Actelis Networks Signs Distribution Agreements with Microtel, Q&I and Omni Ray

VENICE, Italy, September 21, 2004 - New opportunities to unlock the greater potential of copper in the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland were announced by Actelis Networks at the Broadband World Forum in Venice. It has signed new distribution agreements in all three countries so that network operators and business enterprises have ready access to the Ethernet opportunity that maximises the bandwidth capability of existing copper infrastructures.
Actelis Networks&reg is a leading supplier of solutions that enable profitable, carrier-grade broadband services over local loop copper, based on the IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) standard and meeting ETSI Annex E Requirements. The Actelis innovative MetaLIGHT&reg platforms can provide up to 70 Mbps of Ethernet services to business customer locations only served by copper, enabling point-to-point or point-to-multipoint Ethernet-over-copper solutions.
Actelis platforms provide far greater rate, reach and reliability compared to other products available today, while still conforming to G.SHDSL.bis physical layer technology as well as to standard bonding schemes. Their cost-effective, high-speed broadband connectivity allows multi-location organizations to seamlessly communicate and share resources, and meets the demand for increasing bandwidth brought about by the growing popularity of applications such as voice over IP, video conferencing, data transmission and email use.
In the UK, Microtel, a division of Kenton research, has signed a distribution agreement with Actelis. It has already achieved some early successes with systems deployed with the UK's Ministry of Defence. "We are delighted to be appointed as Actelis's partner in the UK", said John Larkin, Microtel's sales and marketing director. "The MetaLIGHT products are aimed at both service providers and the enterprise market and the early level of interest we have seen has been amazing."
Through Q&I, the Actelis distributor in The Netherlands, several municipalities such as Roermond and Bergen op Zoom now enjoy faster, better communication after deploying MetaLIGHT products over existing lines, extending the municipality LAN network to connect their various sites. "We are proud of the robustness of the Actelis products evident in daily operation in many municipality sites," said Mr Servie Janssen, manager of product marketing at Q&I. "The error-free continuous operation makes it a "deploy-and-forget" type of product".
The third distribution agreement was signed with Omni Ray, a leading commercial and service enterprise for industrial automation in Switzerland. "Business enterprises need increasing bandwidth to meet the needs and opportunities of today's technology by maximizing the potential of their copper infrastructure," confirmed Rene Jost, division manager of computing and communication for Omni Ray. "With the Actelis solutions, we can deliver that potential quickly and cost effectively, without disruption."
"We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership with all three of these European companies," said Meir Amarin, executive director of EMEA sales, Actelis Networks. "Our advanced technology together with the national technical support, marketing and sales expertise of our new partners is a great combination, bringing more bandwidth over copper, efficiently and cost-effectively to their customers, as well as increasing our market penetration in Europe."