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Aurora Networks To Showcase Evolving Cable Solutions at ANGA Cable 2009

Fiber to the Premises, Fiber Deep and node segmentation solutions demonstrated to help European cable operators fight competition

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 11, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, will showcase its first European-optimized node and demonstrate its evolving cable solutions at the ANGA Cable 2009 show in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 in stand #B48.

Aurora Networks’ new node, which will be demonstrated in four configurations at the show, is specifically designed to meet European operators’ unique deployment, capacity and architecture needs to deliver today’s in-demand subscriber services. In addition to its European-optimized node, Aurora Networks will showcase its existing, industry-leading tools to help cable operators evolve in Europe’s competitive landscape:

• Industry-leading RFoG and RFPON (RFoG with a smooth migration to full PON) solutions to enable cable operators to take advantage of FTTP architectures, incorporating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations associated with traditional approaches.

• Innovative Fiber Deep solutions that deliver a passive HFC architecture and products that enable European MSOs to significantly increase network capacity per subscriber while reducing their on-going operating expenses – cable’s first green architecture.

• With a focus on enabling simple evolution to increase network capacity, Aurora Networks will showcase its “Evolution not Revolution” node display, which demonstrates the industry’s most versatile node platform available today. This display will clearly show how cable operators can build upon their existing architecture with the deployment of Aurora Networks’ node platform today and not have to “rip and replace” to support next-generation services which will be demanded by their subscribers.

• Aurora Networks’ industry-leading LcWDM® (“O”-band) analog transmitter solution enables up to eight downstream and a dozen or more upstream wavelengths on the same fiber. This solution demonstrates fiber-efficient segmentation, a key opportunity for European operators to expand network capacity to accommodate more narrowcast services with constructing new fiber links.

• Additionally, Aurora Networks’ complete line of WDM solutions, CWDM and DWDM technologies including the AT3520G transmitter introduced in February 2009, which increases narrowcast bandwidth by 50 percent. WDM solutions allow European operators to add more wavelengths to their network without expensive or interruptive construction.

“In the evolving European cable market, operators need regionally-specific solutions that help them compete effectively with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies offering similar subscriber services,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of business development for Europe, Aurora Networks. “Given the popularity of our solutions and the increasing market demand in Europe for converged services, Aurora Networks continues to be committed to leading the evolution in the cable industry through innovative, cost-effective solutions designed specifically for cable operators. ANGA Cable presents an ideal opportunity for the cable industry to learn how to leverage our solutions to advance network capabilities.”

Additionally, Wim Mostert, director of product management for Aurora Networks, will address attendees on WDM solutions for the European market in a technical presentation titled “Tools to Quadruple the Capacity for Targeted Services without Fibre Construction.” The session will be held in Room B during the “Fibre: The Way to Handle Increasing Capacity” panel from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Please join Aurora Networks for demonstrations and information about its new European-optimized node and other unique solutions at ANGA Cable 2009, stand #B48.

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

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

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Net Insight receives an order for contribution network from DR in Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden – 13 May 2009 – Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, has received an order from DR in Denmark for a contribution network for video and Ethernet services.

Net Insight’s Nimbra platform will be used to link eight different sites in Denmark. The solution is based on Nimbra 680 that will provide efficient transport of video with guaranteed 100 percent QoS at industry-leading bandwidth utilization levels.

“Net Insight offers a secure and stable contribution platform that handles both video and data traffic between DR’s District and DR Byen”, says Lars Sorner, Project manager at DR. “In the long term DR will also use the platform to integrate all the audio connections for radio.”

The order was received in cooperation with Broadcast Service Danmark (BSD), who are since 2006 operating the Digital Terrestrial TV distribution network in Denmark based on the Nimbra platform. BSD is a wholly owned subsidiary of the two Danish public service broadcasters DR and TV 2/DANMARK and is responsible for the analogue and digital distribution of TV and radio in Denmark. BSD will deliver operations support to DR.

“This is an important order from a new customer in our neighbouring country where we are already present”, says Fredrik TrägĂĄrdh, CEO of Net Insight. “We are looking forward to continued good cooperation with both DR and BSD.”

The Nimbra equipment will be delivered in the second quarter 2009.

For more information, please contact:

Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO of Net Insight AB, +46 8 685 04 69 or +46 70 634 0601,

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world´s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.

Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra™ platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.

World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit

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Net Insight expands partner network in Asia

Net Insight increases its footprint in Asia

by partnering with HBE, Mediatech, Sogitec, and City Team

Stockholm, Sweden– May 11, 2009 – Net Insight, a leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced that its network of business partners and resellers has lately been extended by four new channels in Asia: Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) in India, Mediatech in Hong Kong, Sogitec in Vietnam, and City Team in Malaysia. With this latest expansion Net Insight now collaborates

with 14 partners in the Asia Pacific region, covering most major markets.

Horizon Broadcast Electronics (HBE) will be representing Net Insight in the growing Indian market.

HBE focuses on delivering state of the art broadcast solutions and is a partner of choice for all leading broadcasters and service providers in India. Market segments addressed by HBE include Broadcast & Media networks, DVB-T/DVB-H and CATV/IPTV.

Mediatech (International) Limited is a new Net Insight partner in Hong Kong. Mediatech is a systems integrator and equipment solution provider for the professional video, audio and data markets. Target customers include terrestrial TV stations, cable operators, cable headends, satellite broadcasters, and government departments.

In South East Asia, Net Insight has broadened its presence through Sogitec in Vietnam and City Team in Malaysia. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Sogitec has a nationwide network of local sales and support personnel addressing the Vietnamese broadcast and media market. City Team is focused on getting new business for Net Insight in Malaysia, bringing long experience and good knowledge of the Malaysian media industry.

“We see increasing opportunities for our products in Asia and are expanding our partnerships according to plan”, said Fredrik TrägĂĄrdh, CEO of Net Insight.

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scaleable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.

Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.

World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit


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Agito Networks and Joint Avaya Customer Selected to Present an FMC Case Study at InAAU 2009 International Conference

CTO from Anthony Marano Company, Agito Networks Chief Marketing Officer to Present a Case Study on Extending Avaya Communications Capabilities to Mobile Workers Using Agito’s RoamAnywhere

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 12, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has been selected, along with joint-Avaya FMC customer Anthony Marano Company, to present at the International Alliance of Avaya Users, Inc., (InAAU) 2009 International Conference, being held in Orlando May 17 – 21.

Anthony Marano Company CTO Chris Nowak and Agito Networks Chief Marketing Officer Pejman Roshan will jointly present “A Customer Case Study on Extending Avaya Enterprise Communications to Mobile Workers, Anywhere!” on May 18 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“Agito Networks and Anthony Marano Company will discuss how Anthony Marano Company works with Avaya and Agito to keep its mobile workforce connected, delivering timely service to the many customers buying its fresh produce,” said Eric Rossman, vice president, developer relations and technical alliances, Avaya. “By working with innovative DevConnect members like Agito Networks, Avaya is able to expand the options companies like Anthony Marano Company have to integrate communications into, and enhance, their business operations.”

Located near downtown Chicago, Anthony Marano Company serves the Midwest with fine fresh produce from its state-of-the-art distribution center. The 400,000 square foot facility contains 73 docks to receive and ship more than 1,400 types of fresh produce. With its key buyers and sales staff mobile inside and outside the facilities, it needed a means to keep them connected to the critical Avaya unified communications capabilities that ensure its buyers and sales staff are connected to customers at all times. According to Nowak, a missed call could easily cost the company thousands of dollars.

Avaya’s 8710 provides a highly flexible system addressing Anthony Marano Company’s demanding telephony needs, including high call capacity. Now, extending the Avaya capabilities to mobile users with Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, Anthony Marano Company staff members stay in even more immediate in touch with customers.

Agito Networks is a Gold-level member of the Avaya DevConnect program – an initiative to develop, market and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network.

“As a Gold-level member of the Avaya DevConnect program, Agito has been working closely with Avaya since before the company launched to deliver compliance-tested Unified Communications solutions to joint customers,” said Roshan. “Joint customers such as Anthony Marano Company benefit from Avaya’s market-leading mid-call control features delivered to users’ handsets via RoamAnywhere, enabling mobile users to be more accessible and productive, while reducing enterprise telecommunications costs. We are pleased to jointly present their success story.”

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.

The InAAU 2009 International Conference, themed “The Art of Evolution…Pursuing Excellence Through Technology,” is being held at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, Fla., from May 17 – 21. For more information, please see .

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. With Corporate Headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and European presence in Reading, England, the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International. Go to for more information.


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IntelePeer Teams With Telx to Offer Hosted Voice and Rich Media Applications to Colocation Customers

IntelePeer ReachSuite Allows Service Providers at Telx to Quickly Roll Out High-margin Advanced Voice and Telecommunications Services

SAN MATEO, Calif. – May 12, 2009 – IntelePeer Inc., a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, today announced a partnership with Telx, one of the largest North American providers of network-neutral colocation and interconnection services. IntelePeer will offer ReachSuite™-hosted voice and rich media applications that allow Telx customers to quickly roll out new, high-margin voice and telecommunications services while avoiding up-front capital costs.

“Telx customers include leading service providers, content providers and enterprises that demand premium performance and reliability to meet the demands of their business and consumer customers,” said John Hart, senior vice president of business development and marketing for IntelePeer. “IntelePeer ReachSuite applications offer the value these Telx customers need to stand apart from competitors in a crowded market, while delivering the carrier-grade performance they require. With our ReachSuite, they can quickly roll out new high-margin services that drive new productivity while reducing operational and telecommunications costs for their customers.”

IntelePeer ReachSuite applications also reduce telecommunications costs by routing communications through IntelePeer’s high-quality, carrier-grade global peering fabric. IntelePeer uses this global infrastructure to offer ReachSuite applications through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. This eliminates most up-front costs, while ensuring carrier-grade quality and communications cost savings that are so valuable in today’s financial environment.

“Telx is committed to offering customers the very latest in communications services offered in a cloud computing, or Communications-as-a-Service (CaaS) model in order to facilitate technology adoption without the cost or service disruption of a forklift upgrade,” said Rose Klimovich, Telx vice president of product development and management. “IntelePeer offers our customers such turnkey communications solutions that help integrate phone, conferencing and electronic communication within familiar interfaces and in a cost-effective way.”

Telx offers rich connectivity and service options in the most secure and reliable colocation facilities to meet the requirements of the most demanding mission-critical operations. Telx colocation centers offer premier conditioned space, state-of-the-art access control and surveillance systems. To expand their business opportunities, Telx also provides their customers access to a global marketplace of services providers like IntelePeer.

About Telx

Telx is a world-class leader in providing interconnectivity solutions through their network-neutral and network rich, co-location facilities. With fifteen facilities in North America, Telx offers cost effective networking solutions for customers to seamlessly access diverse global networks and exchange information in a secure and reliable environment. Over 600 leading telecommunications carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprises rely on Telx’s world-class team to support their mission-critical global infrastructure needs and to create a global connectivity marketplace to dramatically expand their business growth opportunities. Telx is a privately held company headquartered in New York City with facilities in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Miami, Phoenix, Charlotte, Weehawken, and Clifton, N.J. For more information about Telx, visit

About IntelePeer

IntelePeer,, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device – without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworX™, our SuperRegistry™ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.

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Researchers Successfully Transmit Data at 32 Terabits Per Second On A Single Optical Fiber Over 580 Kilometers, Advancing Development of Next-Generation Broadband Network Technology

MIDDLETOWN, NJ, PRINCETON, NJ, and CORNING, NY, May 11, 2008 – AT&T*, NEC Corporation of America and Corning Incorporated today presented the results of another record-setting optical fiber transmission capacity test, using emerging network technologies to transmit data at 114 Gigabits per second over each of 320 separate optical channels on a single, 580-kilometer optically amplified link, resulting in a total bandwidth capacity of 32 Terabits per second.

The new result exceeds the bandwidth capacity of the previous record-setting test by 25 percent, and transmits it over more than twice the distance. The latest milestone, presented recently at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego, Calif., advances development of 100 Gigabit technologies, which are expected to be finalized and ready for deployment within the next few years to boost capacity in carrier backbone networks.

Advancing the capacity of fiber-optic connections is vital to the continued growth of the Internet and IP-based services and applications. As traffic from wireless and wired broadband devices continues to grow, communications carriers and equipment providers must continually innovate to expand and enhance the capability of core networking technologies like 100 Gigabit connectivity.

“IP traffic on the AT&T network is growing at about 45 percent year over year, so groundbreaking research efforts like this are critical to our ongoing efforts to stay ahead of our customers’ rapidly evolving and expanding needs,” said Peter Magill, executive director of optical systems research, AT&T Labs. “In setting this new bandwidth capacity record, we used a transmission method that enables better management of the interference that can result from operating 320 wavelengths over a single fiber-optic link. To do so, we used a new way to generate such signals and a new signal-processing algorithm to receive them again. We’re looking forward to further testing of these techniques and the additional bandwidth advances that may come from it.”

The laboratory link was composed of seven spans, each containing a single-stage Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) for both the C- and L-band and a section of Corning® SMF-28® ULL fiber, an ITU G.652 compliant ultra-low-loss optical fiber.

“NEC has been relentless in pushing forward-looking research and development of advanced optical networking technology to help carriers meet the growth in network traffic,” said Ting Wang, department head, Optical Networking, NEC Labs America. “This exciting achievement demonstrates the feasibility of packing 320 channels on one fiber with 25GHz spacing.”

“There are still several challenges, including maturity and cost efficiency, to overcome before the deployment of such a high transmission rate over a single fiber, but we are definitely closer,” added Milorad Cvijetic, vice president and chief technology strategist, Optical Network Systems Division, NEC Corporation of America.

“As the foundation of telecommunications networks, optical fiber innovation can help enable carriers to cost effectively keep up with ever-growing traffic demands”, said Barry Linchuck, director of marketing, Corning Optical Fiber, Corning Incorporated. “Corning’s recent innovation of ultra low-loss, high-performance fiber enables network operators to achieve higher capacities per fiber at the operating distances they need.”

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. AT&T offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verseSM and AT&T │DIRECTVSM brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T’s Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations are known for their leadership in directory publishing and advertising sales. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at

© 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 3G service not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

About NEC Corporation of America

NEC Corporation of America is a leading technology provider of network, IT and identity management solutions. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a North America subsidiary of NEC Corporation, and delivers technology and professional services ranging from server and storage solutions, IP voice and data solutions, optical network and microwave radio communications to biometric security, virtualization and digital cinema solutions. NEC Corporation of America serves carrier and both SMB and large enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries. For more information, please visit

© 2009 NEC Corporation of America. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product or service marks mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated ( is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 150 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy and metrology.

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Enhance Technology, Inc. partners with to Provide Storage Systems for Online Shoppers

This alliance with the popular online retailer will enable easy access and quick delivery of ETI’s products. 

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. – May 1, 2009 – Enhance Technology, Inc. (ETI), the industry leader in SMB and enterprise storage systems today announced a strategic partnership with, the second-largest online-only retailer. This venture will establish a new distribution option so end users can purchase up to 19 various ETI products at the click of a button. will carry a range of ETI’s products from desktop, RAID and rackmount arrays all the way to enterprise class systems and appliances.

We look forward to growing our business with Newegg,” said Steven Huang, General Manager of ETI. “They are a very strong ally in our efforts to reach quickly and effectively a broad range of consumers, SMBs and enterprises and represent our Enhance Technology’s award-winning storage product lines.”

The partnership between ETI and Newegg with their award-winning online retail platform and superior customer service, will give shoppers a quick and convenient access to a variety of storage arrays. Online shoppers will have access to the EnhanceBOX E Series Desktop storage arrays, EnhanceRAID Rackmount storage systems, EnhanceRAID T Series Desktop storage and multi-disk backplane & removable storage modules. For a full list of available products, please visit


About Enhance Technology

Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for the digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, data archive applications, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with an Asian branch in Taipei Taiwan and a newly established European branch in Germany, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development. For more information about Enhance Technology, please visit or contact your local dealer.



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ANDA Networks Launches EtherProbe Products for End-to End Real-Time Ethernet Performance Monitoring

ANDA Networks Launches EtherProbe Products for End-to End Real-Time Ethernet Performance Monitoring

First “Ethernet Service Verification Tool In–a-Box” Enables Real-Time, Non-Intrusive SLA Monitoring Offering Carriers a Cost Effective Path to Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Services

SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ANDA Networks, the leader in carrier-class fiber and copper-based access network platforms, today launched its new EtherProbe™ series products, the first stand-alone Ethernet traffic monitoring and service level agreement (SLA) verification solution, fully contained within the customer network terminating equipment (NTE). Using ANDA’s new EtherProbe capabilities provides carriers with new revenue-generating Carrier Ethernet 2.0 capabilities while also reducing management OPEX and equipment CAPEX.

Integrated hardware and software tools within the EtherProbe units eliminate the need for adjunct probes, remote test sets, and external data collection tools on either end of the transmission link. Service providers and enterprise end users now have a cost-effective way to remotely monitor real-time network performance, detect degradation, and automatically switch to back-up paths for their Ethernet based WAN connections.

Using ANDA’s new EtherProbe integrated NTEs, carriers benefit from intelligent end-to-end Ethernet demarcation with enhanced performance monitoring capabilities including tracking and measurement of key performance metrics such as throughput, packet loss, jitter, delay, and delay variation as just a few examples. More importantly, measurements are obtained in-line and in real-time with actual customer traffic flows without disrupting their service performance. Because such metrics are readily available and accurate on a real-time basis, carriers can easily implement and enforce relevant service level agreements without having to disrupt customers’ services to run performance tests as with typical RFC2544 measurements.

“A key goal of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is the delivery of overall management and control plane capabilities enabling service providers to rapidly order, provision, manage and bill for their Ethernet services,” said Stan Hubbard, senior analyst for Heavy Reading. “EtherProbe offers service providers end-to-end network visibility without unnecessary network elements and restores to Ethernet networks the lost visibility and performance monitoring that carriers and large enterprises had with traditional SONET/SDH TDM based networks. Operators gain the end-to-end capability to deliver superior Ethernet cost/performance backed by revenue-generating SLA’s with customer-centric guarantees.”

Available for immediate release are the EtherProbe 1006 for Ethernet-over-fiber connectivity and the EtherProbe 2108 products for Ethernet-over-copper based T1/E1 circuits. The new EtherProbe products are the first EtherTone access devices carrying the integrated real-time performance monitoring capabilities. The EtherProbe 1006 is used in Ethernet-over-fiber applications supporting up to 6 10/100/1000BT or GigE SFP connections and can monitor hundreds of flows. Flows can be defined as ports, VLANs, PBT tunnels or as granular as EVCs within defined VLANs or PBT tunnels. The EtherProbe 2108 is optimal for providing Ethernet-over-TDM (bonded T1/E1 circuits) ideal for monitoring and terminating mid-band Ethernet connections over the existing copper network or wireless backhaul circuits typically using leased line T1/E1 infrastructure.

Only EtherProbe gathers data inline with the customer’s traffic in real time, directly from the NTE over any type of network infrastructure. Previously, data could only be derived and approximated at link set-up or during a test situation. By evaluating link behavior non-intrusively while the actual traffic is running, EtherProbe provides carriers with actual rather than simulated data, generating higher quality results, without requiring additional special equipment such as remote test probes.

EtherProbe-enabled devices monitor every byte of every packet, in real time, hop-by-hop, end-to-end and can proactively inform the service provider when network performance has degraded below pre-determined customer SLA levels. EtherProbe can be configured to proactively provide alarms to the service provider and/or customer via customized threshold settings, or trigger a protection switchover to an alternate path in sub50 msec for mission-critical applications requiring high up-time and network resiliency. EtherProbe provides 24 hours of data storage within the NTE, in one-second intervals and can also be integrated with popular performance management tools, element and network management systems either via standard SNMP or common data export file formats for historical trending analyses.

“Carriers are looking to increase their ARPU by offering more highly segmented service level agreements,” notes Charles Kenmore, ANDA Networks CEO. “By adding EtherProbe to our carrier class, market leading Ethernet access devices, we offer service providers greater control of their networks with true end-to-end network visibility and resiliency. These capabilities enable new revenue sources through new applications specific service offerings from SLA’s backed by EtherProbe-generated data while minimizing the OPEX to actually manage their networks. This fulfills our vision of Carrier Ethernet 2.0.”

The new EtherProbe 1006 and 2108 series for either fiber or copper based access networks are available immediately for new deployments. For the over 20,000 ANDA platforms already customer deployed, ANDA has an optional no-truck roll upgrade for existing ANDA EtherTone® portfolio devices providing an easy migration path for adding real-time performance monitoring of Layer-2 traffic flows.

ANDA will be demonstrating EtherProbe at the Light Reading Ethernet Expo Europe 2009, May 13-14.

About ANDA Networks

ANDA Networks, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, provides Carrier Class Ethernet platforms delivering cost-effective Metro Ethernet services over fiber, copper and wireless access networks worldwide. Over 20,000 platforms deployed on several tier-one carriers’ networks globally, ANDA’s Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) certified access products allow carriers to solve bandwidth and functionality limits, effectively facilitating migration to next-generation network services. The ANDA EtherTone® family of products enable carriers to deliver Ethernet private lines, converged VoIP, and circuit-to-packet managed services by leveraging highly economical Ethernet technology. For more information, please visit

ANDA, EtherProbe, EtherView, EtherTone, EtherEdge, EtherReach and EtherSLAM are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANDA Networks. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Windstream to acquire D&E Communications

Windstream to acquire D&E Communications

• Nearly doubles company’s operating presence in Pennsylvania with addition of approximately 165,000 access lines and about 44,000 high-speed Internet customers

• Expands CLEC operations with addition of seven markets in Pennsylvania

• Provides opportunity to generate significant synergies and operating efficiencies with contiguous markets

• Accretive to free cash flow in first full year and reduces dividend payout ratio

Release date: May 11, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire D&E Communications (NASDAQ: DECC), based in Ephrata, Pa., in a transaction valued at approximately $330 million.

D&E Communications shareholders will receive 0.650 shares of Windstream stock and $5 in cash per each D&E share under terms of the agreement approved by the board of directors of both companies. Windstream expects to issue approximately 9.5 million shares of stock valued at $86 million, based on the company’s closing stock price on May 8, 2009, and pay approximately $73 million in cash as part of the transaction. Windstream also will assume estimated net debt of approximately $171 million. Windstream intends to finance the acquisition with existing cash and current capacity on its revolving credit agreement.

“D&E Communications is an exceptional, well-run company with a quality network that is 100 percent broadband capable,” said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream. “These properties significantly expand our operations in Pennsylvania and provide the opportunity to grow cash flow, reduce our dividend payout ratio and create value for shareholders and customers.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2009, subject to certain conditions, including necessary approvals from federal and state regulators and D&E Communications shareholders.

Operating Information

Windstream adds highly complementary rural properties in Pennsylvania under the transaction. Windstream currently has approximately 200,000 access lines and serves 85 exchanges in Pennsylvania.

D&E Communications has approximately 118,000 ILEC access lines and about 44,000 high-speed Internet customers. High-speed Internet service is available to 100 percent of D&E’s ILEC lines, nearly half of which can offer speeds up to 10 Mbps.

D&E operates as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in Altoona, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottstown, Reading, State College and Williamsport and serves approximately 47,000 lines.

The transaction also includes six wireless licenses for 700 MHz spectrum covering a population of approximately 1.3 million in central Pennsylvania.

Financial Information

D&E Communications generated $148 million in revenue and $64 million in operating income before depreciation and amortization (OIBDA) in the twelve months ended March 31, 2009.

Windstream estimates the transaction will be accretive to free cash flow after expected annual synergies of approximately $25 million in operating expenses and capital expenditure savings. The transaction value represents a multiple of 3.7x OIBDA, after expected synergies.

Additional Information

Stephens Inc. and Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisers and Kutak Rock LLP acted as legal adviser to Windstream on the transaction. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Barley Snyder LLC acted as financial and legal advisers to D&E Communications.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release references the non-GAAP financial measure OIBDA for the twelve months ended March 31, 2009. A reconciliation of OIBDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is presented below:

Operating income under GAAP: ($10 million)

Depreciation and amortization: $29 million

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment: + $46 million

OIBDA: $64 million

About Windstream

Windstream Corporation is an S&P 500 company that provides digital phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition video and entertainment services to residential and business customers in 16 states. The company has approximately 3 million access lines and about $3.2 billion in annual revenues. Windstream is ranked 4th in the 2009 BusinessWeek 50 ranking of the best performing U.S. companies. For more information about Windstream, visit

About D&E Communications

D&E is an integrated communications provider offering residential Voice, Video, High Speed Broadband and On-Site Computer Support services as well as business-class Networking, Business Continuity, IT, Security, Voice and Training solutions. Based in Lancaster County, D&E has been serving communities in central Pennsylvania with industry-leading innovation and an enterprising spirit for more than 100 years. For more information, visit

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Windstream claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the completion of the acquisition and expected benefits of the acquisition, are subject to uncertainties that could cause actual future events and results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions that Windstream believes are reasonable but are not guarantees of future events and results. Actual future events and results of Windstream may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of important factors. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated above include, among others: receipt of required approvals of regulatory agencies and D&E Communications’ stockholders; the possibility that the anticipated benefits from the acquisition cannot be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the possibility that costs or difficulties related to the integration of D&E Communications operations into Windstream will be greater than expected; the ability of the combined company to retain and hire key personnel; and those additional factors under the caption “Risk Factors” in Windstream’s Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes and results may differ materially because of more general factors including, among others, general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, and governmental and public policy changes. Windstream undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The foregoing review of factors that could cause Windstream’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect Windstream’s future results included in Windstream’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This press release may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the proposed merger of D&E Communications and Windstream. In connection with the proposed merger, Windstream will file a Registration Statement on Form S-4 and D&E Communications will file a proxy statement with the SEC. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE FORM S-4 AND THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THOSE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED MERGER. The final proxy statement will be mailed to shareholders of D&E Communications. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the Form S-4 and the proxy statement, when they become available, and other documents filed by Windstream and D&E Communications with the SEC, at the SEC’s Web site at Free copies of the Form S-4 and the proxy statement, when they become available, may also be obtained from Windstream upon written request to Windstream Investor Relations, 4001 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212 or by calling (866) 320-7922, or from D&E Communications upon written request to D&E Communications, P.O. Box 458, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522, Attention: Corporate Secretary or by calling (877) 433-8632.

D&E Communications, Windstream and their respective officers and directors may be deemed to be soliciting proxies from D&E Communications’ shareholders in favor of the proposed merger. Information regarding D&E Communications’ directors and executive officers can be found in D&E Communications’ Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants will be included in the proxy statement and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.


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Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage

Verizon Business Expands IT Consulting Services Aimed at Application Management, Storage  

New Professional Services Address Continued Global Demand From Enterprises for Help Managing IT Environments  

BASKING RIDGE, N.J.  – To meet the growing demand from enterprises for help maximizing IT environments, Verizon Business is expanding its already robust portfolio of global professional consulting services.

The company announced Wednesday (May 6) seven additional IT consulting services that address the need for global enterprises to optimize the performance of applications operating on their networks and to securely store the growing volume of corporate data.  The new professional application-assessment and storage services — available in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region — will be delivered by specially trained and experienced consultants.

Global managed and professional services — a key part of Verizon Business’ strategic services offerings — represent a significant growth area for the company.  It expects to experience continued expansion in this area throughout 2009.  Verizon Business’ strategic services — which also include fast-growing IP (Internet protocol), Ethernet and security solutions — drove revenue of $1.5 billion in the first quarter 2009, up 7.5 percent from the first quarter 2008.  

“IT performance is taking on new meaning in today’s challenging business environment,” said Kerry Bailey, senior vice president — global services, Verizon Business.  “Rather than just hoping their IT environment will perform optimally, companies need to be proactive in managing their applications and ensuring critical company data is stored appropriately for safekeeping and retrieval.  Through our expanded portfolio we are helping companies do all this securely and without missing a beat.”

Amy DeCarlo, principal analyst – managed IT services, Current Analysis, said: “Enterprises are looking for flexible options when making decisions about enhancing their IT and network environments.  The fact that Verizon Business is vendor- and technology-neutral gives customers more alternatives to choose from to ensure they have access to solutions tailored to fit their particular needs.”

Helping Enterprises Address LAN and WAN Performance Challenges

Through the company’s new standardized suite of Network Application Assessment professional services, customers can easily address periodic local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) performance issues that can slow down the delivery of applications to corporate users. This suite also can help companies plan for long-term growth needs.

These new application-assessment services, which offer customers the ability to reactively or proactively review the health of their applications and networks and identify potential areas for remediation, are:

Critical Business Problem Resolution:  For organizations needing to immediately address critical business issues, Verizon Business can help them to investigate and identify root cause of network issues and facilitate troubleshooting as well as provide recommendations on how to resolve WAN and LAN issues contributing to the degradation of application delivery.  Areas of focus include analysis on multiple aspects of the network, including how applications are utilized and end-to-end performance between end users and applications.

Application Infrastructure Analysis:  Provides a proactive analysis of the customer’s existing network, application infrastructure and architecture with a focus on application performance, including the network’s ability to support new applications such as VoIP and SAP.  Results of this analysis can be used by the customer for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; documentation of existing network infrastructure; business continuity planning; capacity analysis, including peak season performance analysis and end-of-life network and application infrastructure redundancy and/or scalability.

Network Health Assessment: For organizations proactive in their approach, Verizon Business experts can provide a Network Health Assessment service that examines a customer’s existing network infrastructure and architecture.  Results can be used for current or future IT planning, as well as IT budget planning; network re-architecture; end-of-life network hardware analysis; network improvements, including WAN acceleration options; or identification or analysis of any latency issues. Service is ideal for organizations wishing to establish a reference design to address known areas of concern; identify traffic flow; baseline the current network performance by device and by link, as well as document and review critical business process that include applications.

 Storage Considerations Key Among Enterprises

 More and more enterprises need ways to manage and store data in an increasingly information-driven world. Verizon Business industry experts can help organizations assess existing storage configurations as well as design and build new storage solutions that help them meet their IT requirements and data storage regulations.  The four new consulting services are:   

Storage Assessment: Assess current storage solutions and recommend improvements based on the customer’s technical and business requirements.

Database Assessment and Design: Examine existing database solution and recommend improvements based on the customer’s IT and business environment.  

Database Backup/Replication Assessment: Assess current data backup and/or data replication strategies and recommend improvements for either data retention or backup policies.

Storage Integration: Implement a new storage solution and migrate data for storage area network (SAN)-based applications.

With these capabilities in addition to extensive managed service offerings, Verizon Business is able to offer and support the entire lifecycle of data and storage solutions as part of an overall infrastructure management engagement. Enterprises can turn to Verizon Business to find the right solution to meet their specific needs — whether it’s moving to virtualization; or the need to augment a company’s data replication strategy or improve its database configuration; or address whether an organization wants to transition from a distributed data configuration to a SAN architecture.

All Verizon Business storage consulting and management services are delivered by professionals certified and trained in storage technologies, including EMC-certified engineers, who can implement and develop infrastructure and tools for management.              

Delivering Solutions Through Key Practice Areas

Verizon Business excels in delivering solutions across key practice areas that address a wide range of business and technology issues for today’s extended enterprise, which includes employees, customers, partners and suppliers.

 The professional services team is able to provide guidance and recommendations for accelerating the transition to new technologies, applications and delivery methods, as well as address data storage and security compliance requirements.  

Verizon Business delivers a standardized set of more than 50 professional-service capabilities in four key practice areas: Security Solutions, IT Solutions, Network Engineering and Integration Services, and Communications Solutions.

The company provides a complementary set of managed network, managed hosting and managed security offerings, and manages and maintains more than 4,000 customer networks and more than 270,000 communications devices around the globe. Its global infrastructure, including one of the most expansive and the most connected global IP networks in the world, provides a unique foundation from which to serve multinational customers.

For more information, visit

 About Verizon Business Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions.  We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees – enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments – including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions – rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at


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