Strategic Announcement: PacketFront Develops GPON Solution



    CHICAGO, June 19 /CNW/ - PacketFront, the pioneer in open-access
broadband networking, has announced its activities for a GPON solution for the
broadband market in the first half of 2008. The GPON activities will see the
use of passive fiber optics reaching residential and business end users,
similar to PacketFront's current Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) solution using
active equipment.

    "With this GPON solution we will be able to offer FTTH access to a much
broader market compared to today," said Niclas Sonesson, CTO of PacketFront.
"We can achieve a passive FTTH access solution in cases where our current
active solution is not a preferred alternative."

    GPON technology's strength lies in its promise of higher density in the
central office, and easier ways of carrying the fiber in demographics using
aerial cables. The expected future growth of HD-rich TV and video content
drives the need for gigabit bandwidth speeds to the end users, an area where
GPON will play an important role in the future.

    "We believe GPON will become the predominant PON standard among carriers
in North America and Europe complementing active Ethernet for FTTH," said Lynn
Hutcheson, Vice President communication components at market research firm
Ovum-RHK. "There are deployment scenarios where GPON has advantages and others
where active Ethernet is better suited. The more flexibility network operators
can have in their choice of technology the better off they will be."

    Independent of either active or passive FTTH, ADSL2+ or other access
technologies PacketFront's automated broadband solution can manage it all in
one single control and provisioning system, BECS. PacketFront's successful
broadband solution offers unique possibilities to GPON customers for
cost-efficient broadband deployment and operation, including its proven
abilities for advanced service differentiation and personalization. The
open-access business model, an area where PacketFront is a world leader, is
yet another advantage presented to GPON cases. Multiple service providers
share the same infrastructure, and end users can choose services from the
service provider of their choice.

    The GPON solution will consist of indoor and outdoor Optical Network
Units (ONU) and the PacketFront high density Optical Line Terminal (OLT). The
GPON OLT will be based on the same flexible feature-set as the recently
launched ASR 5000, which is targeted for active Ethernet FTTH. PacketFront's
advanced service and traffic control functionality will be added to the GPON
system. The imagination-based networking concept, launched with the ASR 5000,
gives full feature flexibility and investment protection for network owners.

    "The development of the ONU utilizes our expertise and know-how of the
DRG series of customer premises equipment, and will offer end-users freedom of
choice represented by our solution," said Niclas Sonesson. "It is important
for us to respond to our customers' requirements, which we achieve by bringing
the GPON solution forward. As the complexity is on the solution side rather
than the PON or physical layer side, the driver for our customers is to be
able to automate and manage their network elements and services using our
combination of Advanced Services Routers and control & provisioning system."

    About PacketFront

    A pioneer of open-access broadband networking, PacketFront develops
advanced purpose-built solutions for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.
PacketFront enables fully automated networks where many service providers
deliver competing services over shared infrastructure. As an industry leader,
the company is committed to advancing technical and business innovation for
open-access networks. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, PacketFront has
offices in Boston, Oslo, Amsterdam and Shanghai. For more information, please
go to www.packetfront.com




For further information:

For further information: PacketFront Ingrid Aksnes, Marketing
Communications Manager Tel: +46 739 14 91 53 ingrid.aksnes@packetfront.com

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