Alloptic and OFS team up on FTTH deployment for residential developers

August 4, 2004 Livermore, CA, and Norcross, GA -- Alloptic Inc. and OFS today announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to simplify fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) deployment for residential developers throughout the United States. Through the alliance, Alloptic will provide standards-based, passive optical access equipment and OFS will provide the optical fiber cable, optical connectivity, and specialty photonics products, creating turnkey FTTP networks.

August 4, 2004 Livermore, CA, and Norcross, GA -- Alloptic Inc. and OFS today announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to simplify fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) deployment for residential developers throughout the United States. Through the alliance, Alloptic will provide standards-based, passive optical access equipment and OFS will provide the optical fiber cable, optical connectivity, and specialty photonics products, creating turnkey FTTP networks.

Driven by today's digital lifestyle, developers are looking for connectivity solutions and transmission speeds that home buyers are demanding such as home networking and home entertainment technologies, including telecommuting, peer-to-peer file sharing, online gaming, HDTV, and home automation.

"Developer's today have the unique challenge of designing and developing a community that is attractive to both builders and homebuyers; it requires a vision and planning beyond the traditional elements," explains Tom Reiman, president of The Broadband Group, a full service technology and telecommunications consulting firm that assists master planned communities in developing unique technology visions for voice, video, data, and home security. "Modern communities require a plan for technology, both in the home as well as connecting them to the rest of the world. Having deployed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in award-winning communities with both of these companies, I'm encouraged that they are teaming up to provide a turnkey solution."

Fiber technology offers a robust, broadband networking solution with virtually unlimited bandwidth and flexibility that is not possible through twisted pair, coax, or hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) networks. For homebuyers, FTTH is a significant amenity with a positive impact on home resale value. With the new alliance and turnkey offering between OFS and Alloptic, developers and builders can now offer homebuyers seamless FTTH technology to address the increasing consumer demand for state-of-the-art home technologies.

"Alloptic's goal in teaming with OFS is to provide the highest quality turnkey solution to customers," contends John Yuzdepski, vice president of sales and marketing at Alloptic. "This alliance represents an important stride forward in fiber-to-the-home deployment to consumers through America's developers. By teaming with OFS, we have the opportunity to add value by integrating the world's best access equipment with OFS' state-of-the-art fiber cable, creating a comprehensive fiber strategy."

"We are very excited about this alliance and the impact it will have on addressing FTTH," adds Ric Johnsen, vice president of OFS. "The joint solution offered by Alloptic and OFS not only gives builders and developers a way to invest in new strategies and architectures for the deployment of integrated digital services to their communities, it provides a competitive, sustainable, and cost-effective platform that can also build a peripheral revenue stream by making them the broadband service provider."

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