Alloptic GEPON selected for South Africa mine security network

April 26, 2006 Livermore, CA -- South Africa's Lonmin Mines, the third largest platinum mining operation in that country, has deployed Alloptic's Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) access platform for its next generation security network. Working with South African distribution partner Letlhaka Technologies, Alloptic says the the deployment represents the first GEPON deployment in South Africa.

April 26, 2006 Livermore, CA -- South Africa's Lonmin Mines, the third largest platinum mining operation in that country, has deployed Alloptic's Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (GEPON) access platform for its next generation security network. Working with South African distribution partner Letlhaka Technologies, Alloptic says the the deployment represents the first GEPON deployment in South Africa.

"The Alloptic solution allows us to fundamentally re-architect our communications network and significantly improve cost-performance of that network," comments Albert Davis, security technical manager for Lonmin Mines. "With the bandwidth of the Alloptic Solution, we are able to converge three disparate networks onto a single infrastructure. With the [platform's] upstream bandwidth, we are now able to overlay our...security monitoring and control applications. The passive nature of the network has allowed us to save over 40% of the cost of a point-to-point, dedicated network."

Alloptic says its GEPON platform provides a "pure Ethernet infrastructure," scalably operating at gigabit speeds for security and monitoring applications. The company says its newest class of ONTs provides a "full line-rate gigabit of bandwidth" while supporting diverse routing. The company says the platform provides the benefits of PON economics with superior bandwidth and reliability for providing converged IT and security applications and services.

"Working with our partner, Letlhaka Technologies, who has an extensive background in security systems, we are able to bring to Lonmin Mines the value of a true broadband fiber infrastructure capable of supporting hundreds of cameras, all transmitting high-resolution video upstream, while remaining efficient in fiber utilization," comments Art Schultz, VP of worldwide sales for Alloptic. "With the ability to support downstream applications like voice, data, and video as well, the Alloptic solution offers performance far in advance of traditional security networks."

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