Enablence Technologies Inc.
TSX VENTURE : ENA

Enablence Technologies Inc.

December 06, 2010 16:51 ET

Innovative Houston Exchange Carrier Once Again Turns to Enablence to Maintain Growth of its All-Optical Access Network

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 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, continues to work with En-Touch Systems to bring all-optical connectivity to new residential communities in the greater Houston area.

To serve its continuing needs through 2011, En-Touch will put in place significantly more Enablence equipment to deliver advanced video, data and voice services over fiber as it expands its communications network. Seventy per cent of this order is for Enablence's market-leading gigabit capable ONT products, including the 1321 model with RF return, which will be used to deliver broadband multi-play services, and the 1320, which will be used to deliver voice and ultra-fast Internet connectivity.

En-Touch is a facilities-based local exchange carrier that provides Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services to 25 Master Planned Residential Communities in the Houston area. About one-third of its 17,000 subscribers are served by FTTH, while the remainder -- residents of older communities built between the mid 1990s and mid 2000s – are still served by an HFC plant. En-Touch is also using the same Enablence technologies to serve a growing number of business customers featuring speeds, reliability and capabilities that the competition just can't match. Whether it's a small business customer with a few local telephone lines and internet access or a large complex business account with 500 Mb/s Ethernet requirements, Enablence technologies provide a simple elegant solution.

En-Touch first partnered with Enablence in 2005 to connect residential greenfield developments with an FTTH network rather than HFC. Today, about 3,700 En-Touch subscribers are connected to a GE-PON fiber network supported by Enablence's TRIDENT7 Universal Access Platform. 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 five years, Enablence remains our service provider of choice," said Jason Bone, En-Touch's Director of Engineering. "The reliability is second to none. Enablence's technology is easy to install, easy to support and we are confident it will continue to serve us well as we expand our fiber network to keep pace with new home construction."

"En-Touch, like many service providers working with residential developers, has discovered that there is a substantial business opportunity for FTTH in greenfield developments," said Tim Thorsteinson, CEO of Enablence. "New home construction is the ideal time to deploy a truly future-proof broadband architecture that will provide great value for money and ROI over the long-term. The availability of FTTH services has proven to be a strong selling point with homebuyers who want high-bandwidth connectivity for leisure, entertainment and teleworking."

About En-Touch Systems

En-Touch Systems serves 25 Master Planned Residential Communities in the Houston area with a bundled multi-play service that has achieved an impressive 66 per cent penetration rate among homeowners. Since 1996, En-Touch has served more than 17,000 homes and businesses by positioning itself as the "preferred technology company" of developers in the region. Its services also include alarm monitoring, advanced in-home technology and retail energy delivery and management. As the voice, video and data market evolved, En-Touch started to implement fiber versus its traditional twisted pair copper and coaxial plant to provide greater quality and reliability and avoid the constant upgrade requirements driven by converging technologies and services in 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.

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.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward looking statements that are made as of the date hereof and are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions which involve risks and uncertainties associated with our business and the economic environment in which the business operates. All such statements are made pursuant to the 'safe harbour' provisions of, and are intended to be forward looking statements under, applicable Canadian securities legislation. Any statements contained herein that are statements of historical facts may be deemed to be forward looking statements. By their nature, forward looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. We caution our readers of this press release not to place undue reliance on our forward looking statements as a number of factors could cause actual results or conditions to differ materially from current expectations. Please refer to the risks set forth in the Corporation's continuous disclosure documents that can be found on SEDAR www.sedar.com. Enablence does not intend, and disclaims any obligation, except as required by law, to update or revise any forward looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Contact Information

  • Enablence Technologies Inc.
    Peter Kallai
    Vice-President, Strategic Analysis and Marketing
    613-270-7841
    www.enablence.com