Cell Site Backhaul Provider PEG Bandwidth builds fiber network with MRV's OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet switching platform to deliver advanced services to booming Tier 1 subscriber base
CHATSWORTH, Calif., Apr 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) --MRV Communications(TM), Inc. (OTCQB: MRVC) ("MRV" or the "Company"), a leading provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and integration and managed services, today announced that PEG Bandwidth ("PEG"), a provider of customized, fiber-based backhaul networks, has selected MRV's OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet switching platform to manage a rapid increase in traffic offload and support the delivery of high-capacity Carrier Ethernet services for 3G and 4G LTE networks across the central and eastern United States.
PEG specializes in building high-bandwidth fiber networks connecting cell towers and communities that lack the requisite telecommunications infrastructure to support today's cellular traffic requirements. Since its founding in 2009, PEG has installed over 1,000 miles of fiber and supports cell towers serving almost four million people between the communities of Dallas, Wichita Falls, Monroe and Shreveport. To support the unrelenting growth in cellular data traffic and popularity of 3G and 4G devices, PEG is on track to double its fiber network's capacity in 2012.
In order to accommodate the exponential increase in traffic, PEG chose to deploy high-bandwidth Carrier Ethernet, delivered over a resilient fiber network and supported by MRV's compact and intelligent OptiSwitch platform. The OptiSwitch enables a full suite of Carrier-grade Ethernet services, offers common and multifunctional devices for all scenarios up to 10GE to the cell tower, and simplifies service deployment via auto-provisioning. The platform also simplifies Service Level Agreement ("SLA") conformance by delivering the most advanced service awareness tools and most useful Ethernet operation, administration and maintenance ("OAM") support in the industry. MRV's OptiSwitch is among the first platforms to fully comply with the Metro Ethernet Forum ("MEF") Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) initiative, meeting multiple Class-of-Service ("CoS"), network interconnect and service OAM capability requirements.
"Carrier Ethernet provides the scalability, redundancy, service creation and management features we require to support our customers' demands," said Chris Pickard, vice president of engineering and network architecture at PEG Bandwidth. "The compact yet powerful OptiSwitch enables seamless interoperability and visibility into customer and provider networks, and provides the capability to handle Tier 1 traffic and the reliable foundation needed for PEG to remain confident and focused on building a next-generation network."
As PEG increases its fiber footprint, the company also has the opportunity to increase service revenue by delivering Carrier Ethernet to business subscribers in the regions they serve. In addition to enabling the real time service management and granular Quality-of-Service ("QoS") parameters that large enterprise customers require, MRV's OptiSwitch platforms unify mobile Ethernet backhaul and business Ethernet services delivery through common software and hardware architecture for operational ease and efficiency.
"With cell traffic increasing exponentially and business subscribers looking for new and faster ways to connect their facilities, service providers, like PEG, need to future-proof their network by deploying strong, flexible solutions to support current and future growth," said Zeev Draer, vice president of strategic marketing of MRV's Optical Communications Systems(TM) ("OCS") division. "MRV's OptiSwitch simplifies the deployment, management and end-to-end quality monitoring of Carrier Ethernet services, allowing the provider to concentrate on the customer and building a better business."
About PEG Bandwidth
PEG Bandwidth, with offices in Dallas, St. Louis and Philadelphia, is the fastest-growing provider of fiber-based, customized cell site backhaul solutions for wireless carriers. PEG Bandwidth has been awarded backhaul services from several major wireless providers to help support 3G (EVDO, HSPA) and 4G (WiMAX, LTE) wireless deployments, specializing in lower-tiered and rural markets in the United States. Since its founding in 2009, PEG has raised a total of $80 million through their sole equity partner, Associated Partners, LP, to support the deployment of unique, customized backhaul networks in unserved and under-served markets. For more information, please visit our website at www.pegbandwidth.com.
About MRV Communications, Inc.
MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading global provider of carrier Ethernet, wavelength division multiplexing optical transport, infrastructure management equipment and solutions, as well as network integration and managed services. MRV's solutions enable the delivery and provisioning of next-generation optical transport and carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. MRV provides equipment and services worldwide to telecommunications service providers, enterprises and governments, enabling network evolution and increasing efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs. Through its subsidiaries, MRV operates research and development centers in North America and Europe, along with support centers and sales offices around the world. For more information about MRV, visit: www.mrv.com.
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