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.  
  About ACS  
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."  
  About AFC  
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. 
  

SOURCE  Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.  
-0-                             11/28/2000  
/CONTACT:  Chris Heinemann of Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc., 
707-793-4779, or chris.heinemann@afc.com/  
/Web site:  http://www.afc.com/  
(AFCI ALSK)  
CO:  Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.; Alaska Communications Systems Group,  
 Inc. 
ST:  California, Alaska 
IN:  CPR TLS MLM 
SU:  CON  
-0- Nov/28/2000 14:01 GMT
 
 
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