Calient Networks earns RDTP listing

MARCH 4, 2009 -- Calient Networks' DiamondWave automated fiber cross-connect product family has been granted acceptance by the Rural Development Telecommunications Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MARCH 4, 2009 -- Calient Networks (search for Calient Networks), provider of carrier-class automated fiber management systems, yesterday announced that its DiamondWave automated fiber cross-connect product family has been granted acceptance by the Rural Development Telecommunications Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The listing of Calient's products will allow them to be purchased with RDTP funds and will enable RDTP borrowers to more profitably manage the rapidly expanding deployments of fiber for broadband services, say Calient representatives. The Rural Development Telecommunications Program enables independent telephone and utility companies to obtain low-interest financial assistance for the purchase and deployment of Calient's fiber management equipment in order to profitably bring Internet access and other broadband social media services (e.g., video streaming, video sharing, digital TV) to rural areas of the United States.

"Achieving RDTP listing enhances Calient's and its partners' ability to help service providers overcome some of the challenges of economically delivering fiber based broadband services in rural markets," contends Daniel Scharre, CEO of Calient Networks,"and [it] comes at a very opportune time with broadband infrastructure expansion part of the economic stimulus package."

Calient Networks' resell partner for Tier II and III carriers is Embarq Logistics.

A key element of RDTP listing is the "Buy American" requirement for domestic origin of the product. Calient is proud of its U.S. base of operation.

According to the company, the DiamondWave FiberConnect is a next-generation intelligent fiber management system. For telecommunication carriers deploying fiber, it enhances performance and customer service in access networks (fiber-to-the-home) and central office environments. The FiberConnect streamlines and centralizes network operations by enabling:

• Rapid, remote test and installation verification of fiber construction;
• Automated fiber records management and real-time inventory;
• Automated tap and test access;
• Optical layer protection and/or restoration;
• Automated network testing;
• Remote operation from the Network Operations Center;
• Instant fiber reconfiguration;
• Automated optical power monitoring and alarming; and
• Seamless technology migration up to 100G connections.

Calient representatives say the company's automated fiber optic cross-connect equipment streamlines testing and network operation, enabling fiber-based carriers to successfully compete for broadband customers.

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