Terawave tapped for major FTTB PON deployment

January 5, 2006 Hayward, CA -- Sigecom, a cable service provider and registered CLEC with headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, has deployed Terawave's broadband passive optical networking (BPON) optical access systems to provide Ethernet and DS1 services to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout its region.

January 5, 2006 Hayward, CA -- Sigecom, a cable service provider and registered CLEC with headquarters in Evansville, Indiana, has deployed Terawave's broadband passive optical networking (BPON) optical access systems to provide Ethernet and DS1 services to small- and medium-sized businesses throughout its region.

According to a press release, Sigecom's fiber-optic based network spans over 900-mi., and is available to more than 88,000 businesses and homes in greater Evansville and Newburgh. The provider offers bundled telephone, video, and data services to business and residential subscribers through a single fiber-optic connection.

"Terawave has a broad portfolio of PON ONTs, which allows us to exactly match the service requirements of each customer site," says Steve Stanfill, VP of network services for Sigecom. "Their solution is very easy to provision, so we can quickly configure and change services according to our customer demand. Plus, they had some protection features that other vendors could not match, which allow us to provide higher reliability for mission critical business traffic."

Sigecom deployed Terawave's TW-600 optical line terminals (OLT) and TW-300 optical network terminals (ONT), which are capable of providing sophisticated Ethernet services including virtual private LANs with "Q in Q" capability, TDM private line services for PBX and data traffic, and POTS/FXS voice services. The Terawave platform provides symmetrical 622-Mbit/sec bandwidth on a single fiber that can be shared among up to 32 subscribers. The TW-600 provides TDM, ATM, and Gigabit Ethernet uplinks to Sigecom's SONET add-drop multiplexers (ADMs) and TDM voice switches, and can also interface with an ATM backbone.

"PON is a much more cost-effective solution than either SONET or fiber modems for small and medium sized business services," offers Ron Mattingly, director of engineering for Sigecom. "The Terawave products tested very well, and their long record of service to MSOs, and their long-term commitment to the PON market, made us very comfortable with our decision."

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