SOURCE: Telco Systems

February 25, 2008 09:00 ET

Telco Systems Acquires Broadband Multiplexer Product Line From Charles Industries

The Acquisition Will Expand Telco's Solutions for Cellular Backhaul

FOXBORO, MA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - Telco Systems, a leading provider of carrier-class transport and access solutions for public and private IP and TDM networks, announced today that it has acquired the broadband multiplexer product line from Charles Industries. The acquisition will enable Telco Systems to offer a complete range of solutions for cellular backhaul.

The assets included in the transaction of Charles Industries are the Exchange Mux and Mini-Mux broadband multiplexers, which support a wide range of transmission options including T1/E1, T3, STS-1, STM-1, OC-3, AU3 and Ethernet. The award-winning Mini-Mux 2000 uses the latest Ethernet over PDH (EoPDH) technology to map Ethernet into DS3 or DS1 facilities to support Ethernet and T1 services over PDH, wireless backhaul of T1 and Ethernet, and microwave radio transport systems. The products complement the Telco Systems' EdgeLink solutions, which have been successfully deployed in Tier 1 networks over the past 10 years.

Commenting on the acquisition, Dave Lee, vice president of business development for Telco Systems, said, "The broadband products developed by Charles Industries will extend our EdgeLink solution set to include features and technologies such as Ethernet over PDH not currently offered in the product family. The addition of the Ethernet over PDH capability is an important part of our goal to offer more options to service providers as they look to optimize their current infrastructure and/or migrate to Carrier Ethernet."

As part of the acquisition, Telco Systems will retain an R&D team and research facility located in Pleasanton, California.

About Telco Systems

Based in Foxboro, Massachusetts, Telco Systems is a leading provider of carrier-class transport and access solutions for IP and TDM networks for carrier, service provider and enterprise markets. Its suite of products includes solutions for Carrier Ethernet Access rings and demarcation, residential and enterprise VoIP, FTTx, SONET, TDM and T1 backhaul.

Founded in 1972, Telco Systems' focus is to maximize the power of their customers' networks by integrating transport, access and packet technologies onto industry-leading platforms that meet today and tomorrow's network demands.

Telco Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (LSE: BVC). For more information, please visit Telco Systems' web site at http://www.telco.com.

About Charles Industries

Charles Industries, Ltd., is a privately held, diversified manufacturing and technology company servicing telecommunications, marine and industrial markets. Founded in 1968, the company is ISO 9000 and TL 9000 certified and employs more than 600 professionals in its Rolling Meadows, Illinois, corporate headquarters and six U.S.-based manufacturing plants. For further information, please visit www.charlesindustries.com or call (847) 806-6300.

Contact Information