Missouri's MNA continues with Movaz ROADM

March 20, 2006 Atlanta, GA -- The Missouri Network Alliance (MNA) announced the continued expansion of its network using Movaz Networks' RAYexpress optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) platform. The project uses Movaz's DWDM technology to remedy "fiber-exhaust situations" by reusing fiber originally deployed in a SONET ring architecture.

March 20, 2006 Atlanta, GA -- The Missouri Network Alliance (MNA) announced the continued expansion of its network using Movaz Networks' RAYexpress optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) platform.

The MNA is a consortium of independent operating companies (IOC) deploying a regional DWDM optical network that circumnavigates the state of Missouri, providing wavelength services to customers. The project uses Movaz's DWDM technology to remedy "fiber-exhaust situations" by reusing fiber originally deployed in a SONET ring architecture.

MNA says that when it originally began deploying the Movaz platform in 2004, it was with two goals in mind: to increase the capacity of the existing network, and to improve cost per wavelength.

"All the reasons we selected Movaz originally are now materializing," maintains Max Huffman, COO of MNA. "With the RAYexpress platform, we have been able to add and grow capacity at a lower cost than other platforms. Because of the RAYexpress' easy expandability, we have turned up new services quickly by adding new cards only at the endpoints of the circuits, and enjoyed the flexibility of adding new services at rates only as required. These benefits have all translated into the bottom line for our customers, and enable MNA to meet its commitment to serving rural Missouri communities with the highest levels of customer service and quality."

With the implementation of the Movaz platform, MNA says its 1600-mile optical network has the expanded ability to deliver business-class 10G connectivity to Missouri companies, even those in rural communities, while establishing and improving voice and data communications among diverse locations. With the expanded network capacity, MNA says it has been able to reduce the number of interLATA circuits leased from other vendors.

"We are pleased that Movaz has provided MNA with the critical features, service, and architecture to support their expansion," comments Bijan Khosravi, chairman and CEO of Movaz Networks. "MNA has chosen a technically superior platform that will enable their success with their customers."

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