Vianet selects Enablence for FTTH broadband services in Ontario

APRIL 6, 2010 -- Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: ENA) says it is working with Vianet Internet Solutions to bring superior HD television and the fastest Internet connectivity speeds available to the Greater Sudbury Area in Ontario, Canada.

APRIL 6, 2010 -- Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSX-V: ENA) says it is working with Vianet Internet Solutions to bring superior HD television and the fastest Internet connectivity speeds available to the Greater Sudbury Area in Ontario, Canada. Vianet is moving into the delivery of advanced triple-play services via fiber to the home (FTTH) using Enablence’s MAGNM Multi Media Aggregation Node.

Leveraging the MAGNM FTTH GPON platform, Vianet is rolling out in the Sudbury area a triple-play package that will include MPEG4 IPTV, Internet, and telephone services as part of a long-term strategy to bring advanced broadband communications services to the greater Ontario market.

Vianet’s IPTV offering will provide “whole home” DVR services, with the bandwidth to deliver HD signals to three HD televisions in a home at the same time. This will be supplemented by dedicated Internet services operating at 45 Mbps.

Enablence says that Vianet turned to the systems provider for the network equipment to support this broadband network after “an exhaustive process that evaluated competitive offerings from major global suppliers of FTTH equipment.” Enablence’s MAGNM platform proved to have the best combination of functionality, ease-of-use, and scalability to grow with the network without costly investments in new hardware, Enablence asserts.

“We wanted a network that would give us the increased bandwidth we need now for HDTV and high-speed Internet, with an easy and affordable upgrade path as the network and the demands upon it grow,” said Daniel Regaudie, Vianet’s director of broadcast services. “MAGNM emerged as the obvious choice due to the easy network provisioning afforded by its Broadband Access Manager and the future-proof benefits of its F-8200 series switch fabrics. These fabrics boosted the MAGNM’s switching performance tenfold, which gave it a significant advantage over the other systems we considered.”

Vianet is proceeding with its rollout in three phases, with Phase 1 to be completed by the end of this year. Vianet’s goal is to claim a substantial share of the Greater Sudbury market over the next three to four years, a market with about 65,000 homes and roughly 158,000 residents. However, Vianet is also setting its sights on other Ontario markets where it already offers traditional telephone and Internet services.

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