Luminous Networks Selected by China Netcom for Deployment of Metropolitan Area Optical Access Networks in China

Deployment Begins with Optical Networks in Shanghai and Guangzhou



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Luminous Networks

    BEIJING, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- China Netcom
 Corporation (CNC), one of the major telecommunications carriers in China,
 today announced that it has selected Luminous Networks' PacketWave(TM) Optical
 Access Switches for deployment in the major Metropolitan Area Networks in
 China.  Luminous is shipping its carrier-class optical Ethernet platform to
 CNC, as part of CNC's aggressive build-out of a large-scale, high-speed fiber
 network that encompasses both long-haul and Metropolitan Area Networks.  China
 Netcom will use Luminous' PacketWave optical access switches to deliver
 services in the Metropolitan Area Access Networks beginning in Shanghai and
 Guangzhou.
     The decision by CNC to deploy Luminous' PacketWave platform follows months
 of extensive lab and field testing to confirm the capability of Luminous'
 system to deliver a broad range of carrier-class, packet-based voice, data,
 and circuit services to CNC's customers.  Luminous Networks, based in
 Cupertino, California, is shipping to CNC the industry's first carrier-class
 optical Ethernet platform for Metropolitan Area Networks.  Luminous' systems
 will enable China Netcom to offer business and residential users high-quality
 data services, paired with toll-quality voice and circuit services at
 competitive prices.  The Luminous PacketWave provides CNC with an array of
 differentiated revenue-generating opportunities based on broad service
 offerings, including transparent LANs (Local Area Networks), voice-over-IP,
 virtual private network services, and video services.
     "As we embark on one of the most ambitious telecommunications projects in
 the world, CNC demands a multi-service platform that reliably delivers both
 data traffic and toll-quality voice services over our trans-China network,"
 stated Chareleson Zheng, chief operating officer of China Netcom.  "We are
 convinced that the Luminous PacketWave optical switches provide us with the
 most economical and reliable platform for Metropolitan Area Networks, which
 will give us a competitive edge as we build out our fiber optic infrastructure
 in China."
     The relationship between Luminous Networks and China Netcom was
 facilitated by Luminous' distribution partnership with Photonic Bridges, which
 is providing network planning, sales and marketing, customer service,
 deployment, project management, and integration support in China.  The
 Luminous-Photonic Bridges relationship was also announced today.
     Alex Naqvi, president and CEO of Luminous Networks, stated, "We are proud
 to ship our PacketWave platform to China Netcom, a company dedicated to
 building one of the most extensive and sophisticated fiber systems in the
 world.  With the excellent support of our distribution partner, Photonic
 Bridges, we are working with China Netcom to build a network that is highly
 efficient and scalable, and enables a new generation of broadband IP and voice
 services across China."
 
     Resilient Packet Transport
     Luminous' systems are based on an innovative technology known as Resilient
 Packet Transport (RPT), an IP-optimized, packet-over-optical solution that is
 significantly more efficient than systems burdened with technologies developed
 exclusively for carrying voice traffic.  RPT provides telecommunications
 carriers with a scalable, survivable network that supports differentiated data
 services -- including eight classes of service, transparent LANs, static and
 dynamic routing -- toll-quality voice and circuit services, as well as
 protocol independent lambda services, all in a single box.  RPT guarantees
 sub-50 millisecond protection switching in case of ring or node failure, while
 providing full FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and
 security) management.  Rather than forcing data over a circuit network,
 Luminous' RPT is the first to provide fully synchronous circuits over a
 stratum-timed network that is optimized for packet traffic.  In fact, RPT
 provides uncompromised quality and even greater fiber efficiency for circuit
 services than does SONET/SDH.  Because RPT simplifies the network, it is
 fundamentally less complex and costly to manage, ensuring rapid installation
 and fast revenue generation.
     These service and performance advantages provide China Netcom with a
 platform that can scale to support a broad range of differentiated services
 over their networks.  Luminous has taken a leadership role in defining a new
 standard for packet-based metro optical rings with its participation in the
 IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) working group.
 
     Multi-Service Platform
     Luminous Networks' PacketWave optical access switches enable Metropolitan
 Area Network service providers to offer a rich set of IP and legacy circuit-
 based services, all on the same network.  The Luminous solution enables China
 Netcom to optimize network performance by handling both Ethernet and T1
 traffic on a single platform and to scale as their network grows.  PacketWave
 switches provide the capacity to handle rapidly increasing data loads, and the
 flexibility to adapt to a variety of applications, without sacrificing system
 reliability or voice quality.
     Luminous' PacketWave system enables service providers to deliver reliably
 a wide range of services at the lowest cost per bit.  As a result, China
 Netcom will now be able to transport large volumes of IP data traffic, along
 with toll-quality voice traffic, throughout China's Metropolitan Area Networks
 at a fraction of the cost of alternative voice-centric approaches.
     Luminous' platform delivers intelligent bandwidth management and carrier-
 class reliability, scales to high speeds of 40 to 80 gigabits per second, and
 supports static as well as dynamic routing.  This combination of performance
 and reliability makes the Luminous platform ideal to support the next-
 generation differentiated services for CNC's broad range of needs across its
 extensive network in China.
 
     About China Netcom Corporation
     China Netcom Corporation Limited ("CNC" or the "Company") is a facilities-
 based broadband telecommunications operator in China.  The Company provides a
 full spectrum of services and solutions to meet the broadband
 telecommunications needs of businesses and individuals.  Its core business
 includes providing Internet broadband access and integrated telecom services
 to residential and corporate customers, and building the infrastructure for
 China's New Economy.  Its comprehensive collection of telecom licenses,
 including the license to operate international gateways out of China, puts it
 in peer with incumbent operators such as China Telecom.  CNC can be found on
 the web at www.cnc.net.cn/english.
 
     About Photonic Bridges
     Funded by world-leading venture capitalists, including J. H. Whitney and
 Morningside, Photonic Bridges was established in August 2000.  With
 headquarters in California, it has established initial operations in
 California, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Photonic Bridges' operations in
 China include sales and marketing, technical consultancy, network planning,
 project deployment, post-sale support and 24x7 customer care, R&D and contract
 manufacturing management for its partner companies.  Photonic Bridges has many
 top marketing and technical talents with backgrounds in optical network design
 and planning, project implementation and technical consulting.  Most of them
 have worked in headquarters and in the China branches of multinational
 telecommunications companies before joining Photonic Bridges.  They have
 stayed on top of the latest optical networking technology, with a thorough
 understanding of the specific and unique requirements of the China market.
 Photonic Bridges can be found on the web at www.photonicbridges.com.
 
     About Luminous Networks
     Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Luminous Networks is an optical
 networking company, shipping the industry's first carrier-class optical
 Ethernet platform for Metropolitan Area Networks.  The company is funded by
 Doll Capital Management (DCM), DynaFund Ventures, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
 Venture Partners, Rader Reinfrank, RWI Group, Scientific-Atlanta, Thomas
 Weisel Partners, and Vanguard Venture Partners.  Luminous is represented in
 China by Photonic Bridges, with responsibility for the marketing,
 distribution, implementation and support of Luminous' products throughout
 China.  Luminous can be found on the web at www.luminous.com.
 
     Luminous Networks, the Luminous mark, PacketWave and the Luminous
 Management System are trademarks of Luminous Networks, Inc.  All other
 trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
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    BEIJING, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- China Netcom
 Corporation (CNC), one of the major telecommunications carriers in China,
 today announced that it has selected Luminous Networks' PacketWave(TM) Optical
 Access Switches for deployment in the major Metropolitan Area Networks in
 China.  Luminous is shipping its carrier-class optical Ethernet platform to
 CNC, as part of CNC's aggressive build-out of a large-scale, high-speed fiber
 network that encompasses both long-haul and Metropolitan Area Networks.  China
 Netcom will use Luminous' PacketWave optical access switches to deliver
 services in the Metropolitan Area Access Networks beginning in Shanghai and
 Guangzhou.
     The decision by CNC to deploy Luminous' PacketWave platform follows months
 of extensive lab and field testing to confirm the capability of Luminous'
 system to deliver a broad range of carrier-class, packet-based voice, data,
 and circuit services to CNC's customers.  Luminous Networks, based in
 Cupertino, California, is shipping to CNC the industry's first carrier-class
 optical Ethernet platform for Metropolitan Area Networks.  Luminous' systems
 will enable China Netcom to offer business and residential users high-quality
 data services, paired with toll-quality voice and circuit services at
 competitive prices.  The Luminous PacketWave provides CNC with an array of
 differentiated revenue-generating opportunities based on broad service
 offerings, including transparent LANs (Local Area Networks), voice-over-IP,
 virtual private network services, and video services.
     "As we embark on one of the most ambitious telecommunications projects in
 the world, CNC demands a multi-service platform that reliably delivers both
 data traffic and toll-quality voice services over our trans-China network,"
 stated Chareleson Zheng, chief operating officer of China Netcom.  "We are
 convinced that the Luminous PacketWave optical switches provide us with the
 most economical and reliable platform for Metropolitan Area Networks, which
 will give us a competitive edge as we build out our fiber optic infrastructure
 in China."
     The relationship between Luminous Networks and China Netcom was
 facilitated by Luminous' distribution partnership with Photonic Bridges, which
 is providing network planning, sales and marketing, customer service,
 deployment, project management, and integration support in China.  The
 Luminous-Photonic Bridges relationship was also announced today.
     Alex Naqvi, president and CEO of Luminous Networks, stated, "We are proud
 to ship our PacketWave platform to China Netcom, a company dedicated to
 building one of the most extensive and sophisticated fiber systems in the
 world.  With the excellent support of our distribution partner, Photonic
 Bridges, we are working with China Netcom to build a network that is highly
 efficient and scalable, and enables a new generation of broadband IP and voice
 services across China."
 
     Resilient Packet Transport
     Luminous' systems are based on an innovative technology known as Resilient
 Packet Transport (RPT), an IP-optimized, packet-over-optical solution that is
 significantly more efficient than systems burdened with technologies developed
 exclusively for carrying voice traffic.  RPT provides telecommunications
 carriers with a scalable, survivable network that supports differentiated data
 services -- including eight classes of service, transparent LANs, static and
 dynamic routing -- toll-quality voice and circuit services, as well as
 protocol independent lambda services, all in a single box.  RPT guarantees
 sub-50 millisecond protection switching in case of ring or node failure, while
 providing full FCAPS (fault, configuration, accounting, performance, and
 security) management.  Rather than forcing data over a circuit network,
 Luminous' RPT is the first to provide fully synchronous circuits over a
 stratum-timed network that is optimized for packet traffic.  In fact, RPT
 provides uncompromised quality and even greater fiber efficiency for circuit
 services than does SONET/SDH.  Because RPT simplifies the network, it is
 fundamentally less complex and costly to manage, ensuring rapid installation
 and fast revenue generation.
     These service and performance advantages provide China Netcom with a
 platform that can scale to support a broad range of differentiated services
 over their networks.  Luminous has taken a leadership role in defining a new
 standard for packet-based metro optical rings with its participation in the
 IEEE 802.17 Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) working group.
 
     Multi-Service Platform
     Luminous Networks' PacketWave optical access switches enable Metropolitan
 Area Network service providers to offer a rich set of IP and legacy circuit-
 based services, all on the same network.  The Luminous solution enables China
 Netcom to optimize network performance by handling both Ethernet and T1
 traffic on a single platform and to scale as their network grows.  PacketWave
 switches provide the capacity to handle rapidly increasing data loads, and the
 flexibility to adapt to a variety of applications, without sacrificing system
 reliability or voice quality.
     Luminous' PacketWave system enables service providers to deliver reliably
 a wide range of services at the lowest cost per bit.  As a result, China
 Netcom will now be able to transport large volumes of IP data traffic, along
 with toll-quality voice traffic, throughout China's Metropolitan Area Networks
 at a fraction of the cost of alternative voice-centric approaches.
     Luminous' platform delivers intelligent bandwidth management and carrier-
 class reliability, scales to high speeds of 40 to 80 gigabits per second, and
 supports static as well as dynamic routing.  This combination of performance
 and reliability makes the Luminous platform ideal to support the next-
 generation differentiated services for CNC's broad range of needs across its
 extensive network in China.
 
     About China Netcom Corporation
     China Netcom Corporation Limited ("CNC" or the "Company") is a facilities-
 based broadband telecommunications operator in China.  The Company provides a
 full spectrum of services and solutions to meet the broadband
 telecommunications needs of businesses and individuals.  Its core business
 includes providing Internet broadband access and integrated telecom services
 to residential and corporate customers, and building the infrastructure for
 China's New Economy.  Its comprehensive collection of telecom licenses,
 including the license to operate international gateways out of China, puts it
 in peer with incumbent operators such as China Telecom.  CNC can be found on
 the web at www.cnc.net.cn/english.
 
     About Photonic Bridges
     Funded by world-leading venture capitalists, including J. H. Whitney and
 Morningside, Photonic Bridges was established in August 2000.  With
 headquarters in California, it has established initial operations in
 California, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Photonic Bridges' operations in
 China include sales and marketing, technical consultancy, network planning,
 project deployment, post-sale support and 24x7 customer care, R&D and contract
 manufacturing management for its partner companies.  Photonic Bridges has many
 top marketing and technical talents with backgrounds in optical network design
 and planning, project implementation and technical consulting.  Most of them
 have worked in headquarters and in the China branches of multinational
 telecommunications companies before joining Photonic Bridges.  They have
 stayed on top of the latest optical networking technology, with a thorough
 understanding of the specific and unique requirements of the China market.
 Photonic Bridges can be found on the web at www.photonicbridges.com.
 
     About Luminous Networks
     Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Luminous Networks is an optical
 networking company, shipping the industry's first carrier-class optical
 Ethernet platform for Metropolitan Area Networks.  The company is funded by
 Doll Capital Management (DCM), DynaFund Ventures, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter
 Venture Partners, Rader Reinfrank, RWI Group, Scientific-Atlanta, Thomas
 Weisel Partners, and Vanguard Venture Partners.  Luminous is represented in
 China by Photonic Bridges, with responsibility for the marketing,
 distribution, implementation and support of Luminous' products throughout
 China.  Luminous can be found on the web at www.luminous.com.
 
     Luminous Networks, the Luminous mark, PacketWave and the Luminous
 Management System are trademarks of Luminous Networks, Inc.  All other
 trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
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