October 25, 2005 08:10 ET

Alaska-Based MTA Delivers Carrier Grade DS3 with Aktino's AK3000 Broadband over Copper Platform to Cell Site

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Aktino, the first company to enable the delivery of business-class broadband services throughout the carrier serving area (CSA) over embedded copper loops, today announced that Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA), an Alaskan communications cooperative with over 60,000 access lines, has deployed its AK3000 platform to meet the growing demand for bandwidth and reliability at its wireless cell sites.

MTA now can deliver carrier-grade full and fractional DS3 to a majority of the cell sites in its footprint and to its business customers served by copper.

"With Aktino's AK3000 solution, we are now able to provide highly reliable, high-quality full DS3 and fractional DS3 services to customers who previously were limited to T1 circuits," said Dennis Eby -- Broadband Transmission Engineer for MTA. "It was impressive to see a full DS3 delivered on 12 pairs of copper along with an additional 14 HDSL2 disturbers in the same binder. Aktino's platforms provide high-quality broadband services that would have previously required fiber. The savings over trenching fiber, reduced risk of stranded fiber investments, and the instant revenue from being able to rapidly meet exacting customer demands is a tremendous value for our organization."

The major wireless service provider that MTA serves needed a full channelized DS3 at one of its many cell sites in the MTA footprint. "It was a great feeling to be able to see how quickly MTA was able to deliver reliable DS3 at a fairly remote cell site," said Pat Grigsby, National IOC Account Manager for Aktino. "The savings over trenching fiber and the quick response made this a compelling proposition for all parties involved."

Based on the most widely deployed standard DSL technology, DMT (Discrete Multi Tone), and the first products to utilize MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) techniques in the wireline domain, Aktino's AK3000 for TDM and AK4000 for Ethernet product families allow carriers to deliver business-class broadband services throughout the entire CSA over existing copper loops. This standards-based technology is T1.417 compliant even at such high performance and extended reach.

"By far, the majority of wireless cell sites are dependent on copper loops for carrying the backhaul traffic. The strong growth of the wireless sector directly creates equivalent growth in backhaul traffic. Given the time and cost to trench fiber, the existing copper access network will continue to play a vital role as the industry evolves to 2.5 and 3G architectures," said Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research. "Aktino's products fit this market segment, giving their customers the reliability, rate, and reach over multiple pairs of embedded copper needed for wireless backhaul."

About MTA

Matanuska Telephone Association , the 2nd largest cooperative in the United States, was formed in 1953 to serve residents in the Palmer area, and now extends across Alaska's fast-growing South Central region from Eagle River to Clear Air Force Base near Fairbanks, an area spanning nearly 10,000 square miles. MTA invests in the highest quality and most advanced products available in the industry, including extensive fiber optic cabling and electronic platforms to support broadband signals such as digital subscriber loop (DSL). For additional information visit www.mtasolutions.com.

About Aktino

Aktino designs and delivers innovative carrier-class long reach broadband over copper solutions that enable service providers to offer revenue generating business-class broadband services over existing copper loops. Aktino is a pioneer in the use of industry standard DMT (Discrete multi Tone) with MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) in the wireline domain. Aktino's products enable service providers to deliver more services to a larger footprint than any other copper-based broadband solution. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Irvine, California, Aktino is shipping products to service providers throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.aktino.com.

Aktino is a trademark of Aktino, Inc.

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