SOURCE: PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

October 06, 2011 09:20 ET

Primus Australia Unveils Its State-of-the-Art Business Fibre Network Called "Primus Metro Fibre"

Announces First Phase Launch of Its Next Generation OTN/DWDM* High Capacity Fibre Network in Sydney and Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Oct 6, 2011) - Primus Australia, part of PTGI (Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc. ) (NYSE: PTGI), today announced it has completed the first stage of its fibre network transformation, introducing Optical Transport Network (OTN) capabilities to its existing High Capacity fibre rings in Australia.

The enhancements, which are initially focused in Sydney and Melbourne, include the implementation of a next-generation OTN/DWDM network to aggregate lower bandwidth services and optimise fibre utilisation. Additional near term plans include further optimisation of the technology through the development of state-of-the-art products and services, with an immediate focus on the expansion of its commercial product offerings.

Future plans expand these capabilities beyond Sydney and Melbourne into the top five capital cities in the country. Primus Australia anticipates this phase of development will allow the Company to lead the competition and introduce new advanced lightwave products and services to commercial, enterprise and Government customers.

Telecom customers, such as data centres and financial institutions who have been seeking reliable, low latency fibre access not only within local markets, but intercity throughout Australia, will have a superior solution available for their data traffic. Primus Metro Fibre is designed to deliver state of the art, high capacity data services that will be both cost effective and efficient through the redundant ring architecture.

The upgraded and enhanced OTN network will use the Huawei OSN 8800 platform which will allow the delivery of high speed, low latency inter-capital bandwidth built on the shortest routes available, tying the entire network together on a single Transport Platform. When completed the OTN will enable leading edge Point-to-Point intercity service offerings, including SDH/SONET, Ethernet, and Low-Latency Ethernet (layer 1) services.

Primus Australia CEO Tom Mazerski stated: "We are very proud of the work we have done to bring our new network from the original designs, through to fruition with our first customers coming online this quarter. Primus Metro Fibre will now be positioned to penetrate new market segments in the key capital cities through offerings of high demand, leading edge products and services."

Peter Rossi, CTO of Huawei Australia, commented: "Huawei's state-of-the-art OTN network technology will allow for optimisation of current IP Traffic across the Primus network, ultimately enhancing the end-user experience."

Customers interested in the network and its capabilities can contact Primus on 1300 65 44 24 for more information.

About Primus Australia http://www.primus.com.au
Primus Australia is part of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) and is one of Australia's largest telecommunications carriers. It offers a range of Business and Residential data, broadband, VOIP, Mobile, Telephone and Data Centre services Australia wide. The Primus Australia network provides nationwide coverage through its own backbone network with facilities in 66 cities and 286 DSLAM exchanges across Australia. Primus Australia operates its own fibre network in the five major capital cities, delivering a range of business direct-connect services including Hosted IP PBX services, IP, Ethernet, ATM, ISDN, high speed broadband, data centre and inbound and outbound voice services.

About PTGi http://www.ptgi.com
Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centres located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

About Huawei www.huawei.com.au

Huawei is a leading information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider serving 45 of the world's top 50 telecom operators. In Australia, Huawei employs more than 550 staff and works with all major Australian operators -- 50% of Australians already use some sort of Huawei product for their telecommunications needs. Huawei's products and solutions have been deployed in over 100 countries and support the communications needs of one third of the world's population. For more information, please visit: www.huawei.com.au, follow us on Twitter @HuaweiOZ and www.YouTube.com/HuaweiOZ

*DWDM - Dense wavelength division multiplexing
*OTN - Optical Transport Network

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