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China Netcom deploys Luminous Networks' RPR-based metro platform in nine cities

January 15, 2002

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CUPERTINO, Calif. -- Luminous Networks, the first provider of carrier-class optical Ethernet platforms for metropolitan area networks, today announced that China Netcom Corporation has deployed Luminous' PacketWave(TM) -- the first live multi-service resilient packet ring (RPR) platform -- and is generating revenue with a range of customers, including the Shanghai stock exchange. Luminous' platform is the industry's first RPR-based product deployed in live networks that can handle both time division multiplex (TDM) circuit voice traffic and data services over a single packet-based platform. China Netcom is deploying Luminous' metro platform in nine cities, including Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Foshan, Shunde, Mianyang, Quanzhou, Shaoxing, and Jiaxing, spanning five provinces. Installation has been completed in six cities, with the remaining three set for early 2002. System integration for this aggressive rollout is managed by Luminous' strategic partner, Photonic Bridges, a specialist in next-generation network deployments in China. With Luminous, China Netcom can now use one platform that supports Internet access, enterprise virtual private networks (VPNs), leased lines, and voice services, allowing delivery of application-specific and customer-specific transport services. This real-world application demonstrates the ability of Luminous' Resilient Packet Transport(TM) (RPT), a superset of the emerging RPR standard, to rapidly generate carrier revenue. This single cost-effective, packet-based solution allows carriers to scale service offerings to support Ethernet services, leased line services and Internet access. The platform handles burst traffic, provides high reliability and supports a range of quality of service (QoS) agreements with high availability. "This solution has given us the flexibility to offer all our voice and data services on one efficient metro platform, and our customers are responding. In Shanghai, 100 customers signed up within one week after the equipment was installed," said Chareleson Zheng, chief operating officer of China Netcom. "Not only are we able to see immediate return on equipment investment now, but with Luminous we have all the infrastructure we need to grow our service offerings and revenue in the future."Luminous Networks Inc.China Netcom Corp. Ltd.

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