Research Triangle Park, January 11, 2011 – Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, today announced that the Technical Standards Committee “A” (Telecommunications) Advanced Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS) has accepted Overture Networks’ award-winning ISG and UTS Carrier Ethernet product families as part of its List of Acceptable Materials.
Overture’s ISG, UTS and UTX product families are the most cost-efficient way to deliver carrier-class Ethernet and TDM-based services in today's environment. These solutions, which are ideal for last-mile and middle-mile projects, are purpose-built and carrier-proven platforms designed for the customer edge and first level aggregation points and help service providers reach all of their customers’ locations with premium Ethernet and IP services regardless of available access technology. Overture’s solutions are well-suited for Carrier Ethernet infrastructure expansion over fiber or Ethernet radio; converged Ethernet and DS1 services over optical Ethernet; and hardened environments such as mobile backhaul or remote equipment pedestals. Additionally, many of the products allow service providers to take advantage of universally available T1/E1, DS3 and SONET/SDH circuits to complement dedicated fiber access and quickly turn up services in new business locations.
The RUS, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers funding and low-cost loans to service providers investing in networks to serve rural communities. Any carrier who is deploying last-mile or middle mile projects in market areas that meet the underserved criteria can apply for these funds.
RUS acceptance allows service providers to purchase Overture solutions with these funds. Overture’s list of RUS Accepted products includes the ISG-Series (ISG 6000, ISG 5100, ISG 2200, ISG 45, ISG 180 and ISG 140), UTS 4000, and UTX 8500.
“Overture’s RUS Acceptance is important for independent telecommunications operators that want to provide business and mobile backhaul services, in the most cost-effective and efficient way – using Carrier Ethernet,” said Jeff Reedy, CEO of Overture Networks. “Today’s service providers need a solution strategy that allows them to provide a ubiquitous service offering regardless of the access technology needed to reach their customers. Overture’s ISG and UTS product families enable our customers to deliver fully managed Ethernet, IP and TDM services, from 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps, over any infrastructure, and are an ideal solution for service providers building out Broadband Stimulus-funded networks to reach un-served and underserved markets.”
About Overture Networks
Overture Networks is the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to more than 245 service providers and enterprise customers in 34 countries worldwide, including 10 of the top 15 US Carrier Ethernet service providers. Its innovative solutions have proven to be integral to a service provider’s ability to fully leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply service revenues and streamline operational costs. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with a technology center in Richardson, TX, Overture Networks is relentlessly focused on providing solutions at the ever-expanding edge of the network. With its patent-protected, award-winning family of products for both business services and cell site backhaul, Overture Networks uniquely combines the packet-switched and circuit-switched worlds into a single architecture—at cost points that make it extremely attractive to offer Carrier Ethernet services to any size location—over optical fiber or copper transport. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.