Link America selects White Rock Networks' optical access platform

February 6, 2006 Richardson, TX -- Link America announced that it will deploy White Rock Networks' VLX2006 multi-service access platform, and that it has chosen the company as its key supplier of carrier-class multi-service access products for fully integrated outside plant solutions.

February 6, 2006 Richardson, TX -- Link America announced that it has selected White Rock Networks, a provider of optical transport systems for metro networks, as its key supplier of carrier-class multi-service access products for fully integrated outside plant solutions.

"Link America selected White Rock's VLX2006 for its outside plant solutions because it's a fully hardened and protected OC-48 that can significantly expand cabinets' capacity for new revenue-generating, Ethernet-based services. In addition, the VLX2006 can consolidate transport for TDM backhaul of existing systems," remarks Jack Boychuk, Vice President of Business Development. "The solutions Link America will develop and sell with the VLX2006 will allow the service provider to incorporate next-generation technologies into legacy networks cost effectively and quickly."

White Rock says its VLX2006 multi-service access platform provides an easy upgrade path to OC-48 transport and enables carriers to "upspeed" their legacy networks by offering new or additional services. Using pre-packaged kits for customer installation, the VLX2006 can be installed into existing cabinets, providing carriers with fully protected Gigabit Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, DS1, DS3, OC-3, and OC-12 drops to the cabinet.

The company says that all of the platform's optical interfaces can be configured on a port-by-port basis, providing for flexible deployment options. According to the company, once installed, the VLX2006 increases network flexibility, extends existing equipment service life, saves fibers by collapsing star networks into rings, increases backhaul bandwidth, fully protects all services, and provides Gigabit Ethernet to every cabinet.

"We're excited to work closely with White Rock, and provide low-cost solutions that extend the life of service providers' existing narrowband remote cabinet installations and upgrade their legacy networks for the latest-generation IP services," concludes Andres Ruzo, CEO of Link America. "White Rock's product family provides carriers with significant capacity for new revenue-generating, Ethernet-based services and transport for TDM backhaul of existing systems."

Founded in 1994, Link America is a minority-owned, ISO 9001:2000/TL9000 certified business specializing in the extension of the life of networks by reengineering business solutions or upgrading existing hardware.

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