FiberLight Selects MRV Carrier Ethernet Systems to Expand its Wholesale and Enterprise Ethernet Services

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MRV OptiSwitch® Positions FiberLight for Growth in 20 Metro U.S. Markets

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With its forward looking nature and state-of-the-art equipment and robust infrastructure, FiberLight has positioned itself well to meet the demand for bandwidth and IP-connectivity that delivers business continuity, network security and streamlined IT departments

FiberLight©, LLC, one of the nation’s leading providers of mission-critical, high-performance fiber optic network solutions, announced today it has selected MRV COMMUNICATIONS, INC. and its OptiSwitch® Carrier Ethernet access platforms, as the foundation for its carrier Ethernet fiber optic access network that delivers optical wholesale and business Ethernet services to customers in 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S. MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading supplier of optical communication systems for high-speed carrier and enterprise networks.

To meet its rapidly growing demand for inter-connecting businesses and delivering high-speed IP data in metro areas, FiberLight added the MRV Metro Ethernet equipment to its optical network to provide the capacity and flexibility demanded by large enterprise and government agency customers. FiberLight worked with MRV to install OptiSwitch 900 Ethernet demarcation service units and OptiSwitch 9000 metro Ethernet aggregation service units to enhance its LightSource© Ethernet service offerings.

The new networks allow FiberLight customers to dynamically control their bandwidth without a long lead time via their own network management capabilities. For example, a customer could reapportion part of a 10 Gbps circuit to offer 100 Mbps of bandwidth to a new office by making the change remotely and thereby avoiding delays on new service delivery. Using the OS900 at the demarcation point for wholesale and business Ethernet services, FiberLight is also able to support end-to-end Ethernet service visibility, service level agreement (SLA) monitoring and Ethernet virtual circuit loopbacks for non-intrusive fault analysis.

Based in Atlanta, FiberLight is known as one of the nation’s leading providers of mission-critical, high-performance fiber optic network solutions. FiberLight operates an extensive fiber optic network in 20 markets for a diverse customer base that includes local and long distance telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers, municipalities, utilities, Fortune 500 enterprises, school systems, as well as local, city, and federal government entities. FiberLight also offers LightSource dark and lit fiber capacity for customers who have unique bandwidth requirements.

“With its forward looking nature and state-of-the-art equipment and robust infrastructure, FiberLight has positioned itself well to meet the demand for bandwidth and IP-connectivity that delivers business continuity, network security and streamlined IT departments,” said Noam Lotan, chief executive officer of MRV Communications. ''MRV OptiSwitch portfolio brings FiberLight MEF-compliant functionality for fully interoperable wholesale and Ethernet business services. MRV is on the cusp of where this market is going and we look forward to a long relationship of enabling FiberLight’s growing marketplace presence.''

''The future of broadband technology is all about convergence, with the data side and the optical transport side colliding out of necessity. Companies are now realizing the savings value of migrating from legacy copper-based networks to fiber networks because companies can increase bandwidth substantially without increasing overall costs,'' said Ben Edmond, FiberLight’s EVP of Sales & Marketing. ''MRV’s equipment is designed to offer optical transport technology that meets our mission critical, high performance focus, delivering low latency and optimal performance management tools to add value to our clients by enabling a higher level of SLAs and quality of service.''

About OptiSwitch
MRV's OptiSwitch family is an award-winning line of compact carrier Ethernet switching platforms that range from the OptiSwitch 9000 metro Ethernet aggregation products to the OS900 demarcation series. OptiSwitch products offer service providers a full suite of carrier-grade Ethernet services along with high-availability, enhanced quality of service, security, time-division multiplexing (TDM) circuit emulation and Ethernet operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) support. This full suite of OAM tools creates flexible service awareness and rigid SLAs. OptiSwitch products meet IEEE, ITU, IETF standards and MEF specifications, offering complete control to simplify deployment and management while maintaining full interoperability and visibility into customer and provider networks.

About FiberLight
FiberLight is a premier provider of mission-critical, high performance networking services including Ethernet, Wavelengths and IP, SONET, and Dark Fiber optical transport network solutions. Solutions are provided to telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web-centric businesses. FiberLight wholly owns its 500,000 fiber mile network in key growth areas and offers robust metro networks in 20 metros within Georgia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Texas, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Wide Area Networking options at layer 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. Visit FiberLight at http://www.fiberlight.com .

For More Information About FiberLight:
Pat Mahony
FiberLight, LLC
Marketing Manager
(678) 347-9256

About MRV Communications, Inc.
The Optical Communications Systems division of MRV Communications is a global provider of Carrier Ethernet, WDM transport and IT infrastructure management solutions since 1988. MRV products enable the delivery of next-generation optical transport and Carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. Since its inception, MRV has demonstrated expertise and experience offering innovative products that address future challenges while reducing network complexity and costs. Delivering optical communication solutions to service providers and enterprise around the world, MRV operates R&D centers in North America, Europe and Asia, along with 50 support centers, and 21 sales offices around the world.

Media Relations
MRV Communications, Inc.
David Rodewald
(805) 494-9508
pr(at)mrv(dot)com

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