Wave7 Optics announces Japan FTTP deployment

October 5, 2004, Orlando, FL -- Wave7 Optics announced its first network deployment in Japan at the Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH) Council Conference held here this week. Izumo Cablevision is deploying Wave7's Last Mile Link (LML) Ethernet-based fiber to the premises (FTTP) system in a new network serving the Japanese city of Taki-Cho (Shimane Prefecture).

October 5, 2004, Orlando, FL -- Wave7 Optics announced its first network deployment in Japan at the Fiber-to-the Home (FTTH) Council Conference held here this week. Izumo Cablevision is deploying Wave7's Last Mile Link (LML) Ethernet-based fiber to the premises (FTTP) system in a new network serving the Japanese city of Taki-Cho (Shimane Prefecture). Izume is working with Wave7's channel partner for Japan, Hitachi Kokusai Denki, Yagi Antenna Division.

"The Taki Cho municipality felt strongly that IP voice and RF video service support were absolute system requirements and that very high speed data transmission capability would be essential to permit future service expansion," said Tom Tighe, chief executive officer of Wave7 Optics (location). "As a result, Izumo opted to deploy an FTTP network as opposed to a more conventional HFC system. Our partners in Japan, Hitachi Kokusai, were able to offer the LML system to Izumo to meet all the service and bandwidth requirements of the municipality. In addition, the LML provides all of these services over a 'single fiber' architecture, which dramatically reduces costs, compared to other FTTP systems."

The network is also unique in that Izumo offers each subscriber to select an individualized package of services on an a la carte basis. Izumo Cable provided fiber interconnects to the Taki Cho government backbone fiber network. From these interconnects, Wave7's Last Mile Core optical line terminals are deployed in the field in a distributed architecture and then connected to Wave7's Last Mile Gateway customer premises devices as part of the first phase deployment. Hitachi Kokusai is responsible for the deployment of the LML and the rest of the FTTP infrastructure, including the multi-layer switches, SIP server and video headend equipment.

"The Taki Cho deployment is the first triple-play FTTP deployment in Japan and we are very excited to be participating in this with our partner Wave7 Optics," said Hirofumi Higuchi, executive officer and general manager of Ohmiya Works. "We are breaking new ground with an exciting technology that provides subscribers with a powerful mix of services and bandwidth capability."

Wave7 Optics is exhibiting the complete LML product line at the FTTH Council Conference held here, October 4-6, at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center (booth 706).

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