Korea's PowerComm to deploy over 1,000 Riverstone routers

Jan. 7, 2002
January 7, 2002--Riverstone Networks Inc. today announced that PowerComm Corp., a subsidiary of KEPCO, Korea's National Electric Power Corporation, will become the first national telecommunications carrier to deploy an all-Ethernet metropolitan area network. PowerComm will deploy over 1,000 advanced Riverstone service-creation routers in the greater Seoul area.

Riverstone Networks Inc. today announced that PowerComm Corp., a subsidiary of KEPCO, Korea's National Electric Power Corporation, will become the first national telecommunications carrier to deploy an all-Ethernet metropolitan area network. PowerComm will deploy over 1,000 advanced Riverstone service-creation routers in the greater Seoul area.

PowerComm will deploy interlinked RS 38000 aggregation routers in its metro core and RS 1000 and RS 3000 access routers in its metro edge, which will reach every district throughout greater Seoul--a population of 11 million. The network will offer Layer 2 and Layer 3 services and feature Riverstone's Ring Rapid Spanning Tree resiliency technology for high availability and operational simplicity. In addition to offering its own Internet-based services to compete with traditional legacy service providers, PowerComm will also lease its network to local broadband service providers. PowerComm has installed over 60,000 km of optical fiber throughout Korea.

PowerComm marks the latest in a series of major Korean carriers to deploy Riverstone's metro routing technology. Korea Telecom and DACOM Corporation have also created advanced metro networks with Riverstone equipment over the last year. KDC, the leading network integrator in Korea, will assist PowerComm in designing and positioning its next-generation network, and will deploy and service the Riverstone routers locally.

"PowerComm has significant fiber assets and is a leading broadband service provider in Korea," said David Gross, senior networking analyst, Communications Industry Researchers. "With nearly 11 million residents, metropolitan Seoul is one of the world's largest regions. By delivering dependable systems that support Ethernet transmissions as reliably as established telco protocols, Riverstone has become a premier metro router supplier for big carriers. In turn, its experience supporting large installations is adding to its momentum in this market segment."

Riverstone Networks Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) builds routers that convert raw bandwidth into profitable services for Metropolitan Area Networks. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.riverstonenet.com.

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