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Optical Solutions Announces Switched Digital Video Over Fiber-to-the-Home Network

Collaborative Technology Features Components from Myrio, Harmonic, Hitachi, Pace and Motorola (July 13, 2001)
Fiber-to-the-home company Optical Solutions Inc. today announced a collaborative technology to deliver a complete, end-to-end switched digital video service over the recently introduced FiberPath 400 system. Leading technology providers Myrio, Harmonic, Hitachi Internetworking, Pace Micro Technology, and Motorola will collaborate on the system to allow multiple end-users to receive real-time broadcast video content via an Internet Protocol (IP) transport. Switched digital video also provides end-users with interactive guides and menus for navigating the various capabilities of interactive TV, as well as video-on-demand.

"We're giving service providers an opportunity to maximize the capabilities of their fiber-to-the-home network by offering the highly popular switched digital video service, as well as the totally unique video-on-demand service," said Optical Solutions Chairman and CEO Darryl Ponder. "Optical fiber is the only conduit that can accommodate these bandwidth-rich services."

FiberPath 400, announced last month at SUPERCOMM 2001, is a next-generation voice, video and data platform that supports IP streaming video, up to 100 Mbps data speeds, hundreds of channels of digital and analog CATV, and carrier-class telephony service. "With the addition of switched digital video as an alternative CATV delivery option for FiberPath 400, service providers now have a complete, affordable, end-to-end CATV solution that best leverages the industry's leading systems and components," Ponder said.

The companies collaborating on the switched digital video technology include Myrio, with its customer software, middleware and backoffice software platforms; Harmonic, with its MPEG2 video over IP head-end; Hitachi, with its Hitachi GR2000 gigabit router; and Pace, with its DSL4000 Digital Home Gateway. Motorola also will be featured with its Streamaster multimedia set-top system.

These companies, in collaboration with Optical Solutions, are preparing for an invitation-only demonstration of the new technology in conjunction with the OPASTCO industry conference, July 21-25 in Minneapolis.

About Optical Solutions
Optical Solutions' patented FiberPath fiber-to-the-home technology incorporates a passive optical network (PON) for broadband delivery of voice, video and high-speed data directly to the home and broader community. For more information, please visit:

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