Vodafone Portugal Deploys Brilliant Telecom's IEEE 1588v2 (PTP) Solution in its IP Backhaul Network


Campbell, Calif., September 30, 2008-Following extensive lab testing and a successful live trial in the Lisbon area, Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc. today announced the signing of a contract with Vodafone Portugal for the supply of the industry's first end-to-end, IEEE 1588v2-based synchronization solution for its live IP-based mobile backhaul network.

Vodafone Portugal is migrating its backhaul infrastructure from traditional leased lines to Ethernet, as a cost-efficient means of transporting increasing volumes of mobile broadband traffic. The project will initially target the cities of Lisbon and Porto, where pure metro Ethernet connectivity is being used directly over a fiber infrastructure.

"Although the migration to Ethernet allows us to achieve considerable cost savings, it also poses the challenge of ensuring synchronization to our basestation sites. Our cellular networks require accurate synchronization signals to minimize interference among sites and to ensure optimal inter-cell handover performance" said Miguel Martins, CTO of Vodafone Portugal. "The flexibility of the Brilliant solution has proved strategically important for us as it can be used with any type of Ethernet connectivity - either self built or leased from fixed carriers - additionally, it is independent from the transport equipment, and is capable of synchronizing future 3G IP and 4G basestations as well."

Brilliant Telecommunications, Inc., a developer of next-generation timing and synchronization solutions based in Campbell, California, is providing an end-to-end synchronization solution to Vodafone Portugal. Brilliant's C-2000 - a carrier-class PRS/IEEE 1588v2 Grand Master - is used in the core nodes to provide timing to client nodes comprising the Brilliant BT series product. Implementing the IEEE 1588v2 standard, the BT product provides frequency and time synchronization for existing 2G and 3G basestations, as well as future 4G cellular nodes, without imposing stringent restrictions on the quality of the IP/Ethernet backhaul infrastructure

"The collaboration with Vodafone Portugal has allowed us to develop a carrier-class PTP solution which has evolved from the lab to readily deployable solutions by mobile carriers across the world," commented Dr. Charles Barry, President and CEO of Brilliant Telecommunications. "The BT client products and C-2000 Grand Masters, offer the operator a cost-effective and seamless migration path to Ethernet backhaul networks, while capitalizing on the cost and efficiencies of IP/Ethernet as bandwidth demands explode."

The first phase of the project will provide the critical timing needs for 400 basestation nodes deployed in the cities of Lisbon and Porto which have been targeted for migration to metro Ethernet before the end of Q1 2009.

About Vodafone Portugal
Vodafone Portugal is part of the Vodafone Group, world's leading mobile telecommunications company. Vodafone Portugal focuses on delivering total communications solutions to its more than 5.2 million customers and has a leadership position in terms of innovation, brand image and customer satisfaction in Portugal. Visit Vodafone Portugal's website at www.vodafone.pt. For further information, please contact Vodafone Portugal's Corporate Communications, Governance Support and Corporate Social Responsibility Department on (+351) 210.915.219 (phone), (+351) 210.915.480 (fax) or by e-mail at press.pt@vodafone.com

About Brilliant Telecommunications
Founded in 2004, Brilliant Telecommunications designs, develops and distributes a family of network timing, management and synchronization solutions, including carrier-class NTP and PTP servers, Primary Reference Sources (PRS), and Building Integrated Timing Supplies (BITS). These highly accurate end-to-end timing network solutions deliver SLA monitoring and management capabilities, in addition to providing timing and synchronization to the most time-sensitive applications in legacy and next-generation IP networks.

For more information please visit BrilliantTelecom.com

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