European provider Al-Pi selects Atrica's optical Ethernet system

August 20, 2002--Atrica today announced that Uni2 France Telecom Group subsidiary Al-Pi Telecomunicacions, a regional telecommunications service provider based in Barcelona, Spain, has chosen Atrica's optical Ethernet system as the foundation for its next-generation metropolitan area network.

Aug 20th, 2002

August 20, 2002--Atrica today announced that Uni2 France Telecom Group subsidiary Al-Pi Telecomunicacions, a regional telecommunications service provider based in Barcelona, Spain, has chosen Atrica's optical Ethernet system as the foundation for its next-generation metropolitan area network.

Al-Pi is using Atrica's carrier-class optical Ethernet system, which includes the A-8000 series optical Ethernet core switches, the A-2100 optical Ethernet edge switch, and Atrica's service platform for Ethernet networks (ASPEN). The service provider plans to offer optical Ethernet-based services including a point-to-point Ethernet virtual private line service that provides improved performance over Al-Pi's traditional 64-Kbit/sec leased line service at the same price point, multi-point transparent LAN services, Internet access with value-added virtual private networking, security and firewall services, and circuit emulation services for PBX interconnection.

Al-Pi is a provider of telecommunications services for public entities, corporations and small to medium enterprises. The service provider delivers its voice and data services via 800-km fiber-optic metro networks.

"After a thorough examination of possible solutions to our metro networking needs, we determined that Atrica's optical Ethernet system was the most obvious and direct route to delivering profitable new Ethernet-based services," says Aime Brial, chief executive officer of Al-Pi Telecomunicacions.

"Key features like sub 50-msec resiliency, carrier-class QoS, MPLS-based traffic engineering and easy service provisioning overcame any reservations we had about using Ethernet as the basis for our metro network and paved the way for a substantial reduction in both our capital and operational expenditures," he continues. "We believe Atrica's solution will be the means to more profitable metro services for Al-Pi and our customers."

Atrica is a privately held company based in Santa Clara, CA, with research and development facilities in Israel and business development and sales offices throughout Europe and Asia Pacific. The company has received a total of $117 million in funding to date, including financing from prominent venture funds such as Accel Partners, Benchmark Capital and St. Paul Venture Capital, and from six leading global service providers. For more information, visit Atrica on the Web at www.atrica.com.

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