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Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal

CHELMSFORD, Mass., and ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. -- Astral Point Communications, Inc. and NetAdvantage, Inc. announced today that they have signed a Teaming Agreement selecting NetAdvantage as the preferred provider of optical network planning tools to be used in designing and implementing optical networks for Astral Point customers. NetAdvantage’s optical network planning technology will enable Astral Point customers to reduce costs, central office floor space, and power requirements by optimizing equipment configuration and traffic routing. NetAdvantage’s planning tools also allow cost-effective utilization of mesh restoration, traffic splitting, and deployment of equipment such as optical switches and DWDM systems.

According to George Fischer, senior director of NetAdvantage, "NetAdvantage is pleased that Astral Point has chosen to utilize our suite of network optimization technologies for their customers’ use in designing and planning new metropolitan optical networks. We expect that this relationship will enhance the way service providers make use of the Astral Point solution to create new revenue streams and lower operating costs as they turn up high-speed services."

http://www.astralpoint.com
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adithyan 12/4/2012 | 8:44:17 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Anybody heard of the company netadvantage. If they do what they say they do then AP is going
to get immense benefits
fk 12/4/2012 | 8:44:16 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal I don't see this as being worthy of being termed "great". It seems to me to be more of a "heartbeat" marketing release, an indication that Astral is still alive, more than any substantive announcement. YMMV
mvn104 12/4/2012 | 8:44:06 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Does anyone think AP will survive the current market conditions and such a crowded space of Metro DWDM?
_____ 12/4/2012 | 8:43:50 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Survive? Maybe. But more like linger.
Thrive- No, never.
sinclair 12/4/2012 | 8:43:49 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal AP must be desperate to announce stuff like this. No real customers....and running out of money fast....They are just a slow death ride.....Most of their development team is moving on(Equipe)...and rumour has it their sales team is starting to leave....Can only go on for so long with zero sales............Someone should just shoot them and put them out of their painful slow death.
adithyan 12/4/2012 | 8:43:44 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Siclair, I am sure you work for one
of these companies sitting infront
of us in the death row like Zaffire
or Mayan

I have been watching AP for
a year and a half now. They are doing
pretty good and if there is going to be
any boom in the metro access market
the company is sure to thrive
sinclair 12/4/2012 | 8:43:42 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Must say that there is not much to watch over at AP. Sales wins with no actual product...still in real early evaluation stages....sister prodcuts that come and go..........and the worst thing is the people leaving (eng and sales).....
First there was Iron...next will be Ennovate..and next will be AP.
Chuoy in charge of Eng???I heard that this guy drove people out of Lucent cause his clueless managment...well I guess this would be in par with AP
drone387 12/4/2012 | 8:43:41 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal Checked out their press releases:
Time Warner, up to $100M - probably a few
boxes up front with large number as options.
Probably got caught in the capital
expenditure down turn that whacked all the
cable company suppliers. DSL was also
starting to pull ahead of cable modems.

Advanced Telecom Group, no $$$ - can't say
I heard of these guys, must be a third tier
outfit. Not going to be a big sales driver.

Reseller agreements are Plan B when you can't sell to the big boys. Sales/Marketing plans are targeted toward winning a few big accounts. When this doesn't happen, everyone has to scramble to reach the third tier. High Effort/Low Payoff.
adithyan 12/4/2012 | 8:43:41 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal All I am saying is that they are way
better off than many other metro optical
companies. I know that a lot of people
in Massachsetts think very highly of
the Enginering team. They sure do lack
the website flamboyance and flashy
marketing press releases. But I count
them and QB to be companies in NE that
stand a chance in optical
fk 12/4/2012 | 8:43:40 PM
re: Astral Point, NetAdvantage Ink Deal >But I count them and QB to be companies in NE that stand a chance in optical

Which is more a reflection on your understanding of the metro optical market than those companies' relative standing in that space...
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