Luminous Networks

June 28, 2005 06:00 ET

Luminous Networks Continues Its Lead as North America's Most Widely Deployed Resilient Packet Ring Access Network Solutions With Three New Customers

CUPERTINO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jun 28, 2005) -

IDACOMM, Northern Cablevision and United Utilities Select Luminous Networks for Active Ethernet Service Delivery, Network Aggregation and Network Surveillance Applications

Luminous Networks™, a leading provider of packet-ring access platforms, supporting Ethernet service delivery and aggregation for data, voice and video services, announced today that its solutions have been selected by three North American service providers, bringing the Luminous Networks customer base to over 65 worldwide.

The diversity of services and applications offered by the newest Luminous Networks customers further exemplifies the flexibility and effectiveness of Luminous' solutions. "We are very pleased to be selected by IDACOMM, Northern Cablevision and United Utilities," stated Chris Stark, President and CEO of Luminous Networks. "These customers are part of the accelerating market trend to deploy high quality, scalable and manageable access networks as a means to deliver many new network-based, content rich services to residences and businesses."

IDACOMM, the communications subsidiary of IDACORP (NYSE:IDA), based in Boise, ID, provides connectivity solutions over a fiber optic network throughout eleven Western U.S. States. IDACOMM selected Luminous Networks because it will allow rapid provisioning of custom fiber connectivity for wholesale carrier transport, DSL Aggregation, VoIP transport, high-speed Internet, video-conferencing, LAN and WAN Ethernet applications. IDACOMM will be able to provide services to customers in a fraction of the time normally associated with telecom service provisioning by using the Luminous Management System (LMS).

Northern Cablevision, based in Edmonton, Canada, provides high-Speed Internet, digital cable and cable television to communities throughout the Province of Alberta, Canada. In addition to providing packet-based services to businesses and residences, the Northern Cablevision network is also a major broadband connectivity solutions provider for schools, provincial government offices and libraries funded by the Alberta SuperNet project. Luminous Networks was selected because Northern Cablevision found a solution that had the reliability and manageability required for multiple, latency sensitive broadband service offerings while keeping network and operational costs in check. The success Luminous Networks has seen in the U.S. with the major Cable/MSO providers through its strategic partner Scientific Atlanta (NYSE:SFA) was also a deciding factor in Northern Cablevision's selection of Luminous Networks.

United Utilities, a subsidiary of United Companies, Inc., provides traditional telephony, broadband data services, and cellular services to over 60 Alaskan communities with a network covering over 150,000 square miles. The Luminous solutions, with selectable optics, provide some of the longest span lengths and highest node per ring capacities in the industry, with the ability to span over 200km and support over 210 Nodes per Ring. In addition, PacketWave products support extended temperature ranges to meet the severe temperature ranges found in United Utilities' service areas. The solutions also provide packet-based transport with quality of service levels for priority voice and data service, without the need for extra ring capacity, thus removing costly idle network bandwidth. United Utilities will deploy Luminous Networks Solutions for efficient and scalable network transport and aggregation applications.

Luminous Networks' three newest customers will primarily deploy the PacketWave E500 Series Packet Ring Access Platforms. These compact access devices support speeds up to 2.5 Gigabits, with both fixed and modular 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet application connections. In addition, the E500 Series support 8 and 24 port T1/E1 modules, as well as a DS3 module. Other solutions to be deployed include the PacketWave M-Series Packet Ring Switching platforms, with up to 16 modular slots for services and multiple, sub-tending packet rings, and the E100 Series Packet Ring Access Platforms, a 1 RU unit with ring speeds up to 1.0 Gigabits with 10/100/100 Fast Ethernet and T1/E1 application ports. All customers will utilize the Luminous Management System with detailed yet intuitive monitoring and rapid provisioning of nodes, services, and QoS level assignment.

About IDACOMM

IDACOMM, a subsidiary company of Boise-based IDACORP, Inc., offers complete and sophisticated broadband over powerline (BPL) integration and operation services for electric companies. The company also provides fiber optic broadband services for organizations in high technology, manufacturing, distribution, health care, education, and state and local government; as well as a full range of broadband Internet, Voice over IP and private network solutions using a variety of access technologies. For more information please visit www.idacomm.com or www.idacomm-bpl.com.

About Northern Cablevision, Ltd.

Established in 1974, Northern Cablevision, a privately owned company, has been serving communities in Northern Alberta for over 26 years. Today the company is proud to provide high-speed Internet, digital cable and cable television to 26 Alberta villages, towns and cities, and one town in Saskatchewan. For more information, visit www.northerncablevision.ab.ca.

About United Utilities

United Utilities, a wholly owned subsidiary of the United Companies, Inc., was founded in 1977 as a regulated telephone utility providing local telephony, long distance, mobile, Internet and DSL services to 58 communities throughout rural Alaska. Unicom is a Native Alaskan owned and operated company. More information can be found by visiting www.unicom-alaska.com.

About Luminous Networks

Luminous Networks, based in Cupertino, California, is a privately held access communications equipment company enabling service providers to offer information, communications and entertainment services to their customers. The Luminous solutions deliver superior service quality, efficiency and economics via a packet-based architecture utilizing Pseudo Wire over RPR technologies. The Luminous solutions protect investment in existing carrier infrastructures and natively support Ethernet services. The Luminous PacketWave platforms deliver Packet Ring Switching to service providers with the robustness of SONET, the quality of ATM and the economics of Ethernet intended to minimize risk associated with augmented legacy solutions attempting to achieve these results. Visit Luminous Networks on the web at www.luminous.com.

Luminous Networks, the Luminous mark, Luminous Management System and PacketWave are trademarks of Luminous Networks, Inc. All other trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.

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