February 27, 2003 - Mahi Networks (Petaluma, CA), a supplier of metro core aggregation platforms announced the release of Net OASysT v1.0, a Network Optimization Analysis System that quantifies carriers' business performance gains.

Net OASys has been developed and proven through years of rigorous studies conducted with several of the largest incumbent carriers in the United States. This suite of software modeling tools is combined with network consulting from Mahi's veteran team of former carrier network planners and engineers. Mahi's specialists use Net OASys to help communications service providers align their network architectures and business objectives, providing thorough and realistic assessments of the capital, operational, and service benefits of using core aggregation solutions.

"Mahi's Net OASys addresses a key area for carriers seeking to evolve their metro core to reduce cost and position for new services growth," said Susan Almeida, co-founder of Boston-based consultancy Network Strategy Partners. "Beyond delivering a platform aimed at next generation price/performance, Mahi is also tackling a critical operational hurdle by automating and simplifying the planning and costing analysis necessary for carriers to deploy metro core networks."

The software tools allow carriers to plan network changes based on their actual costs of adopting technologies. The software generates multi-variable analyses of complex central offices, and predicts requirements by using data such as equipment interface types, traffic patterns, loaded labor costs, circuit adds/moves/changes, equipment sparing, OSS integration, training costs, and depreciation. It then provides forecasts using standard metrics such as savings, return on investment, net present value, and opportunity cost. Net OASys delivers analysis results in an understandable format that optimizes the planning and architecting of carrier networks.

"Carriers are being pressured to improve profitability through aggressive network optimization, but they're strapped for the resources they need to undertake large cost-saving initiatives," said Ron Longo, vice president of worldwide marketing. "Despite the industry downturn, carriers are still spending CapEx on their transport networks. Net OASys is a turnkey service that leverages our team's domain experience to help carriers immediately measure the substantial financial benefits of deploying higher-performance network architectures than their present mode of operation."

Net OASys software can be fully customized, and quantifies costs and projected savings over a range of network applications including optical node interconnection, SONET ring aggregation, metro Ethernet transport, and automated transport networking using GMPLS signaling. Mahi is planning to enhance the software with tools for market planning and competitive technology evaluation.

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