Pioneer Telephone, Fidelity Communications, and Sho-Me deploy Meriton’s managed high-speed metro (HSM) services architecture

June 1, 2004

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OTTAWA -- Meriton Networks Inc., the leading provider of carrier-class wavelength networking systems, and Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Inc. announced today that Pioneer has successfully deployed Meriton’s managed High-Speed Metro (HSM) services architecture. Pioneer is the largest telephone cooperative in Oklahoma and the third largest cooperative in the United States. Pioneer is a multi-service communications company with more than 140,000 total customers/members in 30 counties. Pioneer provides an array of communications products and services, including Cellular, DSL, Long Distance, Internet, Paging, Security Systems, Key System Sales/Maintenance and Directory Advertisement.

The products used for Pioneer’s network included Meriton Networks’ 3300 OSU (Optical Services Unit), 8300 EMS (Element Management System) and 8600 NMS (Network Management System). The initial installation covered 90 miles through five central offices allowing for a cost effective network expansion. Future installations will follow as fiber usage grows beyond existing capabilities.

“The Meriton Networks HSM architecture is a good fit for our network,” said Michael Baustert, division manager of network engineering, planning and design at Pioneer Telephone. “Meriton offered the best overall solution that addresses our immediate needs, as well as provides a cost-effective, platform that accommodates extensions and additions in the years to come.”

“We are very pleased to have been chosen by Pioneer Telephone as the foundation for their new services and network expansion efforts,” said Mike Gassewitz, president of Meriton Networks. “To be selected from 11 WDM vendors is a tremendous validation that we bring unique and compelling value to service providers.”

In a separate release:

OTTAWA -- Meriton Networks Inc., the leading provider of carrier-class wavelength networking systems, and Fidelity Communications Company announced today that Fidelity has successfully deployed Meriton's managed High-Speed Metro (HSM) services architecture. A diversified Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) that delivers a broad range of communications services to businesses and consumers throughout Missouri, Fidelity will expand its service offerings to include Video-on-Demand (VOD), a value-add service heavily demanded by its customer base.

Adding Video-on-Demand services presented a few challenges to Fidelity, however. First, to accommodate the increased traffic volume, Fidelity Communications needed Gigabit Ethernet transport. This meant adding capacity to their existing SONET rings. To address the issue of fiber constraint, Fidelity Communications evaluated Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) solutions, in addition to various SONET offerings. Second, Fidelity needed a solution that was cost-effective, and that would scale as their customer base and service offerings expanded. Third, Fidelity wanted a solution that was flexible enough to allow it to extend to regional networks.

"We have been extremely impressed with the capabilities of the Meriton team and the HSM architecture," said Mike Davis, senior vice president with Fidelity Communications. "The transparent nature of the architecture means that we can be first-to-market in our service area with innovative services such as Video-on-Demand, and be well positioned to address the future needs of our customers."

"Fidelity Communications has built an extraordinary reputation for providing its customers with world-class communications services," said Mike Gassewitz, president of Meriton Networks. "We are very excited that they have chosen Meriton Networks' HSM architecture as the platform that will help them advance their business now and in the years forward."

In an additional release:

OTTAWA -- Meriton Networks Inc., the leading provider of carrier-class wavelength networking systems, and Sho-Me Technologies, the fiber optics subsidiary of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, announced today that Sho-Me has selected Meriton’s managed High-Speed Metro (HSM) architecture for its high-speed regional backbone network. With nine cooperative member utilities, Sho-Me Technologies has an advanced optical network that covers 600 miles. Also, Sho-Me provides critical connectivity in the 20-member Cooperatives’ Broadband Network, an advanced optical network that covers Missouri, Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. The sales agreement between Sho-Me and Meriton encompasses all 20 members of the Cooperatives’ Broadband Network.

“As a result of our strong growth over the last six years, fiber exhaust was an issue, and it was clear that to add capacity to our network, the use of DWDM offered the most utility for the least investment, ” said Kevin Hopper, Manager of Operations and Engineering for Sho-Me Power. “Of all the DWDM options we explored, none came close to the Meriton HSM architecture for cost-effectively meeting our switching, capacity and maintenance needs.”

“Sho-Me Technologies is recognized as a technology leader within the community of 2,000 utility telecom service providers in the United States,” said David Shpigler, president of The Shpigler Group and director of research for UTC, the organization that represents the telecommunications interests of electric and gas utilities, water companies, gas pipelines and other critical infrastructure entities. “Sho-Me has positioned itself extremely well to take advantage of the strong demand for affordable high-speed services.”

“Sho-Me’s success is a testament to their focus on deploying networking solutions that are reliable, scalable and cost-effective,” said Mike Gassewitz, president of Meriton Networks. “To be selected by Sho-Me for its regional backbone network is a tremendous validation that the Meriton HSM architecture offers compelling and unique value to service providers, especially in the burgeoning ‘UTelco’ space.”

Meriton Networks Inc.

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