OpVista and Redback Networks to Demonstrate Advanced Business Services at Cable Tec Expo


OpVista's New 'EtherWave' Solution and Redback Networks SmartEdge Multi-Service Edge Router Deliver Lower Cost Services

ORLANDO, Fla., June 18 - OpVista and Redback Networks, an Ericsson company, today announced that the companies will conduct a network simulation later this week at the Society of Cable Television Engineers Cable Tec Expo (in OpVista's booth, 2562) to show how carriers can meet the video and "GbE" (Gigabit Ethernet) needs in their networks by cost-effectively distributing to the network edge.

OpVista provides optical transport systems that deliver scalable and reconfigurable dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) for leading organizations in the cable and telecommunications industries. Redback Networks, an Ericsson company, sells an all-in-one router platform for next generation broadband services - such as high-speed Internet, phone, TV and broadband mobility - to more than 500 carrier customers worldwide.

MSO and other carrier networks are straining under the tremendous growth of high-bandwidth video and data services, particularly when it comes to the "bandwidth bottleneck" at the edge of the legacy single-service broadband networks. Therefore, OpVista and Redback will demonstrate how operators can leverage OpVista's new EtherWave solution and Redback SmartEdge Multi-service Edge Router to deliver GbE-based services to the edge and lower their "CAPEX" and "OPEX" costs. EtherWave consists of the OpVista2000 TR110 GbE "muxponder" with Layer 2 functionality and the TR71 10GbE transponder.

The OpVista2000/SmartEdge Multi-service Edge Router demonstration incorporates two separate video sources which feed video streams over GbE. The Redback SmartEdge aggregates the packets coming from both ports into a single 10GbE stream and hands it off to an OpVista2000 TR71 card at "Node A." The 10GbE is carried over a 10G wavelength to the OpVista2000 at "Node B." The OpVista TR110 card disaggregates the 10GbE signal into the individual GbE streams via the Layer 2 switching capability within the TR110.

"This is an important demonstration of our new EtherWave solution offering the industry's most advanced set of GbE aggregation and transport capabilities," said Dawn Hogh, VP of Marketing and Business Development for OpVista. "EtherWave delivers extremely cost-effective aggregation and distribution of GbE services, and we are very pleased to demonstrate our solution with Redback. CAPEX and OPEX reduction as well as interoperability goes to the heart of our value proposition for carriers."

"Video and bandwidth-hungry data services are driving most network upgrades worldwide, competition is speeding the pace of new service introductions, and end users are accessing services through a growing number of devices, including mobile devices," said Arpit Joshipura, VP, Product Management, Redback Networks. "When building out networks, MSOs and carriers therefore need to invest in technology that will provide reliability, flexibility, interoperability and overall cost efficiency to address these market forces."

In related product news, OpVista also announced that the EtherWave solution received a 4.0 Diamond rating in Broadband Gear Report's "Diamond Technology Reviews" program for 2007. Launched in 2004 by Hermes Media & Research, "BGR" has become the leading online product and deployment alert service for broadband engineering professionals, such as 8000 cable broadband engineering managers employed by Tier 1, Tier 2 and independent operators in North America and Europe. BGR launched the Diamond Technology Reviews program in 2005 to answer the need for an unbiased technology review program within the broadband community. Five senior engineering executives in the cable (MSO) industry constituted this year's judging panel.

About Redback Networks

An Ericsson company since January 2007 (NASDAQ:ERIC), Redback Networks helps manage triple-play services for 50 million subscribers and 15 of the top 20 telephone carriers worldwide. Redback's multi-service routing platform delivers next generation broadband services such as VoIP, IPTV, On-Demand Video, and on-line gaming. Redback Networks has more than 500 carrier customers worldwide and is based in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit http://redback.com/.

About OpVista

The OpVista nWave Optical Networking platform turns existing network infrastructure into carrier Ethernet-ready networks easily and cost-effectively. Universally compatible with existing metro and regional DWDM systems and fiber plant, the nWave product family can quadruple the number of available wavelengths in order to meet exploding consumer and business demand for high-bandwidth video, such as HDTV, and IP-based services. Furthermore, using OpVista's unique optical multicasting solution, carriers can deliver bandwidth in single wavelength increments to any node at any time. As carriers make the transition to IP and Ethernet-based services, OpVista is there to help carriers realize greater revenue and reduce both operating and capital expenditures. OpVista is based in Milpitas, CA. For more information, visit http://opvista.com/.

Source: OpVista

CONTACT: Michael Newsom, +1-508-541-9036, mike@bcww.com,

or

Constantine Theodoropulos, +1-617-619-9801, constantine@prboston.com, both for OpVista

Web site: http://opvista.com/
http://redback.com/

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