3 Rivers picks Pannaway's access platform

April 17, 2006 Portsmouth, NH -- 3 Rivers Communications selected Pannaway Technologies' broadband access system for the delivery of next-generation services to rural subscribers. 3 Rivers is a 53 year-old telephone cooperative located in Fairfield, Montana, supporting 20,000 access lines across 29 exchanges.

April 17, 2006 Portsmouth, NH -- 3 Rivers Communications selected Pannaway Technologies' broadband access system for the delivery of next-generation services to rural subscribers. 3 Rivers is a 53 year-old telephone cooperative located in Fairfield, Montana, supporting 20,000 access lines across 29 exchanges.

"Our goal is to deploy an IP Ethernet network that is extremely fast, highly efficient, and capable of scaling to support the emerging services that our subscribers will demand," comments Darren D. Moser, general manager at 3 Rivers Communications. "Pannaway's flexible ADSL2+ and active Ethernet FTTH solution will help us to deliver a robust set of triple play features along with the necessary bandwidth capacity to ensure our future success and competitive standing."

According to a press release, 3 Rivers will use Pannaway's copper and fiber-based access platform to deliver SIP-enabled triple play services. Pannaway products to be deployed include the company's Broadband Aggregation Routers (BAR) in central office locations for scaleable 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport and the company's Broadband Access Switches (BAS) in remote terminals (RT) to enable "last mile" voice, video, and data delivery. The ILEC will also use Pannaway's Broadband Access Manager (BAM) system to simplify the deployment and provisioning of broadband equipment and services.

"We plan to offer digital IPTV and one of our primary reasons for selecting the Pannaway solution was its patent-pending Primary Line VoIP technology which is proven to eliminate video corruption, commonly caused by ring trip in a converged ADSL2+ voice, data, and IPTV environment," adds Moser.

"Our use of IP-Ethernet and SIP allows us to deliver superior video quality along with significantly enhanced rate/reach benefits to our telco partners," concludes Kevin Brown, VP of marketing for Pannaway. "This high level of network performance coupled with 10-Gbit/sec transport scalability ensures telcos like 3 Rivers Communications that the network they're building today will have the performance and capacity to support bandwidth-intensive services as they emerge."

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