Enablence Technologies Inc.

Enablence Technologies Inc.

July 29, 2008 23:59 ET

Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Pioneer Union Communications Selects Pannaway's MAGNM-20 for its FTTH Build Out

Telco Easily Deploys Enhanced Services and Experiences Immediate Operational Expense Reductions

Portsmouth, NH - July 29, 2008 - (i)Pannaway Networks, designers and developers of next-generation Ethernet/IP Multi-Service Access Platforms for telecommunications service providers, announced today that Union Communications, a New Hampshirebased Independent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) serving 7,000 rural subscribers, has selected its carrier grade, high-density Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP) - the MAGNM-20. Union Communications, a 2007 Lightwave Magazine FTTXcellence Award winner for fiber innovation, is implementing the MAGNM-20 for Active P2P FTTH as it upgrades its existing copper network, giving subscribers more robust and reliable access to high-bandwidth triple-play services including IPTV.

"I can easily see the need for a 30-Mbit broadband connection in the relatively near future as our subscribers begin to stream more video content off the Internet," said Ron Troyer, plant manager for Union Communications. "Fiber-to-the-home is clearly the best solution for our current and future needs and Pannaway's MAGNM-20 is our platform of choice. Our MAGNM-20 installed easily and has enabled us to see an immediate improvement in performance."

Union Communications has been deploying Pannaway's BAS™ (Broadband Access Switch) and BAM™ (Broadband Access Manager), all of which are key components of the company's Ethernet/IP-based SCN™ (Service Convergence Network) architecture. "Based on our positive past experience with Pannaway products and service, our selection of the MAGNM-20 platform for this pivotal fiber rollout was an easy decision. MAGNM-20 has the scalability we need for our larger exchanges, and can be managed and provisioned by Pannaway's BAM, which is clearly the easiest and most intuitive broadband management system we've ever used," explains Troyer.

"Innovators like Union Communications understand completely that video, gaming and music downloads are going to drive the need for a higher bandwidth services platform," said Mark A. Carpenter, president of Pannaway Networks. "We're pleased to be selected as Union Communications' strategic partner for such an important initiative."

About the MAGNM-20

In one integrated system, MAGNM-20 cost-effectively scales to support a wide range of access technologies ranging from legacy T1 and POTS to ADSL2+, GPON, and Active Point-to-Point, Ethernet subscriber connections. Additionally, MAGNM-20 is architected with a pure Ethernet/IP core and boasts an industry-leading 922 Gigabit per second backplane. These unique and powerful attributes provide telcos like Union Communications with the flexibility to adapt to the evolving broadband services market.

About Union Communications

Union Communications operates five exchanges and provides voice and data services to homes and businesses in the rural New Hampshire towns of Alton, Barnstead, Center Barnstead, Gilmanton Iron Works, and New Durham, as well as parts of Farmington and Strafford. For more information, please visit http://utcommunications.com/