Alaska Communications Systems Signs Agreement With Advanced
Fibre Communications for ADSL Equipment Application to Provide ADSL Service to Alaska's Remote Subscribers
PETALUMA, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Fibre Communications(R), Inc. (AFC(R)) (Nasdaq: AFCI), a leader in multi-service broadband solutions for the telecommunications industry, today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (ACS) (Nasdaq: ALSK) to supply remote broadband ADSL access equipment. Valued at approximately $10 million, the three-year deal will provide ADSL and additional voice services to subscribers who reside in some of the most remote parts of Alaska. Headquartered in Anchorage, ACS is Alaska's largest, full-service, statewide telecommunications company.
Under the terms of the agreement, AFC has been field approved and endorsed by ACS to supply AFC's EMAXplus(TM) multi-service access platform, Panorama Element Management System(TM), as well as indoor and environmentally hardened outside plant cabinets. AFC's remote access solutions will allow Alaska-based service providers to quickly and cost-effectively deploy a full suite of narrowband, wideband and broadband services, meeting the growing demand for additional voice and data services.
"AFC is pleased to have been selected to provide ACS with next-generation solutions that meet both the growing need for broadband among rural ACS subscribers and the demanding environmental conditions of Alaska," said Kevin McClain, regional vice president for AFC. "Alaskans living in extremely remote areas will now enjoy the same type of high-speed Internet service that is being deployed in heavily populated urban centers."
In order to upgrade existing digital loop carriers (DLC's) throughout its network, ACS will deploy AFC's EMAXplus, a cost-effective retrofit solution for remote cabinets. AFC's EMAXplus system fits into existing legacy cabinets, eliminating time consuming and costly upgrades, and will instantly provide broadband ADSL and additional voice services. The EMAXplus retrofit kit incorporates AFC's DMAX1120(TM) system, a multi-service access platform channel bank assembly that is uniquely suited to provide high-density broadband ATM over DSL and traditional analogue and digital narrowband services.
"Although some of our existing cabinets are still environmentally sound, some of them have reached capacity or can't be upgraded to provide broadband services like ADSL," said Mike Bowman, vice president of engineering for ACS. "The EMAXplus solution makes sense for us. In literally a few days, we can upgrade old cabinets to provide not only more voice services, but ADSL as well, without all of the engineering costs associated with cabinet replacements."
ACS has also selected AFC's indoor and outdoor housings where new DLC cabinets are needed in new or expanding areas. ACS has found AFC's environmentally hardened cabinets to be robust and able to endure the harsh weather conditions and extreme variance in temperatures experienced in many parts of Alaska.
Panorama is AFC's graphical element management system and is designed to make the job of provisioning and maintaining AFC equipment simple and straightforward. Through a graphical user interface, Panorama is capable of providing fault management, configuration, and provisioning capabilities into one centralized Network Operations Center.
ACS is the leading diversified, facilities-based telecommunications carrier in Alaska, offering local telephone service, wireless, long distance, data and Internet services to business and residential customers throughout Alaska. ACS currently serves approximately 330,000 access lines and 74,000 cellular customers throughout the state.
Members of the ACS senior management team have played significant roles in bringing advanced technology to Alaska for more than four decades. ACS is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol "ALSK."
Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. (AFC) designs and manufactures worldwide broadband access solutions for the last mile. AFC's OmniMAX(TM) is a global product family consisting of industry-leading multi-service access platforms with integrated optics and intelligent customer premises equipment. AFC's OmniMAX products can quickly and cost-effectively upgrade legacy networks, ubiquitously delivering narrowband, wideband and broadband services to all subscribers regardless of their geographic location from their carrier's central office.
AFC's OmniMAX product portfolio consists of: AccessMAX(TM), a variety of broadband multi-service access platforms that provide local loop voice, data and broadband solutions; PremMAX(TM), a series of integrated access devices (IADs) that provide integrated voice and data at the customer premises; and TransMAX(TM), a Sonet/SDH optical transport system for metro ring solutions. AFC is also a leading designer and manufacturer of environmentally hardened outside plant cabinets and technology, ranging from 48 to 2,048 lines, as well as indoor cabinets ranging from 48 to 480 lines.
AFC is a corporate member of NMSDC (National Minority Supplier Development Council), a member of TIG (Telecommunications Industry Group) and a participant in the Northern California Supplier Development Council.
Except for historical information contained in this press release, the foregoing contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements based on a variety of risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties relating to actual quantities and timing of any orders received under the contract and the successful development and market acceptance of AFC's new products. Information about potential factors that could affect AFC's financial results is included in AFC's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which have been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
NOTE: AFC, the AFC logo, and the UMC1000 are registered trademarks of AFC. ADSL x+y, EMAX, EMAXplus, DMAX, PremMAX, OmniMAX, TransMAX and AccessMAX are trademarks of AFC. Copyright 2000 Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. All other products or service names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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