Enablence Technologies Inc.
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Enablence Technologies Inc.

October 05, 2010 06:30 ET

Enablence Rolls out Fiber Network in Spain

Municipality opts for new all-optical network vs. coax upgrade

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) - Enablence Technologies Inc. ("Enablence" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ENA), a leading supplier of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment for triple-play residential and business services and optical components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul markets, has deployed a new all-optical next generation access network in the Municipality of Riba-Roja d'Ebre to help drive economic development and attract new employers.

Riba-Roja d'Ebre is a small community in Spain's Terres de l'Ebre region. The municipality operates a legacy CATV infrastructure deployed in the 1990s used for television broadcast. Eager to upgrade this infrastructure to roll out advanced video, data and voice services, Riba-Roja d'Ebre investigated the costs of upgrading its existing CATV build to DOCSIS 2.x standards. However, after evaluating the relatively high network aggregation costs due to the small size of its market, and necessary investments in new equipment, the municipality determined that its needs were best served by replacing its coax plant with fiber to the home and business (FTTx).

Riba-Roja d'Ebre turned to Enablence and its local partners TFO and apfutura to deploy an advanced all-optical Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) network. In the first stage of the network deployment, the municipality is connecting its subscribers with 10 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth. As the growth of the subscriber base drives down aggregate connection costs, the connectivity speeds available on the network will rise. In addition to rolling out advanced video and data services to residential subscribers, the municipality plans to build an industrial park and lever the high-bandwidth service capability afforded by its new fiber network to draw employers to the area.

For its network build, Riba-Roja d'Ebre is using Enablence's TRIDENT7 Universal Access Platform, ONTs and element management system (EMS) software. This comprehensive package provides network operators with the functionality, ease of use and economical upgrade path to grow their business, maintain competitive leadership and generate new streams of revenue. The TRIDENT7 is the only platform on the market today that supports all three standards in use for FTTx deployment--GPON, Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON), or Active Ethernet Optical Network.

"After evaluating Riba-Roja d'Ebre's needs, we determined that GPON technology best suited the community with the ideal trade-off between performance, price, footprint and power efficiency," said Xavier Sunyer, Executive President of TFO. "Having the flexibility in one platform to deploy a network on any one or a combination of the three FTTx standards is a huge advantage." 

"Enablence's TRIDENT7 was the obvious choice for us," added Xavier Edo, General Manager of Alpha Enginyeria. "The network deployment has been quite smooth thanks to the expertise and support of our partners on the project."

TFO, an international provider of FTTH solutions based in Spain, led the design, construction and implementation of the Riba-Roja d'Ebre network using Enablence's equipment. The other key partner on the project was apfutura, which integrated all the services and put the network into operation. Additional support came from local partners Servitet, which installed the passive infrastructure and will be in charge of network maintenance, and Alpha Enginyeria, which designed the network and supervised the deployment.

"Riba-Roja d'Ebre demonstrates once again that the future-proof capabilities of fiber lie within the reach of even small municipalities to serve as a catalyst for economic development," said Tim Thorsteinson, CEO of Enablence. "While the circumstances and business factors vary between municipalities and cable system operators, Riba-Roja d'Ebre shows that the cost of deploying an all-optical fiber network, which will be cutting edge for decades to come, can be quite competitive with upgrading existing legacy copper or coax."

About TFO

TFO is a global company established in 2005 that serves the Spanish and international markets in the design, manufacture, marketing and implementation of fiber optic networks. It has operations in Portugal, Morocco, Costa Rica, Panama and Dubai. TFO's commitment is to provide its customers with the most suitable range of integrated fiber-optic systems and solutions with excellent service and support that includes installation, certification, maintenance, technical support and training courses, and project development and management.

About apfutura

apfutura is an engineering and consultant integrator company based in Barcelona that specializes in FTTH and optical communication projects. Since its founding in 2008, apfutura has been in charge of the development of several turnkey projects to deploy FTTH and transport networks.

About Alpha Enginyeria

Alpha Enginyeria, based in Barcelona, specializes in engineering and construction of telecommunications facilities, with a focus on the telecommunications, renewable energy and home automation sectors.

About Servitet

Servitet is a local company that offers telecom installation services and has been responsible for the maintenance of the Riba Roja CATV network, among other cable infrastructures.

About Enablence Technologies Inc.

Enablence Technologies Inc., (TSX VENTURE:ENA) a publicly traded company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, designs, manufactures and sells optical components, subsystems and systems to a global customer base.

Enablence's Systems Division has an expanding fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) product portfolio featuring a variety of architectural options. It enables service providers to evolve their access networks from traditional copper-based networks to advanced optical communications access networks that are based on state of the art IP and Ethernet standards, for triple-play voice, video and data services including HDTV, IP Telephony and ultrafast internet access.

Enablence's Optical Components and Subsystems Division is a global leader in applying Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) technology to integrate multiple components into a single optical chip to reduce footprint and costs. Network and equipment designers around the world turn to Enablence for a variety of components and subsystems for access, metro and long-haul, including transceivers, splitters, waveguides, optical channel monitors, multiplexers, ROADMs, switches, tunable dispersion compensators, and photodiodes. The Division serves over 120 system and subsystem developers and its products have been integrated in all major communications networks world-wide, serving tens of millions of subscribers.

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    Peter Kallai
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