SOURCE: Ikanos Communications

Ikanos Communications

October 12, 2009 12:10 ET

Ikanos Supports ITU-T Approval of G.hn Standard for Wired Home Networking

New Standard Advances Unified Home Network Initiative, Technology Will Deliver Next-Generation Performance and Capabilities to the Global Market

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwire - October 12, 2009) - Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN), a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home and HomeGrid Forum member, today announced its support for the International Telecommunication Union's Standardization Sector's (ITU-T) next-generation wired home networking technology known as G.hn. At its meeting held in Geneva, September 28-October 9, ITU-T approved the G.hn Foundation and Physical Layer standard (G.9960) for publication, solidifying the basis of a single, unified next-generation standard for the networking of content and devices over any wire -- coax cable, phone and power lines.

"ITU-T achieved a major milestone in next-generation wired home networking at its most recent meeting in Geneva. By advancing key components of G.hn toward completion, ITU-T is making rapid progress on this standard which will greatly improve broadband service delivery throughout the home," said Debu Pal, senior vice president and CTO at Ikanos. "G.hn unified home networking technology is a critical component that service providers must have for their next wave of high-speed data and multimedia services offerings. We fully support the efforts of ITU-T and HomeGrid Forum in bringing this standard to market."

In addition to the approval of the G.hn Foundation and Physical Layer standard, ITU-T gave Consent to the complementary Recommendation G.9972 for coexistence between G.hn-based products and other powerline networking standards. The Data Link Layer (DLL) portion of the G.hn standard was deemed stable and is expected to reach Consent at the January 2010 ITU-T meeting. This meeting marks another step in the steady adoption of G.hn and reaffirms the desire to unite a fragmented industry which currently uses a variety of incompatible technologies that typically address only single types of household wiring options.

As a single worldwide standard, G.hn is intended to unify the networking of content to devices over any wire -- coax cable, phone or power line. This technology will enable service providers to deploy new offerings, including IPTV, more cost effectively; allow consumer electronics manufacturers to network all types of entertainment, home automation, and security products throughout the house; and greatly simplify consumers purchasing and installation processes.

About G.hn

The members of the ITU-T's G.hn Rapporteur Group have created a specification for a single MAC/PHY technology which can run over coaxial cable, phone lines or power lines. G.hn participants include service providers, consumer electronics and information technology manufacturers, and component and intellectual property providers from around the world.

About HomeGrid Forum

HomeGrid Forum is a global, non-profit trade group promoting the International Telecommunication Union's G.hn standardization efforts for next-generation home networking. HomeGrid Forum promotes adoption of G.hn through technical and marketing efforts, addresses certification and interoperability of G.hn-compliant products, and cooperates with complementary industry alliances. To learn more about becoming a HomeGrid member, please visit www.HomeGridForum.org/join.

About Ikanos Communications, Inc.

Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) is a leading provider of advanced broadband semiconductor and software products for the digital home. The company's multi-mode VDSL2/ADSLx, network processor and other offerings power access infrastructure and customer premises equipment for many of the world's leading network equipment manufacturers and telecommunications service providers. For more information, visit www.ikanos.com.

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Cautionary Statement

All statements included or incorporated by reference in this press release, other than statements or characterizations of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and projections about our industry and business, management's beliefs, and certain assumptions, all of which are subject to change. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "should," "would," "could," "potential," "continue," "ongoing," similar expressions, and variations or negatives of these words. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Important factors that may cause such a difference with the implementation and success of the ITU-T's G.hn standard include, without limitation, market acceptance of technologies implementing the standard, the ability of Ikanos to deliver timely products compliant with the standard, and the ability to win business with system manufacturers for home networking products built to meet the G.hn standard. For a further discussion of the risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Ikanos' Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Ikanos Communications cannot assure that the events and circumstances reflected in any forward-looking statements will be achieved or occur, nor does Ikanos Communications undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release.

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