Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Made In America: Aurora Networks Receives RUS Certification

Cable Operators Applying for RUS Funding Can Utilize Aurora Networks' Traditional HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG Technologies for Extending networks

Aurora Networks via 09/29/09 Santa Clara, Calif. - Traditional HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG solutions by Aurora Networks, Inc., have won "product acceptance" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and its Rural Development Telecommunications Program for use by cable operators that receive RUS grants and loans.

The solutions from Aurora Networks, the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, environmentally-conscious optimized platform for next-generation cable services, are now part of the agency's "List of Acceptable Materials" detailing products and technologies that can be utilized by companies seeking financing for the development or expansion of broadband infrastructure. The effort administered by RUS and its Rural Development Telecommunications Program provides loans that cover the cost of construction, expansion or acquisition of facilities that deliver broadband services to eligible rural communities.

Mid-sized cable operators, which are using Aurora Networks' solutions to evolve their networks for the delivery of next-generation services, are expected to be key participants in the RUS program. A large number of these operators conduct business in underserved rural areas that are a target of the program's funds.

"Our HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG technologies have already generated lots of interest among mid-sized cable operators looking for cost-effective and environmentally-sound solutions to evolve their networks," said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing, Aurora Networks. "With the acceptance of Aurora Networks' products into the RUS program, we can help these cable operators take the next big steps in their evolution by providing cost-effective, energy efficient and optimized platforms that deliver next-generation cable services."

Specifically, the Aurora Networks' technologies winning product acceptance for use within the RUS program are:

* Traditional HFC Solution — With its advanced line of optical transport products, Aurora Networks is the ideal partner for cable operators and their HFC deployments. Aurora Networks has the leading-edge technology to enable operators to cost-effectively meet their network and bandwidth needs.

* Aurora Networks' "Green" Fiber Deep Solution — By driving fiber deep into the network, cable companies can meet their bandwidth needs while reducing the number of actives and power supplies within their operations. Fiber Deep enables cable operators to go green by achieving significant reductions in cost and energy consumption, while at the same time delivering new services and high bandwidth capabilities to subscribers.

* RFoG — Aurora Networks' RFoG solutions enable cable operators to take advantage of FTTP architectures, incorporating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations associated with more traditional approaches.

These solutions from Aurora Networks allow cable operators to quickly and efficiently upgrade or extend their networks — a key consideration contained within their RUS loan applications.

"Those behind the RUS broadband loan effort want to expand the reach of this funding as much as possible, hoping the dollars put into the program go the extra mile for consumers who don't yet have access to advanced communications services," said Dahlquist.

"Our future-proof technologies provide cable operators with the ability to cost-effectively upgrade their networks while at the same time getting the service support they need to upgrade their infrastructure, all critical components for any operator applying for RUS dollars."

About Aurora Networks
Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs.

Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services.
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