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FlexLight Bags $3M More

More good news is trickling in for FlexLight Networks on the Giga-PON front.

You ask: What, someone's buying the stuff?

Well, not just yet. But the company's investors are standing behind the vendor as it works through carrier lab trials in hopes of some future sales.

FlexLight Networks confirms that investors chipped in for $3 million more during the fourth quarter of 2002. "Our insiders did come up with more money and we're in the process of raising a Series B round," says Gary Lee, FlexLight's CEO.

Lee says FlexLight hopes to raise between $10 million and $12 million during the round. Coral Ventures and Concord Ventures have contributed.

Earlier this month, FlexLight announced that its gear for supporting passive optical networks (PONs) operating at greater-than-gigabit speeds was generally available. It has since acknowledged it's finished lab trials with France Telecom SA (NYSE: FTE) -- and Lee says in the next two months the company should have about half a dozen carriers testing its gear (see FT Evaluates FlexLight's GPON).

The company's Optimate gear uses passive splitters to share optical bandwidth among multiple users, avoiding the cost of laying individual fiber links. FlexLight says its gear provides speeds up to 2.5 Gbit/s downstream and up to 1.25 Gbit/s upstream at a range of at least 20 km between switch and user (see Giga-PON Ships Quietly).

FlexLight has 30 employees, mostly engineers based in Israel. "It's phenomenal what they've been able to accomplish," Lee says.

The company's prior funding consisted of an $8.5 million Series A round from Coral and Concord and another $1.5 million on behalf of Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist, the research and development arm of the Israeli Ministry of Trade.

FlexLight competes with Alloptic Inc. and Salira Optical Network Systems Inc., amongst others. — Phil Harvey, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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BobbyMax 12/5/2012 | 12:34:18 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More First of all it should be observed that Alloptic wishes to replace TDM networks with PON based Ethernet. I think this proposition is simply preposterous. TDM networks, although inefficient, cannot be replaced. So I do not who buy the Alloptic oroducts.

FlexLight accomodates the TDM network rather than replacing it. This makes the product much more adoptable than the Alloptic products. Furthermore the FlexLight products products follow the relevant standards. This would make the FlexLight products much more acceptable to the service providers.
lastmilebull 12/5/2012 | 12:34:17 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More So I login, read the news, and see this post. Have to wonder whether or not the author is one of three things:

1. A self-proclaimed consultant that only knows what he reads off "marketing slides/data sheets"?
2. Someone that works for the company mentioned and is using this board to dig the competition?
3. A prospective customer that has been fed the "koolaid" of the company and promised friends and family stock?

With all that being said, and the readers choosing the proper classification of the author, I'd like to say one thing:

"If you haven't touched, or configured the equipment of any PON vendor, much less FlexLight's, stay off the dance floor and leave it to the true professionals!!!"



2005 is the year!
WhosThat 12/5/2012 | 12:34:15 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More I had to read this article because I think PON is the next new technology. I looked at all vendors and did some very quick research, specific to Alloptic and FlexLight, since you mentioned them.

Looking at both vendors web sites it becomes evident that you have no idea what your talking about! The article states "in the next two months the company should have about half a dozen carriers testing its gear"for FlexLight. Which to me means they have no product today and no customers today. Maybe a couple of trials in the "next two months". Looking at Alloptic web page, they have a couple of press releases of actual customers, along with trials.

It looks like FlexLight's solution is a two chassis solution where Alloptic's is a Chassis and a CPE device. Which one is more flexable and probably cheaper? Probably Alloptic's

How can you say "Alloptic wishes to replace TDM networks with PON based Ethernet" when that is the same thing that FlexLight is doing, they make PON equipment, DUH!

It is apparant that you have something against Alloptic and something for FlexLight by your comments. All my information was gathered off of their web sites in a matter of 1/2 hour. Do your research before posting a note against any specific vendor.
marmur 12/5/2012 | 12:34:08 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More I am the FlexLight CTO and therefore obviously I have something for FlexLight.... Still, I think your are missing the main point here. TDM support is a crucial factor in any access network, and while Ethernet services drive demand for bandwidth voice is still the major source for revenues. EPON based systems do not include a standard solution for TDM support, since the IEEE 802.3ah (EPON) standard deals only with Ethernet and no other service. Vendors, such as Alloptic, use proprietary solutions to emulate TDM over Ethernet, which are not only not standardized but also do not work well under network congestion. GPON, on the other hand, based upon FSAN and ITU-T work offer a standard way to synchronously map TDM services onto the GPON protocol using GFP, in a similar way to how TDM is carries over a SONET/SDH network.
There is also the issue of efficiency - EPON, though is based upon a line rate of 1.25G, has a 50% efficiency leading to only 600M of effective bandwidth, while GPON has an efficiency of 94%, leading to substantially more "revenue bits". GPON was designed with both high efficiency and TDM support as the main goals, based upon detailed requirements put forth by all operators and service providers in FSAN.
These factors should be taken into account when viewing the big picture and comparing EPON and GPON systems. The question here is not Ethernet in the First Mile but Ethernet as the First Mile - GPON supports Ethernet as well but does not rely solely on Ethernet.
This is what I think the original writer was aiming for G㢠the main issue here is not the PON itself, which behaves similarly with all systems, but the services supported over t and the flexibility in adding new ones in the future. GPON clearly has the advantage here, which is why the vast majority of PON vendors as well as RBOCs and ILECs from around the world are were involved in the latest GPON standardization work.
beachboy 12/5/2012 | 12:34:03 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More I think what the first person was aiming for was what he's always aiming for. It is to stir up controversy and generate lots of posts. BobbyMax is a troll. The advice as always on dealing with message board trolls is to ignore them.
Here's a thought - perhaps BobbyMax is an LR staffer.
gea 12/5/2012 | 12:34:00 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More You folks ared definitely new to the boards. The things that BoobyMax has said about various products are wrong to the point of absurdity and beyond.

Even in this case in his post we have the obvious solipsism, which I'll paraphrase:

"BoobyMax attempts to make an intelligent, coherent statement. This is impossible because BoobyMax is a sloppy idiot."
mdwdm 12/5/2012 | 12:33:55 AM
re: FlexLight Bags $3M More I observed that BobbyMax actually has a point to make in most of his comments. But they are very difficult to read, which causes the kiwi telecom expert on this board to ramble daily.

This is what I think the original writer was aiming for G㢠the main issue here is not the PON itself, which behaves similarly with all systems, but the services supported over t and the flexibility in adding new ones in the future.
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