SOURCE: Actelis Networks

February 26, 2007 08:10 ET

InfoHighway Communications' ZOOM Service Takes Off With Actelis' Carrier Ethernet Over Copper Equipment

Actelis Innovative EFMplus Technology Enables InfoHighway to Offer ZOOM High Speed Internet Access Subscribers at Fiber-Like Speeds of 5-30 Mbps

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 26, 2007 -- COMPTEL -- Actelis Networks®, the leading global supplier of Carrier Ethernet over Copper™ solutions, today announced that InfoHighway, a competitive broadband provider, has introduced Metro Ethernet services using Actelis Networks Carrier Ethernet over Copper products. Leveraging existing copper lines, Actelis' innovative EFMplus™ technology enables InfoHighway to deliver innovative, reliable and cost-effective business-grade Internet access.

"Utilizing Actelis' innovative EFMplus technology, InfoHighway is able to extend the reach of our state-of-the-art multi-Gigabit IP network over the existing metro-copper infrastructure," said Raul Martynek, President and CEO of InfoHighway EFMplus grooms multiple digital copper circuits into a fiber-quality carrier-grade link which is delivered via an Ethernet hand-off at the customer's location. Ethernet over Copper technology now allows InfoHighway to deliver ZOOM, and eventually other converged services including Hosted PBX, to more customers in our footprint as we continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering unique, cost-effective products and services to both our customers and partners."

"We're excited that InfoHighway has selected Actelis' EFMplus technology as the basis for their innovated ZOOM service to offer new, innovative, reliable commercial-grade services with fiber-like speeds," said Mehmet Balos, President of the Americas for Actelis Networks. "With Actelis EFMplus products, InfoHighway is able to fully leverage the capabilities of Carrier Ethernet over Copper and significantly expand their addressable market."

Carriers have spent billions of dollars installing fiber optic cabling to extend the reach of Ethernet services, yet the vast majority of small- and medium-sized businesses still do not have access to fiber and have access only to copper facilities. Installing fiber to reach these customers is extremely costly and time consuming, putting Ethernet out of reach of most subscribers.

"Since we launched ZOOM in September of 2006, the Actelis EFMplus technology has seamlessly integrated with our existing network equipment, enabling us to deliver reliable, high-quality broadband services to an increasing base of customers," said Guy H. Lupi, InfoHighway's Vice President of Network Operations "The resounding success of ZOOM is validation that this is the direction that we need to continue, and we will look to further extend our reach and aggressively utilize this technology in our network moving forward."

Actelis Carrier Ethernet over Copper equipment combines the industry's best performing EFM transmission technology with advanced Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities in a solution that enables service providers like InfoHighway to rapidly deliver innovative Ethernet services throughout their serving area. Actelis EFMplus technology eliminates the risk of interference from other legacy telecom services in the network, ensuring the maximum amount of bandwidth per connection so that ZOOM customers can enjoy high-performance Ethernet today.

About InfoHighway Communications

InfoHighway Communications was created from the merger of Eureka Networks and InfoHighway. The Company is the leading provider of hosted and managed communications solutions in the Northeastern United States providing innovative, state-of-the-art and competitively priced voice, data and Internet services to small- to medium-sized business including Hosted PBX, Integrated T1s and high-speed Internet access up to 100 Mbps. InfoHighway is headquartered in New York City, has more than 230 employees, and reported approximately $115 million in combined 2006 revenues. The Company is profitable and is backed by some of the leading private equity institutions in the country, including affiliates of Apollo Real Estate Advisors, Trimaran Fund, Lazard Technology Partners, Gigaline and LLR Partners. For additional information, please visit our website at or call (877) 375-4636.

About Actelis Networks

Actelis Networks® is the global leader of Carrier Ethernet over Copper™ solutions. Its telecommunications products allow service providers to extend the reach of their Carrier Ethernet network using the existing copper infrastructure to reach the majority of their subscribers. The company's award-winning products combine the industry's most innovative EFMplus™ transmission technology for bonded copper with a robust set of standards-based Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities. Actelis' patented EFMplus™ technology employs advanced digital signal processing techniques and link level dynamic spectral management (DSM) to create reliable, high performance Ethernet connections without interfering with legacy services already deployed in the network. Actelis' Carrier Ethernet switching capabilities are certified compliant with Metro Ethernet Forum MEF 9 and MEF 14 specifications. As the industry leader, Actelis' solutions are deployed in more than 30 countries, on 6 continents around the world. Actelis Networks is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley, California.

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