Menara Networks Announces Deployment Win for its OTN System-in-a-XFP in a Leading MSO Network in North America

Dallas, TX November 17, 2009— Menara Networks, a vertically integrated IP/Ethernet optical transport specialist, today announced that a leading North American Multi Service Operator (MSO) has selected the company's award winning OTN System-in-a-XFP modules to expand its multi-service network servicing enterprise, residential, and mobile customers.

The network upgrade consisted of populating IP/Ethernet Switch/Router with Menara’s award winning OTN System-in-a-XFP modules and connecting the routers over a wide area network as an alien wavelength over deployed DWDM optical infrastructure. The result, a simpler, more efficient transponder-less architecture resulting in faster service deployment, lower first cost, 50% less carbon foot-print, and substantial capital and operational savings associated with the elimination of the DWDM transponders. Menara’s 100% MSA compliant XFP transceivers transparently map native 10 GE LAN PHY signals from the Switch/Router into an ITU-T G.709 compliant OTN frame and perform all necessary Forward Error Correction and OAM processing. Menara's OTN XFP robustness to optical transmission impairments and outstanding system performance made the upgrade a true “plug-and-play” upgrade with no modifications to the existing optical physical network or the installed router base. Link performance monitoring was provided through Menara’s “Link Checker” feature, which allows for continuous monitoring, in real time, of each deployed wavelength Forward Error Correction margin.

“Service providers around the world are moving toward a single IP/NGN converged network with a packet transport underpinning, bringing to fore the question of what is the best transport architecture for combining, mixing, interoperating packet and optical,“ said Michael Howard, Co-founder and Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research. “Integrating these transport functions into switch/router products provides the necessary capital and operational efficiencies that can help network operators stay ahead of the downward transport operational cost/Gbps competition they face. By re-packaging the traditional DWDM transponder into a pluggable XFP module, Menara offers a unique option for operators to make a simple transition to a packet-centric optical transport architecture in a cost effective manner.”

“We are pleased to be selected by a leading operator in its continuing effort to simplify its network and take unnecessary cost out of it,” said Siraj ElAhmadi, Menara Networks CEO and Co-Founder. “The fact that we won this deployment against well established DWDM system vendors, further demonstrates the efficiency of our solution and its disruptive economics”

About Menara Networks.

Menara Networks, a vertically integrated IP/Ethernet optical transport specialist, develops innovative products and solutions that greatly simplify today's layered optical transport networks. Leveraging the company's proprietary high speed ICs and its extensive expertise in optical networking and system design, Menara’s Telcordia qualified and carrier-grade products provide optical networks with superior performance and improved service velocity while reducing network elements and overall network cost. Menara's portfolio of MSA-compliant transceivers with integrated ITU-T G.709 OTN as well as its product line of fully managed, high density micro DWDM systems greatly simplify IP/Ethernet DWDM transport and offer Menara customers simple solutions at disruptive economics for sustained competitive advantage. Menara is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit