November 11, 2008 07:30 ET

CIG and TXP Participate in FSAN's Seventh GPON Interoperability Event

RICHARDSON, TX--(Marketwire - November 11, 2008) - Cambridge Industries Group (CIG) and TXP Corporation (OTCBB: TXPO) recently participated in the seventh Full Service Access Network (FSAN) interoperability test event in Piscataway, NJ, USA, hosted by Telcordia. CIG brought its G-25A and G-25E indoor models, while TXP brought its7306 and 7308 outdoor model ONTs to the event.

The event was organized by Telcordia in cooperation with FSAN (an affiliation of international network operators and telecom vendors), Corning Cable Systems and TraceSpan Communications. The event allows vendors to verify their understanding of the relevant industry specifications and to validate implementations early in the development process; thereby avoiding costly changes later in a GPON product's commercial life. In all, 13 system and device vendors participated, interconnecting GPON products and reference designs at Telcordia to test interoperability.

"We are very satisfied with the success of this test event, which shows that plug and play GPON interoperability will soon become a reality and demonstrates the maturity GPON technology. This success has been achieved thanks to the excellent preparation of Telcordia and the close collaboration of all participating GPON system and device vendors," said Regis Coat of France Telecom, co-chair of the FSAN Interoperability Task Group.

"FSAN is currently working to unify OMCI-related service provisioning interoperability methods. The progress made at the Telcordia-hosted test event was a major step in demonstrating that the GPON standard (ITU-T G.984) allows full OMCI interoperability across a wide range of GPON implementations," added Paolo Solina of Telecom Italia, co-chair of the FSAN Interoperability Task Group.

"Telcordia continues to demonstrate our commitment to facilitating the FSAN operator and vendor community's goal of providing a rich marketplace of interoperable GPON solutions in an environment that helps minimize the risks investment for the operator community," said Rudi Schubert, Director, Telcordia Network Product Integrity. "The continued growth in participating companies is an excellent indicator of the importance of not only GPON technology but also interoperable GPON solutions to the broadband access marketplace."

The event involved 13 GPON equipment and integrated circuit device vendors including Alcatel-Lucent, BroadLight, Cambridge Industries Group, Conexant Systems, Inc, Freescale, Hitachi Communication Technologies, Inc, Huawei, Ikanos Communications, Motorola, PMC-Sierra, RAD Data Communications, TXP Corporation, and ZTE.

The main goal of Test Event was to demonstrate GPON equipment management interoperability via the ONT Management & Control Interface (OMCI), with focus on best practices documented in the draft ITU-T G-PON G.984.4 Implementers' Guide (G.984.4impl). The ITU G.984 GPON standard enables line rates of 2.5 Gbps in the downstream direction (central office to customer) and 1.2 Gbps in the upstream direction (customer to central office). Detailed test cases were carried out to verify the ONT equipment management, including OMCC establishment, Management Information Base (MIB) synchronization operations, ONT capability discover, and ONT software image updating.

"As the industry continues to move toward IP service creation and delivery, interoperable GPON equipment is critical to enabling cost reductions through volume production and increased market competition, thereby helping to increase the availability of high capacity, fully converged, IP service networks," said Schubert.

The test infrastructure used at this event included the optical distribution network (ODN) fiber and the fiber distribution terminals of the Corning Cable Systems ClearCurve™ solution, plus the TraceSpan provided G-PON monitoring and diagnostic capabilities of the GPON Xpert™ Multi-Layer Analyzer.

About FSAN

The Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group is an interest group for the world's leading telecommunications services providers, independent test labs, and equipment suppliers to work towards a common goal of truly broadband fiber access networks. For more information:

TXP recently agreed to merge with China-based CIG with an expected closing of year-end 2008. The CIG-TXP combination is already yielding new product wins for the partnership even prior to completion of the merger.

About CIG

Founded in June 2005, with R&D and manufacturing based in Shanghai, China, Cambridge Industries Group (CIG) is a leading independent telecom OEM supplier focusing on FTTH, especially PON (GPON and GEPON) CPE equipment, which is an essential and integral part of PON system vendors' and service providers' end-to-end FTTH solutions. CIG's complete GPON CPE portfolio includes products such as ONT, ONU, MDU, and residential gateways, which are already in mass deployment throughout the world via CIG's multiple system vendor partners. Unlike traditional OEM business models, CIG's business model focuses on the vertical integration of in-house carrier-class R&D, quality production and delivery, and global services. CIG is therefore capable of supplying our partners with a rich variety of CPE products with reduced cost, enhanced features, the possibility of customized solutions, and quality and volume deliveries. For more information visit:

About TXP

TXP is an Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) for the telecommunications industry. Based in Richardson, Texas, TXP has three primary business units: TXP-Prototyping, ONT and Retrofit Solutions. TXP-ONT Solutions develops and markets, via an ODM model, a line of Carrier-Class CPE products including home gateways and the world's broadest independent family of ONT products to both OEMs and ILECs. ONTs are used in FTTH-based services to terminate the passive optical network at the home or business location, and enable integrated voice, video and high-speed internet access. TXP-Retrofit Solutions provides custom engineered kits that enable ILECs to upgrade their local access service delivery infrastructure at minimum cost and time, enabling a wide range of next generation telecom platforms to easily fit into the variety of remote OSP cabinets that have been broadly deployed over the last 30 years. For more information visit:

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