Actelis Networks Releases Newest Member of its MetaLIGHT Metro Product Family

Actelis' MetaLIGHT 100L provides Service Providers with ability to quickly and cost-effectively offer small businesses high-speed Ethernet services over Copper

FREMONT, Calif., June 3, 2003 - Actelis Networks&reg, a leading supplier of solutions that enable profitable, carrier-grade broadband services over local loop copper, today announced the availability of its MetaLIGHT&reg 100L. An addition to its MetaLIGHT metro product family, the MetaLIGHT 100L allows service providers to offer small businesses high-speed Ethernet services without drastically increasing their costs on infrastructure or deployment costs, such as fiber trenching, and dramatically reducing the time to service.

Based on Actelis' patented MetaLOOP™ technology, the MetaLIGHT 100L system provides high-speed, fiber-quality Ethernet services over the existing copper plant. The MetaLIGHT 100L is designed to allow service providers to address the small business market and complements Actelis' higher capacity MetaLIGHT metro products. A four copper-pair solution, the MetaLIGHT 100L allows service providers to offer small businesses between 1 to 17 Mbps Ethernet services. If a service provider's customer outgrows the MetaLIGHT 100L bandwidth capabilities, they can simply and cost-effectively upgrade the product to Actelis' MetaLIGHT 100E which provides up to 67 Mbps of Ethernet services over the existing copper plant.

An Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) ready solution, the MetaLIGHT 100L offers many of the same features and benefits of Actelis' award-winning MetaLIGHT product family. MetaLIGHT 100L is simple to deploy without the need for loop pre-qualification. It provides far superior rate, reach and reliability compared to other products on the market and allows service providers to maximize the available revenue from customers throughout the Carrier Serving Area (CSA) and beyond.

"Service providers are seeing increased demand from small businesses for broadband services," said Thomas P. Reynolds, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, sales and customer support, Actelis Networks. "The entry point for a large segment of this market is below 10 Mbps, and to date, it has been under-served by DSL and IMA solutions. Actelis' commitment to this market will allow our customers to support multiple applications such as high-speed Internet access, broadcast quality video and voice over IP cost-effectively to a much broader customer base. The carrier-grade MetaLIGHT 100L system allows service providers to significantly drive down the cost to provide broadband services and deliver dramatic improvements in profits and customer satisfaction."

"The majority of enterprise sites are being blocked by a 1.5 Mbps bandwidth ceiling," said Michael Kennedy, co-founder and managing partner of Network Strategy Partners. "With the release of the MetaLIGHT 100L, service providers can provide bandwidth relief in the 2 - 10 Mbps range at affordable prices while boosting their own private line margins by 50% or more."