Enablence Technologies Inc.

Enablence Technologies Inc.

March 31, 2010 16:36 ET

Enablence Rolls Out FTTH Network in Rural Nebraska

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 31, 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, is bringing advanced communications services to rural Nebraska with Cambridge Telephone Co.

Cambridge Telephone provides telecommunications services to a 365-square-mile coverage area in southwest Nebraska that includes the communities of Cambridge and Bartley. Like many rural telcos across the U.S. serving small communities, Cambridge Telephone found itself burdened with aging copper infrastructure no longer up to the task of delivering the advanced services its communities need to remain economically viable.

With funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service, Cambridge Telephone embarked on a competitive process to find the right technology platform to replace its copper network with fiber.

Already a past customer of Enablence's Broadband Access Switch and Broadband Access Manager software, Cambridge Telephone determined that Enablence's Multi Media Aggregation Node (MAGNM), with its capabilities as a fully distributed multi-service access platform purpose built for broadband access and aggregation, was the ideal solution to carry its residents into the future.

Cambridge Telephone will deploy the MAGNM, as well as Enablence's optical network terminals (ONTs) and network management software, to support an Active Point-to-Point FTTH network that will deliver voice and data. An IP Video offering is planned at a later date. The fiber network is being rolled out in two exchanges, Cambridge and Bartley, to serve 750 active FTTH subscribers. A further rural build-out to connect an additional 750 subscribers will take place over the next two to three years.

"After taking stock of other solutions on the market, Enablence's cutting edge technology and proven track record with us made the MAGNM the obvious choice to support our objectives," said Ralph Armendariz, Cambridge Telephone's CTO. "We are quite pleased with the installation that has already been completed in Cambridge and look forward to continuing the deployment in Bartley."

"Cambridge is yet another example of how Enablence works with rural telcos to help them leverage government support and deploy the advanced communications services their communities need to remain connected and relevant in the digital age," said Tim Thorsteinson, President and COO of Enablence.

About Cambridge Telephone Co.

The Cambridge Telephone Company (CTC) is a progressive Nebraska telecommunications company that has been focusing on the changing needs of its customers since 1918. As a total communications company, CTC offers a range of wireline and wireless consumer services, including its newest offering, Fiber-to-the-Home.

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. The Division's network equipment has been deployed with 420 service providers world-wide that serve over 4 million subscribers.

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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  • Enablence Technologies Inc.
    Tim Thorsteinson
    President and COO