BTI Systems Provides Efficient and Flexible Network Solution to Cogeco Cable Inc.

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Canadian cable operator leverages BTI solution to deliver leading edge communication services.

The BTI 7000 Series next generation packet optical platform is a sound investment in network and service delivery infrastructure that enables Cogeco Cable to continue offering leading edge communications services over a converged WDM and Carrier Ethernet-capable solution.

BTI Systems, a global supplier of Intelligent Service Edge solutions for the delivery of high-bandwidth, multi-protocol services, today announced that it has been chosen by Cogeco Cable (Cogeco) for a network build-out in the Gaspe region of Québec to address requirements for increased network capacity and expand its service offering in the region. Cogeco, the second largest multiservice operator in Ontario, Québec and Portugal, provides cable distribution, audio, analog and digital television, high speed Internet and telephony services.

The Gaspe region deployment is the fourth build out within Cogeco's network to leverage a BTI Systems solution delivering multiservice capacity and meeting challenging, regional distance requirements (209km link unrepeatered). Most recently, Cogeco implemented a BTI Systems solution in 2007 to upgrade and build out its Québec regional network linking Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Québec City, and Chicoutimi.

Addressing the communication needs of Québec's consumers, Cogeco needed to deliver multiple OC-48 SONET network connections throughout the Gaspe region. Rather than implement multiple overlaid rings, the strategy of choice was to leverage BTI's packet optical platform to consolidate SONET connectivity onto a single wavelength, using the 10-port Multiprotocol Muxponder (10-port MXP), and enable a simplified transition to Ethernet-based connectivity for future service opportunities. In addition to the 10-port MXP, the BTI 7000 series provided 10G link reach extension with Dual 10G Multiprotocol Transponders (10G DTPRs) as regenerators at intermediary sites along with amplifiers and dispersion compensation modules, all as part of an integrated service delivery solution.

The BTI 7000 Series solution leverages 10 Gbps G.709 OTN-enabled wavelengths, an extensive reach extension portfolio, and a modular approach to address existing and future service connectivity in a compact, low first-in cost platform. OTN-enabled WDM simplifies delivery of multiple protocols, improves signal reach with forward error correction (FEC), and provides an in-band approach to "lights-out" management of intermediary regeneration and amplification facilities.

"Cogeco Cable delivers differentiated, leading edge services to its customers. The bandwidth demands of increasingly online lifestyles require that Cogeco be extremely agile and innovative with service offers," said Fahim Sheikh, Director of Sales, Canada, BTI Systems. "The BTI 7000 Series next generation packet optical platform is a sound investment in network and service delivery infrastructure that enables Cogeco Cable to continue offering leading edge communications services over a converged WDM and Carrier Ethernet-capable solution."

About BTI Systems:
BTI Systems addresses increasing demand for Ethernet services, greater optical capacity, dynamic networking, and management simplicity in service provider and enterprise networks. Expanding the capacity of a single fiber up to 320Gbps, BTI's Intelligent Service Edge solutions enable high capacity wavelength and packet-based services such as video, storage, wired data, wireless data and voice, and media to the network edge. Incorporating state-of-the-art technology BTI products are engineered for very low power consumption to reduce carbon footprint in central offices and data centers. The BTI portfolio consists of The BTI 7000 Packet Optical Edge, the BTI 700 Ethernet Access, and the NETSTENDER Series. Key capabilities include packet switching, software-provisionable multiprotocol client service interfaces, CWDM/DWDM, optical multiplexing, amplification, and dispersion compensation. End-to-end management of the BTI Network is provided by the proNXâ„¢ Management Suite.

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