Enablence Technologies Inc.
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Enablence Technologies Inc.

October 29, 2008 23:59 ET

RUS Accepts Pannaway Network's Mobile Backhaul System

Portsmouth, NH - October 29, 2008 - Pannaway Networks, a leading supplier of next-generation Ethernet/IP Multi-Service Access Platforms for telecommunications service providers, today announced that it has received technical acceptance for its Broadband Access Switch, the BAS™-150, by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Acceptance on the RUS List of Materials allows qualified borrowers to use RUS loan funds to purchase and deploy their choice of the industry's highest performance copper and fiber-based solutions.

This latest RUS acceptance enhances Pannaway's existing Service Convergence Network (SCN™) system and provides yet another tool that enables service providers to evolve their legacy networks to Ethernet/IP. Leveraging pseudowire technology, the BAS-150 enables service providers to establish "virtual wires" for the transport of traditional TDM services along the same cost-effective, high performance, converged Ethernet transmission path. The BAS-150 is particularly valuable for carriers planning to offer backhaul services to mobile operators. Wireline service providers can also leverage Ethernet pseudowires to provide business services and to transition existing T1-based services off of platforms that are nearing their end of life.

The recent RUS acceptance of Pannaway's BAS-150 means that service providers will now have even more choice to roll out the technology that best fits their current infrastructure, future goals and subscriber demands. Pannaway's RUS-approved components cost-effectively scale to support a wide range of access technologies, from legacy T1 and POTS to ultra-broadband, ADSL2+, bonded ADSL2+, GPON, and Active Point-to-Point Ethernet subscriber connections, all in one integrated and fully manageable, all-IP system.

"Pannaway takes a comprehensive business approach to providing IP solutions to independent telcos small and large," said Mark Carpenter, president of Pannaway Networks. "RUS acceptance of our entire product line is very important to our telco customers, as they seek innovative, cost-effective solutions that help them to evolve their next-generation networks at will."