PacketFront's FTTH offering accepted by USDA's Rural Utilities Service

MAY 31, 2007 -- By achieving Technical Acceptance, rural FTTH and telecommunication projects are now able to implement the PacketFront products with the assistance of grants and loans from RUS.

MAY 31, 2007 -- PacketFront (search for PacketFront) has announced that its complete FTTH offering has attained Technical Acceptance by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). By achieving Technical Acceptance, rural FTTH and telecommunication projects are now able to implement the PacketFront products with the assistance of grants and loans from RUS. PacketFront asserts it is "the first fully integrated FTTH solution" to attain Technical Acceptance from RUS.

The key component in PacketFront's FTTH offering is the BECS control and provisioning system. BECS is designed to enable operators to build and run fully automated broadband networks with self-provisioning capabilities, in both open-access and retail business models. End users are able to self-subscribe to their own broadband services through a web-based portal, without any manual interaction with the service provider or network operator. This keeps operational costs low for the delivery and support of the services, while passing on to the consumer the savings from increased efficiencies, PacketFront says.

The PacketFront product set also consists of the SMT and HMT management tools for customer care and helpdesk responsibilities, as well as the ASR portfolio of Advanced Services Routers and the DRG family of customer premises equipment.

"We are thrilled to have attained Technical Acceptance from RUS for our total FTTH solution," said Matt Wenger, VP sales for the Americas of PacketFront Inc. "This will only strengthen our commitment to providing successful broadband solutions, both technically and economically, to rural America."

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