ONI Selects Actelis Networks Carrier Ethernet Over Copper Solution To Deliver
Voice And Data Services Over Electrical Power Lines Communications

Actelis Network Equipment Enable Innovative Use of Existing Electrical Facilities

Lisbon, Portugal, May 16, 2006 - Service Providers and Network Operators are looking at innovative ways to extend the reach of their Metro Ethernet services to reach more subscribers and satisfy the demand for next generation telecom applications. ONI, Portugal's leading alternative fixed line operator, is deploying Actelis Networks' Carrier Ethernet over Copper™ access platforms to deliver high-quality, high-bandwidth Ethernet using ONI's PLC (Power Line Communication) equipment which deliver services over the electrical infrastructure to subscribers throughout Portugal. Actelis is the world-leading provider of Carrier Ethernet over Copper access platforms that encompass a wide range of networking solutions.

ONI has deployed Actelis systems to extend Ethernet over Copper to remote PLC equipment not reachable by fiber. The Actelis platform supports a point-to-multipoint network that is used to backhaul PLC equipment. This network delivers a 10 Megabit Ethernet connection that can be used to support both telephony services and Internet access.

According to ONI, "The Actelis platform achieves excellent performance in terms of bandwidth, range, and reliability. The system provides fiber-like resiliency and performance, is very simple to configure, as well as fast and easy to deploy. The Actelis platform over power lines will allow mass adoption of broadband services for all people of Portugal."

"Actelis Networks is pleased to have joined with ONI of Portugal to provide Ethernet over copper services using existing copper infrastructure," said Ronen Peleg, Vice President of EMEA Sales for Actelis Networks. "Increasing demand for high-bandwidth services outside fiber networks requires new approaches to solve this problem. Actelis' Ethernet over copper platforms converts the copper network into a broadband network with a fiber-quality transport solution that offers same day deployment and fast return on investment for service providers."

Actelis' award-winning product portfolio enables system integrators, service providers, and private network operators to use the existing copper infrastructure to provide premium long-reach voice, video and data services quickly and universally. Available in point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configurations, Actelis' Ethernet-over-Copper platforms deliver up to 45 Mbps of symmetrical, high-quality Ethernet services to customers or locations over the existing copper plant. Designed to comply with the IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) standard, and powered by Actelis' patented EFMplus™ technology, the Actelis' platforms provide far better rate, reach and reliability than other Ethernet-over-Copper solutions. With the ability to provide high-quality bandwidth to distances beyond 10 km, Actelis' platforms are ideal to support a wide range of broadband applications including transparent LAN services, LAN interconnection, and voice and video over IP.

About ONI

ONI operates on the Portuguese telecom fixed market of Voice, Data and Internet and is the leader among the new operators. ONI is leading the mass adoption of broadband through out Portugal. Oni is a private company owned by Grupo EDP with 56%, Grupo BCP with 22, 8%, Brisa with 17% and Galp Energia with 4,2%.