Wave7 adds extended reach optics to Last Mile Link and Layer 2 capabilities to its Last Mile Gateway; announces new customers

October 4, 2004

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wave7 Optics today announced here at the FTTH Conference and Expo that its industry-leading line of next generation optical broadband access equipment, the Last Mile Link (LML), now allows service providers to triple the size of their service area via the incorporation of extended reach optics.

The company's "Last Mile Core" (LMC) OLT (optical line terminal) unit can now reach subscribers up to 18 km distant when deployed in a "central office" type location and subscribers up to 88 km distant when deployed remotely - an improvement from the 10 and 70 km limits in the previous version of the LMC. The new LMC is fully "backwards compatible" with the installed base of Wave7 equipment.

The LMC is unique among PON OLTs in that it can be deployed remotely from the central office in a distributed architecture or as the centerpiece in a more classical PON approach. This provides the network operator the greatest flexibility available today, compared to other PON equipment, when developing their FTTP topology.

In a separate release:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wave7 Optics today announced the capability to provide Gigabit bandwidth connections for business customers here at the FTTH Conference and Expo. Specifically, Wave7 Optics is introducing a new version of their "Last Mile Gateway" customer premises product that features compatibility to the IEEE 802.3 ah standard and "layer 2" capabilities for commercial applications, such as "VLAN" (virtual local area network) based services. .

"The Last Mile Link can provide up to 500 Mb of capacity per subscriber in a layer 3 point-to-multipoint implementation using Ethernet and IP - which is ideal for large-scale residential deployments, but many businesses these days prefer to have at least a Gigabit of bandwidth and their comparatively small numbers are not conducive to multipoint implementations," said Emmanuel Vella, Chief Marketing Officer of Wave7 Optics. "Therefore, in order for our customers to meet the needs of this customer segment, we are leveraging our expertise in IP and Ethernet based networks to create a new class of CPE that offers a cost-effective point-to-point layer 2 implementation and Gigabit bandwidth capability."

Earlier this year Wave7 Optics leveraged its PON expertise to develop an advanced triple play BPON product offering in conjunction with Hitachi, Ltd., the world leader in BPON deployments. This latest product introduction serves to broaden the already extensive Wave7 FTTP product portfolio across all segments of the market.

In an additional release:

ATLANTA -- Wave7 Optics Inc., the world's leading supplier of point-to-multipoint Ethernet FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) systems for residential and business services, today announced that Ringgold Telephone has selected the Last Mile Link (LML) system for new housing developments under construction in its service area. Ringgold is an independent operating company (for local and long-distance telephone and video services) and Internet service provider with 14,000 access lines serving most of Catoosa County in northwest Georgia.

Ringgold's initial FTTP network, a "green fields" deployment, will deliver a 38 Mb connection to each subscriber for a triple play package of TDM voice, digital IP television and data services.

"We are currently providing IPTV over DSL and we understand the bandwidth limitations of that technology, said Tommy Holcombe, VP of Operations, Ringgold Telephone Company. "Services such as HDTV are pushing us to fiber optics and the Last Mile Link gives us pretty much unlimited bandwidth for HDTV and other services coming down the road."

In another release:

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Wave7 Optics Inc., the world's leading supplier of point-to-multipoint Ethernet FTTP (fiber-to-the-premises) systems for residential and business services, today announced that Izumo Cablevision is deploying Wave7's Last Mile Link (LML) optical broadband system in a new network serving the city of Taki-Cho (Shimane Prefecture).

"The Taki Cho municipality felt strongly that IP voice and RF video service support were absolute system requirements and that very high speed data transmission capability would be essential to permit future service expansion," said Tom Tighe, CEO of Wave7 Optics. "As a result, Izumo opted to deploy an FTTP network as opposed to a more conventional HFC system. Our partners in Japan, Hitachi Kokusai, were able to offer the LML system to Izumo to meet all the service and bandwidth requirements of the municipality. In addition, the LML provides all of these services over a 'single fiber' architecture, which dramatically reduces costs, compared to other FTTP systems."

The network is also unique in that Izumo offers each subscriber to select an individualized package of services on an "a la carte" basis. Izumo Cable provided fiber interconnects to the Taki Cho government backbone fiber network. From these interconnects, "Last Mile Core" OLTs (optical line terminals) are deployed in the field in a distributed architecture and then connected to "Last Mile Gateway" customer premises devices as part of the first phase deployment. Hitachi Kokusai is responsible for the deployment of the LML and the rest of the FTTP infrastructure, including the multi-layer switches, SIP server and video headend equipment.

Wave7 Optics Inc.

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