Crowthorne, Berks - 2 February 2009: To help cash-strapped telecoms operators, ISPs & enterprise customers cope with increasing demand on their networks, Fibre Technologies Ltd is introducing two new highly flexible 10Gb/s multiprotocol transponders - FCX10G and FCX10G2 - that will increase available bandwidth and improve traffic management, without the need for a costly network upgrade. New additions to the range of manageable system products from access specialist arcutronix, these fibre optic transponders allow data transmission via single or dual independent channels, each supporting data rates of 9.5 Gb/s up to 11.32 Gb/s - making them ideal for all 10Gb applications, such as Ethernet LAN/WAN, SDH/Sonet, Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel with FEC (forward error correction) and OTN (optical transport network).

The modular FCX10G enables customers to deliver multiple services across a single optical access link, and can be mounted within single slot housings or sub rack configurations, reducing onsite hardware. With pluggable XFPs and 3R functionality, the FCX10G/FCX10G2 transponders offer increased bandwidth; smaller form factor; an improved performance monitoring capability and lower latency across both long and short haul connections. The arcutronix devices offer data transmission of up to 80km for each port.

Juergen Schroeder, CEO of arcutronix, explains: "Today, the market demands Ethernet solutions that offer longer transmission lengths with reduced data error rates and latency. Customers want increased bandwidth and the ability to transmit various protocols over the same optical link. The FCX10G enables us to meet these expectations and future proof customer networks."

Ian Hunt, managing director of Fibre Technologies, adds: "Access networks have long posed cost and performance challenges for operators and service providers - these new 10G transponders products from arcutronix will provide our customers with the ability to transmit over longer distances with the peace of mind that network performance will not be impacted. Demand for triple and quad-play services has increased dramatically over recent years placing additional pressures on operators, so these products should offer some welcome relief.

"Many of our existing customers who have 10/100Mb/s or 1Gb/s network deployments today based on other recent arcutronix products or earlier Pandatel platforms can now enjoy a fast time to deployment and new service revenues with the simple addition of this new 10Gb/s product set to their existing network infrastructure deployments"

About arcutronix

arcutronix is an access specialist from Hanover, Germany. Juergen Schroeder, CEO, and Andreas Zimmermann, technical manager, founded the company in 2007 together with their strategic partner keytronix from Austria. German engineers with over 20 years of experience develop safe, reliable and customer-specific solutions, thus providing high quality standards and quick availability. Technical expertise, fast adaption and anticipation of new market trends and flexible support make the company a reliable and competent partner for their customers in the area of Carrier Ethernet, Transmission, Connectivity, and Alarm + Telemetry.

About Fibre Technologies

Fibre Technologies Ltd (FTL) enables companies to cope with the increasing demand for greater network bandwidth. Its fibre optic communication products and services allow telecommunications carriers, ISPs, universities and IT infrastructure providers to alleviate congestion in existing networks by providing innovative solutions that overcome capacity limitations.

FTL operates a 'partnership' approach with customers and has a good understanding of their needs, responding quickly to requirements and changing market trends. The company's technical expertise and market understanding coupled with great customer service has resulted in a strong customer base which includes BT, NTL/Telewest Business (Virgin Media), Logica, Subsea 7, IPC Media, Sun Microsystems, many systems integrators and solutions providers, MSP's & ISP's, local & central government inc MOD & emergency services as well as a number of top Universities and research facilities such as those at Bristol, Lancaster, Imperial College, Warwick and many others.

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