October 7, 2004 Cupertino, CA -- Luminous Networks today announced two contracts: Zhejiang Power has awarded the company a contract to expand its communications network into six additional cities, including HangZhou and JiangShan. The second contract comes from regional communications service provider Resilient Networks; Resilient will use the Luminous platform to interconnect its three facilities and transport Ethernet services.
Luminous' products have been deployed by Zhejiang Power in four other cities in less than a year, bringing to 10 the number of Zhejiang Province cities providing customers with a range of services over the Luminous RPR platform, including TDM lease lines, Ethernet private lines, Ethernet local access, E1 voice, narrow band data, Internet access, video services, and Voice-over-IP.
Working closely with partner Keybridge Communications Co., Ltd (Hong Kong), Luminous has installed its PacketWave system to provide telecommunications services for Zhejiang Power customers.
"We're working to help Zhejiang Power reduce the bandwidth 'bottleneck' in Zhejiang Province access networks," reports Yudan Jin, vice president and general manager, Luminous Networks China. "The China electric power market is growing rapidly due to China's economic growth, which is increasing power consumption demand. Our industry leading PacketWave solutions will provide Zhejiang Power with a highly efficient, high-bandwidth data and voice platform to better satisfy current and future customer demands."
The Luminous PacketWave architecture assures large private network customers the highest reliability available today with the resiliency to restore network outages in less than 50 milliseconds. The PacketWave product line is a highly efficient platform with the capability to aggregate services from multiple IP-based customer networks for transport over a shared optical network.
Luminous' PacketWave solutions are based on Resilient Packet Ring (RPR), the recently approved IEEE standard 802.17. Customers deploying Luminous' PacketWave have realized the value of RPR as an efficient transport approach for delivering multi-services in metropolitan area networks. PacketWave's packet-based architecture reduces transport and operational costs, since it carries voice, data and video services over a single network with a common management and provisioning system.
In a related announcement, Resilient Networks (Milwaukee, WI) has tapped Luminous to interconnect its three facilities and deliver Ethernet services to its customers, including Ethernet Private Line and Internet access.
"As a service provider, we are continually looking for ways to deliver a broad base of revenue-enhancing and cost-saving services to our customers," explains Alec Ellsworth, CEO of Resilient Networks. "After evaluating several solutions from vendors in the marketplace, Luminous Networks gave us a way to add services across any physical transport while providing multiple classes of service. This flexibility on one platform was a winner for us."
Luminous Networks combines new emerging revenue-bearing "opportunistic" services such as Ethernet Private Line, Transparent LAN Services, and traditionally "provisioned" services such as TDM voice and video over a single operational platform. The service provider can provision any or all of the following services:
• Point-to-point services (e.g. TDM or SONET/SDH cross connect, Ethernet private line);
• Point-to-multipoint service (e.g. Direct Internet Access or DIA service, digital video broadcast, private line aggregation); and
• Multipoint service (e.g. Transparent LAN services, SONET/SDH grooming).
The Luminous Networks PacketWave product family consists of three classes of products--the M, C and E-Series. PacketWave products currently support up to 2.5-Gbit/sec Ethernet rings and feature SONET OC-3, OC-12 and OC-48 network ring speeds. The same platforms can be configured for SDH networks in international markets. Customer-facing interfaces include Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, T1, E1, DS3, OC3, ASI Video, SDI Video, and more.