FiberCity Networks, Inc. launches metro DWDM system

Aug. 29, 2001--The company claims to be the only Gigabit Ethernet supplier of bandwidth and services with its own proprietary, fiber-optic technology.

A new Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) system is now available for license from FiberCity Networks, Inc. (FiberCity). The company claims to be the only Gigabit Ethernet supplier of bandwidth and services with its own proprietary, fiber-optic technology.

FiberCity claims to be manufacturing it in the U.S. for less than 10 percent of the cost of functionally similar, commercially available DWDM systems. The equipment has been validated during the past 10 months of commercial deployment in the Company's own ultra-broadband fiber-optic metropolitan area network.

Engineered specifically for "edge" deployment to finally break the critical optical bottleneck between customer premises and the wide-area telecommunications network, the metro DWDM system enables FiberCity to deliver Gigabit Ethernet broadband private data services and Internet access directly to its medium and large enterprise customers.

Faced with the challenge of efficiently managing the recurring operating costs of an optical network and minimizing the capital expenditures involved in deploying equipment, FiberCity developed its own DWDM technology and placed it into commercial service. Optimized for edge deployment linking the critical last-mile between buildings and carrier hubs, FiberCity's DWDM system transports Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, ESCON and other protocols with ITU grid wavelength lasers each operating at speeds of up to 2.5 billion bits per second. In a typical ring configuration, FiberCity uses the DWDM equipment to manage over 40 wavelengths, providing 16 separate bi-directional Gigabit Ethernet and protected SONET links between its central office hub and four commercial buildings all connected on a single, two-strand fiber-optic ring.

"FiberCity's metro DWDM equipment has been designed to manage multiple protocols and more than 40 wavelengths over a two-strand fiber ring. We currently deliver approximately five gigabits per second of last-mile bandwidth that is dedicated to each building," said Justin Michael, chief technology officer for FiberCity Networks.

According to industry analyst group Cahners In-Stat in a June 2001 report, the metro portion of the DWDM systems market will grow about 179 percent in 2001 and 69 percent in 2002, eventually reaching nearly $21 billion per year by 2005. In addition, Cahners In-Stat predicts that much of the market's short-term sales growth is expected to come from metro carriers, which represent the newest customer base for the technology.

About FiberCity Networks, Inc.:

FiberCity Networks is a Gigabit Ethernet provider of private data networks to enterprise customers in large, Class A, multi-tenant commercial buildings in North America. For more information, visit www.fiber-city.com.

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