Oregon co-op Molalla picks Occam for triple play

November 15, 2005 Santa Barbara, CA -- Occam Networks, a supplier of Ethernet- and IP-based loop carrier equipment to global telecommunications companies, today announced that Molalla Communications (Molalla, OR) has selected the Occam BLC 6000 system to upgrade the cooperative's existing remote sites, replacing all of its current digital loop carriers (DLCs) with the Occam BLC.

November 15, 2005 Santa Barbara, CA -- Occam Networks, a supplier of Ethernet- and IP-based loop carrier equipment to global telecommunications companies, today announced that Molalla Communications (Molalla, OR) has selected the Occam BLC 6000 system to upgrade the cooperative's existing remote sites, replacing all of its current digital loop carriers (DLCs) with the Occam BLC.

"We selected Occam because we were very impressed with the company, as well as with the product," explains Michael East, president and CEO of Molalla. "It is important to Molalla to have a broadband partner rather than just a product vendor. Among all the vendors that we evaluated, the Occam team continually demonstrated their ability and willingness to help us deliver affordable, reliable advanced broadband services to our subscribers."

Molalla seeks to provide its subscribers with high-speed data, video, high definition TV, and Voice over IP (VoIP) services. The co-op says that to deliver such high-bandwidth services requires that it upgrade its access network to Ethernet and IP immediately, and to upgrade its entire circuit-based network to Ethernet and IP at a future date.

Molalla says it will eventually phase out its Nortel DMS10 switch and move to a softswitch architecture. The co-op believes that using Ethernet- and IP-based products will be less expensive to install, will result in reduced network operating costs, and will increase staff productivity.

Molalla says it began searching for a broadband loop carrier in early 2005, evaluating products from a total of four manufacturers before selecting the Occam BLC. The co-op says it selected the BLC 6000 for its high level of functionality, its potential to deliver a broad array of advanced services, and its ability to scale to meet growing subscriber demand.

"Our proven expertise and broad experience with Ethernet and IP enables us to help telcos like Molalla meet their key objectives and overcome the challenges associated with this transition," says Russ Sharer, vice president of sales and marketing for Occam. "Our customers continue to give Occam high marks for its experience and knowledge, and to be extremely pleased with the functionality, flexibility, and scalability of our products."

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