ONI Systems to provide SDN Communications with next generation network

April 9, 2001
Apr. 9, 2001--ONI Systems Corp. and SDN Communications announced that SDN and its member companies will deploy ONI's ONLINE11000 regional transport platform in more than 30 cities.

ONI Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: ONIS), a provider of optical telecommunications systems for the metropolitan and regional markets, and SDN Communications, a privately held company owned by a number of South Dakota's independent telephone companies, announced that SDN and its member companies will deploy ONI's ONLINE11000 regional transport platform in more than 30 cities spanning over 2,000 route miles between Rapid City, Aberdeen and Sioux Falls.

ONI and SDN have entered a contractual agreement, which provides for product shipments beginning in Q2 2001, and is valued at approximately $8 million for the first two ring deployments, which are expected to begin running live traffic this quarter. The use of ONI's hardware and software solutions will double SDN's existing network capacity from 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps) to 4.8 Gbps, enabling SDN to transport high-speed services while meeting its current and future bandwidth demands.

SDN, a provider of diverse network solutions to multi-location business clients and wholesale carrier clients in the upper Midwest, is owned by a majority of the independent telephone companies in South Dakota. SDN's product portfolio includes ATM, Frame Relay, Private Line, IXC Switching and Internet services. By leveraging ONI's ONLINE11000 transport platform and OPTX operating system, SDN can manage its entire network and services on a unified platform for its owner companies.

The ONLINE transport platform supports the delivery of high bandwidth optical services by providing a highly manageable and flexible platform. The ONLINE maximizes the fiber capacity using DWDM technology, which is capable of simultaneously transporting up to 33 protected or 66 unprotected wavelengths per node and enable true optical service delivery by providing dynamic control of the optical layer. The company claims it is the only platform that supports both shared optical protection (O-BLSR) and dedicated optical protection (O-UPSR) with a failure recovery rate of 50 milliseconds or less. The ONLINE platform includes the ONWAVE family of products that efficiently groom lower speed services, such as OC-3/12/48, Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), and Fibre Channel, into a wavelength to increase wavelength efficiency and system capacity. The ONLINE platform leverages the OPTX operating system for wavelength and services management.

About SDN Communications:

SDN Communications, based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is a

provider of diverse network solutions to multi-location business clients and wholesale carrier clients. For more information, visit www.sdncommunications.com.

About ONI Systems:

ONI Systems(TM) (NASDAQ: ONIS) develops, markets and sells optical networking equipment specifically designed to address bandwidth and service limitations of regional and metropolitan networks. For more information, visit www.oni.com.

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