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Metro-Optix and Next Level pass tests with Iowa Network Services; Metro-Optix releases version 2.0 of CityStream platform
June 3, 2002
ATLANTA -- Metro-Optix (booth 12259 at SUPERCOMM) and Next Level Communications (NASDAQ:NXTV) announced today that Iowa Network Services, which is owned by 127 rural independent Iowa telephone companies, has completed a trial of Metro-Optix’s CityStream multi-service provisioning platform and the Next Level Full Service Access Platform.The combined end-to-end ATM capabilities of Metro-Optix and Next Level are complementary solutions, efficiently lowering INS' overall service delivery costs per subscriber for high-speed video and Internet data services.“The combined solution of CityStream and Next Level’s Full Service Access Platform appears to have a lot of the Moore’s Law-type quality to it where they can eventually replace many other network elements, which would allow our independents to pass the savings on to the end user,” said Bob Sherlock, Vice President of Engineering, INS. “Together they seem to be an excellent fit for our applications, our multiple technologies and our network migration. We’re very pleased with the success of the trial.”In a separate release:Metro-Optix (booth 12259 at SUPERCOMM), creators of the award-winning CityStream™ bandwidth manager for optical edge TDM, ATM, IP and MPLS services, today announced general availability of release 2.0 of CityStream 5000, which features wideband cross-connect functionality.With this release, Metro-Optix is re-establishing the boundary limits for carriers for VT 1.5 circuits, with 10,752 by 10,752 switching capacity, at the “edge” to eliminate the need for backhauling traffic to a central office for processing. This provides important economic benefits, as real estate and operating costs are much higher in a “CO” than at the edge of the network.This latest release integrates wideband TDM cross-connect functionality including DS3 test access to an already versatile CityStream platform which also offers ATM service access multiplexer and ATM switch (announced in March 2002) functionality combined with Next Generation SONET add/drop multiplexer capabilities. The wideband cross-connect functionality has been trialed with several leading service providers and is now generally available and shipping for customer field installations.The latest version of CityStream supports popular ATM Services -- CBR, UBR, and VBRrt (constant, unspecified and real time variable bit rates) – and can support any combination of clear channel DS3 and ATM DS3 in the same multi-port DS3 module. This takes Metro-Optix one step closer to creating a totally flexible, “penalty-free” environment for carriers as they migrate from a predominantly voice-based network to one incorporating cell- and packet-based data services. Metro-Optix calls this “protocol agility.”Metro-Optix Inc.Next Level CommunicationsFor more information on Supercomm 2002, please visit: Supercomm Special
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