast housing that provides a rugged, RF-shielded environment for long-term stability and reliability, and is supplied with a power inserter. The CP8013U is supported by a full line of outdoor housings with optimized fiber management, standard and UPS powering options.


“Since 2006, cable operators have powered their RFoG deployments with Aurora Networks’ unique and innovative VHub products.  Our evolving cable solutions provide operators with the most efficient end-to-end FTTP solution on the market today,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks. “Our complete RFPON solution not only serves as a way to extend capabilities in traditional RFoG situations, but is also a significant new tool for operators to address the largely untapped commercial services market.”


For years, cable operators have turned to Aurora Networks’ to deliver high-speed data services through initial deployments of either its RFoG solution, primarily serving residential customers, or GEPON solution, for commercial customers. Now, as service demands evolve, Aurora Networks’ fully-integrated, end-to-end RFPON architecture will maximize flexibility for cable operators deploying an FTTP network today, with virtually unlimited network reach over a single fiber supporting all current CPE devices, while having a direct migration path to accommodate the all-IP world of the future. 


Additional information, including technical product details, visuals and ordering information for Aurora Networks’ new complete RFPON solution, including its OR4168 module and CP8013U CPE, can be found at www.aurora.com.


About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs.  Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry.  A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit www.aurora.com.


Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, VHub and Node PON are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CableNET and DOCSIS  are marks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.


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Psytechnics Extends Voice Performance Management with IBM

Experience Manager Gives IBM Sametime Unified Telephony Users Real Time Voice Per-formance Management

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VoiceCon, Orlando, FL: April 1, 2009 Psytechnics, a leader in performance management solu-tions for real time IP based communications, today announced that its Experience Manager solu-tion will now also support IBM Lotus Sametime Unified Telephony users. Experience Manager will give Sametime Unified Telephony operations and support the ability to proactively manage and monitor voice call quality and deliver rapid, accurate diagnosis for any call quality issues. This ensures successful pilot or trial deployments, increased user confidence and adoption, as well as reduced operating costs both during deployment and once deployed.


Experience Manager’s unique user experience based approach ensures that performance man-agement and reporting for IP based telephony, including Sametime Unified Telephony in enter-prise or managed service provider (MSP) based deployments, accurately reflects the user’s real time experience. This increases user confidence with improved call quality reliability through proactive monitoring, detection, and diagnostics for user affecting issues. The Experience Man-ager solution delivers a reduction in operational and support incident overheads throughout the deployment life cycle by addressing common voice application problems including voice distor-tion, echo, and incorrect volume levels, as well any network induced problems across multi-vendor IP communications environments. Detailed performance reporting, analysis, and root cause diagnosis enable service levels to be maintained more effectively while reducing operating costs.


“Maintaining user confidence and effectiveness with IP based communications is essential to realize full business value and ROI while fostering a more successful collaborative environment,” said Mike Hollier, CTO of Psytechnics. “Our experience with more than 1 million business IP telephony users clearly demonstrates the need for proactive management of the users’ call experience and reduced operational costs for IP based communications from the pilot or trial through to mature deployment. The required level of visibility and diagnosis for effective support is just not available from traditional network or VoIP management tools.”


“Voice quality can be affected by many different variables across the network with IP telephony systems,” said Akiba Saeedi, director of unified communication and collaboration at IBM. “Us-ing Experience Manager with Sametime Unified Telephony helps monitor and manage overall voice quality in real time helping to reduce frustration and improve effectiveness of voice colla-boration in business.”


Psytechnics is an IBM advanced business partner that has successfully worked with IBM Global Services previously on customer projects. This development is further evidence that the Psy-technics Experience Manager solution provides significant added value to IP Telephony deploy-ments and, furthermore, the addition of video conferencing and mobility management capabili-ties ensures increased overall effectiveness as organizations further embrace a unified communi-cations environment.



About Psytechnics


Psytechnics is the leader in voice and video performance management solutions, enabling effective management of call quality and reduced operating and support costs for IP Telephony, Video Conferencing and Unified Communi-cations in fixed, mobile and converged environments.


Psytechnics’ Experience Manager is a comprehensive solution for voice and video performance management, troubleshooting, service level reporting, and compliance. Using real time, objective call analysis detailing the actual user experience presents accurate results for right first time ‘find and fix’ using the right resource. Experience Manager focuses on application specific as well as the IP transmission characteristics to detect user affecting factors such as noise, delay, distortion, and echo that, when combined, will determine the users’ experience.


Winner of Internet Telephony and Unified Communications magazines ‘Product of the Year 2008′ and used to manage more than 1 million business telephony users, Experience Manager is gaining a significant foothold in the managed service provider market.

Psytechnics is a member in good standing of the International Telecommunications Union and has contributed sig-nificantly to seven ITU-T standards for voice and video assessment. Psytechnics’ solution is extensively validated against more than 500,000 people based subjective test opinions.


Psytechnics’ voice and video performance management products are deployed worldwide in enterprise, mobile and next-generation networks, delivering efficient ‘right first time’ incident management, differentiated services, SLA monitoring and compliance, and intelligent interconnect selection. The company was spun out of BT in December 2000 and has offices in Ipswich, U.K. and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Psytechnics is a registered trademark of Psytechnics Ltd. All other trade names, trademarks, and registered trade-marks are the property of their respective owners.




Notes


IBM, Lotus, Sametime and Sametime Unified Telephony are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.


Sametime Unified Telephony is expected to be available from IBM in July 2009

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InnoPath Announces Membership in the Symbian Foundation

This morning, InnoPath announced its membership in the newly formed Symbian Foundation. Our membership reflects the importance we place in enabling the Symbian platform with next generation over-the-air care capabilities. If you’re in Vegas, please visit us at CTIA on the 2nd floor of the South Hall (Booth 1090) to learn more and to see our complete ActiveCare solution demonstrated on the Nokia E71, a close cousin to the E71x announced this week by AT&T.

Oh, and check out our new customer care/tech support 2.0 blog we launched last month.

Las Vegas, NV, April 2, 2009 – InnoPath Software, the leader in over-the-air Customer Care, is pleased to announce its membership in the Symbian Foundation. InnoPath’s goal is to help increase the supportability of the platform and enhance the end user experience by bringing to the foundation its commercial experience with over-the-air support and updates. The company’s contributions will build upon and enhance the platform’s existing DM capabilities to quickly adapt to mobile operator care initiatives.

InnoPath’s deep understanding of the Symbian platform is manifested in two currently available OMA-DM client solutions:

— A post-load Smart Client extension for Symbian smartphones, permitting operators to enhance the manageability of devices already in the field.

– A fully OMA-DM compliant pre-load client that includes the InnoPath Device Update Agent, enabling firmware updates which enhance functionality, reduce device time to market or address usability or security issues.

The company’s ActiveCare server also supports a rich set of end-to-end functionality with open market handsets that have integrated the existing Symbian OMA-DM client. This includes Mobile Check, Mobile Check and Correct, Mobile Lock and Wipe, Mobile Update, and Mobile Software Management.

“Our experience in working with both operators and device manufacturers will bring to the foundation real-world experience in further equipping the platform with compelling over-the-air frontline care capabilities,” said David Ginsburg, Vice President of Marketing at InnoPath.

The Symbian Foundation together with its ecosystem is creating the most proven, open and complete mobile software platform which is based on Symbian OSâ„¢ and contributed software assets from S60 and MOAP(s). Symbian OS is the leading open mobile operating system that has shipped in more than 250 million mobile devices to date.

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XO Communications Enhances Ethernet Solutions Portfolio with Broader Range of Access Speeds

Provides Customers with Increased Ethernet Options to Meet Wider Range of Bandwidth Needs

Introduces 3 and 5 Mbps Mid-Band Ethernet Options


HERNDON, VA – April 2, 2009 – XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced the nationwide availability of an expanded range of new Ethernet access speeds for businesses, enterprises and wholesale customers.  Through its extensive nationwide network footprint and advanced, next generation Ethernet services infrastructure, XO Communications provides a wide range of scalable Ethernet access options and speeds in more locations to help customers cost-effectively enhance network performance.


XO Communications now offers customers an increased number of incremental bandwidth options to choose from when creating their custom XO Ethernet solution. Available in more than 75 metropolitan markets where XO offers services, customers can now obtain new Ethernet transport speeds of 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 200, 300, 400, or 500 Mbps at XO on-net fiber locations, and speeds of 3, 5, 15 or 20 Mbps at locations served by last mile copper where XO has deployed Ethernet over copper technology.  This also marks the first time the 3 and 5 Mbps mid-band Ethernet access options will be available to XO Communications’ customers for Dedicated Internet access service.


“As companies look to their wide-area networks and Internet connections to support mission critical business applications, XO Communications offers an extensive nationwide footprint and a wide range of bandwidth options that enable businesses to cost-effectively boost network performance through Ethernet,” said Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications.  “XO’s extensive local metro network assets, combined with our nationwide inter-city network give us the unique ability to offer businesses flexible, scalable and high-performance Ethernet solutions regardless if they are served by fiber or last mile copper.”


Last year, XO Communications deployed an enhanced Ethernet switching platform in major metropolitan locations across its nationwide network. This platform provided a highly-reliable, service rich next generation infrastructure enabling XO Communications to offer a broader range of Ethernet bandwidth options and services at speeds of 3 Mbps to 10 Gbps.  In addition, this platform provided a pathway for XO Communications to offer true any-to-any, multi-site Ethernet solutions, along with multiple classes of service on an on-demand basis.


XO Communications has taken a leadership role in expanding the availability of Ethernet services to more locations through a number of network access platforms, including:


·         Extensive Nationwide Inter-City and Metro Fiber Networks: XO Communications offers Ethernet services at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps to businesses and service providers in 75 major metropolitan markets through its 19,000 route mile inter-city fiber optic network and nearly one million fiber miles of metro networks.


·         Nationwide Deployment of Ethernet over Copper Technology: With deployments today in 75 major metropolitan markets, Ethernet over copper technology enables XO Communications to extend its Ethernet services footprint beyond its fiber network and enable businesses at copper-fed locations to take advantage of Ethernet services for the first time at speeds of 3 Mbps to 80 Mbps.


·         Fixed Broadband Wireless Capabilities: XO Communications currently has the capability to utilize fixed broadband wireless technology in 36 major metropolitan markets to further expand its network footprint and deliver Ethernet services directly to businesses at speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 800 Mbps.


For more information about XO Ethernet Solutions, go to www.xo.com or contact an XO Business Services sales representative at (866) 963-9696 or an XO Carrier Services sales representative at (800) 474-1763.  To learn more about the features and benefits of XO Ethernet Solutions, listen to a podcast from XO Communications here: http://xo.connectedsocialmedia.com/8/extending-ethernet-over-the-business-or-enterprise-wide-area-network.


About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.


 


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Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America


Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America



Leading national wireless communications carrier to deploy Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 in a multi-million dollar deal


Ceragon LogoTEL AVIV, Israel, April 1, 2009 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that  a leading North American wireless communications carrier, has selected its advanced wireless Ethernet solutions. Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 systems in combination with Ceragon’s High Power RF units will be deployed by the carrier to provide long-haul transport for high-speed data and voice services. This deployment will support the carrier’s geographical expansion and network capacity enhancement. Initial orders are valued at over US$6 million, of which $5 million has been recorded as revenue.


Ceragon was selected for this important build due to its ability to deliver a high performance IP-based solution that supports multiple radio configurations. With superior system gain, Ceragon can provide its new customer the ability to extend its network reach while using smaller antennas. This particular feature alone helps achieve significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the service.


 “This is an important strategic win for Ceragon as it delivers our most advanced platform into a new and prestigious customer” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “The decision to choose our solutions for its high-speed, long haul IP network is a ringing endorsement of our technology and strategy.”


Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 is a unique migration-ready platform that supports native Ethernet and Native2 (hybrid) TDM/Ethernet over a single platform. The combination with Ceragon’s advanced high power RF unit, the FibeAir RFU-HP, provides a unique solution for long haul IP and TDM applications. The solution utilizes advanced Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) for unmatched link optimization, ensuring the highest available capacities under any weather conditions.  The solution can be deployed in both split-mount and all indoor configurations.


FibeAir IP-10 and FibeAir RFU-HP will be showcased at CTIA Wireless, Booth #6406, April 1-3, 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.


Ceragon SystemsAbout Ceragon Networks Ltd.


Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon’s wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon’s solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers’ need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon’s solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at www.ceragon.com

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