Luminous Networks wins $12 million order from Chinese partner Keybridge Communications

March 11, 2003--Luminous Networks today announced that its Chinese distributor Keybridge Communications Co., Ltd. has placed a $12 million order for its metro optical access systems. A stocking distributor in China with offices in 22 provinces, Keybridge is already shipping and installing Luminous PacketWave switching systems in networks for several customers including provincial divisions of State Power, and freeway.

Mar 11th, 2003

Luminous Networks (Cupertino, CA) today announced that its Chinese distributor Keybridge Communications Co., Ltd. (Hong Kong) has placed a $12 million order for its metro optical access systems. A stocking distributor in China with offices in 22 provinces, Keybridge is already shipping and installing Luminous PacketWave switching systems in networks for several customers including provincial divisions of State Power, and freeway.

The PacketWave systems, based on resilient packet ring (RPR) technology, are installed in State Power's networks in six provinces across China, with additional deployments planned in other provinces. State Power is using the Luminous platform to provide a range of TDM voice and IP data services, including TDM lease lines, Ethernet private lines, Ethernet local access, E1 voice, narrowband data, Internet access, video services, and voice-over-IP.

The PacketWave platform is also deployed in networks operated by Zhejiang Power in four cities in China. "The Luminous platform, installed by Keybridge, provides Zhejiang Power with an efficient means to combine TDM voice services on the same platform with IP data services," says Wang Wenxiao, a spokesman for Zhejiang Power. "This allows us to share resources and gain new efficiencies as our enterprise customers' service offerings expand."
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Keybridge Communications chose to distribute Luminous' metro platform based on its ability to deliver voice and data services over one network, with significant savings in both capital and operational costs. Customers can reduce their costs by avoiding inefficient overlay networks to deliver services.

"Our partnership with Luminous provides Keybridge's customers with a metro platform capable of delivering a range of metro services for our enterprise customers," says Yin Jian Feng, vice general manager of Keybridge Communications. "With the Luminous metro platform in our product portfolio, I am confident that we will continue to win business with customers across our broad base of electric power and mining companies."

The PacketWave platform offers the capability to aggregate Ethernet, TDM, video, and wavelength services from multiple customers for transport over a shared optical network. The packet-based architecture, based on RPR, an emerging IEEE networking standard, assures enterprise customers network reliability, with the resiliency to survive network outages in less than 50 msec.

Luminous is getting some traction in China with its PacketWave systems, which are also deployed by telecommunications service provider China Netcom Corp., (CNC). The company is establishing a sales and service network in China via its direct sales group, complemented by a network of distribution and systems integration partners across the country.

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