Sirius Broadband taps Salira for Bangladesh GEPON project

January 26, 2006 Santa Clara, CA -- Salira Systems, a provider of Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) systems, announced that Sirius Broadband has selected the Salira 3000 Series in order to build the first GEPON network in Bangladesh. Sirius Broadband says it has been using Salira's equipment to deliver commercial-grade bandwidth to downstream carriers for more than two years in the city of Dhaka.

January 26, 2006 Santa Clara, CA -- Salira Systems, a provider of Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) systems, announced that Sirius Broadband has selected the Salira 3000 Series in order to build the first GEPON network in Bangladesh. The Salira 3000 Series is the company's standards-based product line, based on the IEEE 802.3ah protocols for Ethernet PON (EPON). Sirius Broadband says it has been using Salira's equipment to deliver commercial-grade bandwidth to downstream carriers for more than two years in the city of Dhaka.

"We are strongly committed to providing our customers with world-class products and services on a win-win basis. After reviewing all the different PON products, we determined that Salira was the best long-term solution," comments Ziaur Rahman, chairman and CEO of Sirius Broadband. "Salira's solution is unique in its ability to deliver unprecedented capacity on a PON network for legacy TDM-based services and emerging Gigabit Ethernet services simultaneously."

In the deployment, Sirius Broadband is delivering Gigabit-level capacity to other carriers and Multiple System Operators (MSOs). Sirius says it is giving its customers the ability to deliver a variety of Metro Ethernet services such as high-speed Internet access, Voice over IP (VoIP), Video on Demand (VOD), Minerva IP-TV, digital radio, gaming, video conferencing and other advanced IP-based services. The deployment involves Salira's proprietary and standards-based line cards and optical network units (ONUs), including multiple standards-based Salira 3350 ONUs.

"We are proud to be involved in the first EPON deployment in Bangladesh, and we look forward to working with Sirius Broadband as they expand their network," remarks Dr. Yanming Liu, president and CEO of Salira Systems. "Salira's unmatched ability to deliver legacy TDM services and advanced IP-based services on the same platform enables Sirius to offer unique service profiles to their carrier customers."

The Salira 3000 Series incorporates Teknovus chipsets and consists of the Salira 2550 optical line terminal (OLT), the Salira 3345 ONU, and the Salira 3350 ONU. Services are provisioned and maintained by the company's Salira Access Management (SAM) system.

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