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Press Release -- March 27th, 2012
Source: Champion ONE
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Champion ONE’s Exclusive Fiber Optic Technology Allows Ohio-based Service Provider to Increase Existing Fiber Utilization

Service provider chooses unique single fiber single wavelength technology, laying groundwork for substantial future expansion

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – March 27, 2012 – DRS LLC., a service provider and information technology consulting firm with client networks in 37 states and 6 countries, recently experienced a pressing need to expand its network capabilities when its fiber plant around Columbus, Ohio was exhausted for future growth. With more than 800 miles of fiber optic cable delivering service to clients across Ohio and Pennsylvania, the company sought a cost-effective means of accommodating its steady growth without accruing significant new infrastructure expense. By partnering with Champion ONE, a global provider of carrier-grade fiber optic solutions, the company found an innovative, cost-effective means of doubling its fiber plant in the Columbus area without trenching additional fiber optic cable, creating the foundation for DRS's future expansion in the region.

DRS, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, specializes in cloud services, managed services, data center operations and network infrastructure deployments. DRS's building and metro cabling services division has been building out its infrastructure for more than 10 years, providing metro area clients with broadband services, IT expansion services and critical support capabilities. To support commercial growth in the Ohio market, however, DRS concluded that it would need to increase its existing network capacity, to enable the completion of fiber rings in the Columbus metro region and future expansion.

DRS turned to Champion ONE, an Ohio-based provider of MSA compliant, carrier-grade transceivers and optical solutions known for its superior service, pricing and support. Working closely with Champion ONE engineers, DRS opted to deploy single fiber single wavelength (SFSW) fiber optic pluggable transceivers to enable full duplex data transmission on a single strand of fiber while using the same wavelength on both ends of the connection. The adoption of SFSW technology effectively doubled DRS's fiber plant while eliminating the need to incur the high costs of laying new fiber, as each strand of fiber can now be leveraged to support a full service whereas it previously required two strands.

"With Champion ONE, we gained value and saved money at the layer one level," said Dave Wilkeson, DRS chief technology officer. "Any time you can save fiber count, it's a very good thing."

Champion ONE SFSW optics also positioned DRS's network for future growth. When the need arises the number of services can be substantially increased using the same fiber. Champion ONE's SFSWs transceivers can be used in combination with its CWDM (coarse wavelength division multiplexing) passive filters to enable up to eight wavelengths to be transmitted on a single strand of fiber. In addition, multiple channels of mixed protocols and data rates can be supported. By capitalizing on this technology, DRS can gain substantial additional bandwidth without investing in costly network upgrades, relying on Champion ONE to provide accessible service, support and products when the time comes.

"It is clear that single fiber technology has established a strong foothold in networks across the country. But the exciting part is that with our new single fiber single wavelength technology we are now able to provide a true migration path to exponentially expand network bandwidth, using gigE and soon 10gig service, while minimizing both capital and operational expenses," said Keith Lewis, Champion ONE director of marketing and product management.

"DRS relies on Champion ONE for high-quality, cost-effective products that maximize fiber, which enables us to deliver dependable service to our client base," Wilkeson said. "Additionally, having access to fiber optics industry experts provides a level of support unavailable through most OEMs."

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About Champion ONE
Champion ONE is a global supplier of standards-based, carrier-grade network solutions for clients in the service provider, enterprise, healthcare, education and government sectors. The company's transceivers, optical filters and accessories, and optical systems are optimized for use with the industry's leading OEM platforms. Putting an emphasis on providing In A Class By Itself Service™ to its customers, Champion ONE provides products that are backed by an exceptional warranty and consistently superior support. For additional information on Champion ONE, call 800-860-7466 or visit our website at www.championone.net.

About DRS LLC.
DRS LLC is an information technology consulting firm and service provider specializing in Cloud services, Managed Services, data center operations, and network infrastructure deployment including local area networks, wide area networks, VoIP, and connectivity. DRS has strategic partnerships with top technology vendors, most tier-one carriers, and operates two state-of-the-art data centers in Youngstown delivering bandwidth to both public and commercial entities. For more information visit www.drsllc.net

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