Sphera Optical Networks to Trial LayerOne's Optical Interconnection Platform

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from LayerOne, Inc.

    DALLAS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a pioneer in optical
 transport exchange, today announced Sphera Optical Networks, Inc. will be
 among the first network service providers to participate in trials of
 LayerOne's new optical interconnection platform.  LayerOne is deploying
 best-of-breed intelligent optical switches in its NEXUS Optical Distribution
 Exchanges(TM) to aggregate optical networks and actively groom circuits from
 OC-192 down to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps down to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  Sphera's
 connection of its metro network with LayerOne's next-generation optical
 interconnection solution is expected to dramatically reduce provisioning
 intervals between multiple network providers by creating high-density, optical
 network interconnection hubs in major metropolitan markets.
     "Sphera is a leader in providing metro core transport and our ability to
 deliver rapidly provisioned, high capacity bandwidth solutions to our
 customers is the cornerstone of our business.  We are continually evaluating
 new technologies and partnerships that might help us improve the delivery of
 network services to our customers," said Scott Ryan, vice president of
 strategic planning for Sphera.  "LayerOne's new optical interconnection
 platform promises to cut service intervals significantly by deploying new
 intelligent optical switches that resolve many of the bottlenecks associated
 with network interconnection."
     LayerOne Exchanges are the answer for service providers looking for
 smarter, more capital efficient ways to bridge the gap between metro and
 long-haul networks.  Currently, Exchanges are interconnecting networks
 physically.  Upon successful completion of the trial of its new optical
 interconnection platform, LayerOne will also be able to provide logical cross
 connects.
     "Sphera is an excellent trial partner because it is focused on providing
 high-capacity metro connections to carriers and service providers who want to
 extend the reach of their networks," said Patrick Guadalajara, vice president
 of technology for LayerOne.  "Our new optical interconnection platform will
 eventually enable Sphera to connect their network to any service provider who
 participates in a LayerOne Exchange and to provision and groom circuits to
 customer specs in a matter of hours."
 
     About LayerOne
     LayerOne, Inc., which derives its name from the first layer -- layer
 one -- of the Operating System Interface model, is a privately held company
 launched in January 2000 to build a network of optical transport exchanges in
 top telecom markets throughout North America.  The company's NEXUS Optical
 Distribution Exchanges(TM) are a radical departure from the existing,
 one-to-one distributive network architecture toward a centralized market
 solution that provides telecommunications service providers a fast, efficient,
 cost-effective alternative to network interconnection and transport exchange.
 LayerOne Exchanges create market concentrations of teledensity where multiple
 long-haul carriers, dark-fiber providers and metro head-end networks
 physically converge.  Each Exchange can support thousands of incoming strands
 of fiber and can connect anything from an OC192 to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps
 to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  By creating a literal nexus of optical networks and
 establishing an industry-standard method of cross connecting circuits,
 LayerOne can now accomplish in a matter of hours and at a fraction of the
 cost, what typically required months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
     About Sphera
     Sphera Optical Networks, headquartered in New York City, is a leading
 provider of high capacity networks for the metropolitan core using the latest
 DWDM technology.  Providing customers with high capacity networking
 capabilities on demand, Sphera sets a new industry standard for performance
 and efficiency by creating an environment of reduced provisioning intervals,
 expanded network reach, protocol independence, reliability and advanced
 network management capabilities.  The company's network footprint offers
 connectivity from multiple service access locations in carrier hotels,
 co-location facilities, data centers and service providers' sites in
 metropolitan areas including -- Boston, New York/Northern New Jersey, Miami,
 Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Washington, DC/Northern Virginia and Amsterdam.
 Further information may be found at www.spheranetworks.com .
 
 

SOURCE LayerOne, Inc.
    DALLAS, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a pioneer in optical
 transport exchange, today announced Sphera Optical Networks, Inc. will be
 among the first network service providers to participate in trials of
 LayerOne's new optical interconnection platform.  LayerOne is deploying
 best-of-breed intelligent optical switches in its NEXUS Optical Distribution
 Exchanges(TM) to aggregate optical networks and actively groom circuits from
 OC-192 down to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps down to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  Sphera's
 connection of its metro network with LayerOne's next-generation optical
 interconnection solution is expected to dramatically reduce provisioning
 intervals between multiple network providers by creating high-density, optical
 network interconnection hubs in major metropolitan markets.
     "Sphera is a leader in providing metro core transport and our ability to
 deliver rapidly provisioned, high capacity bandwidth solutions to our
 customers is the cornerstone of our business.  We are continually evaluating
 new technologies and partnerships that might help us improve the delivery of
 network services to our customers," said Scott Ryan, vice president of
 strategic planning for Sphera.  "LayerOne's new optical interconnection
 platform promises to cut service intervals significantly by deploying new
 intelligent optical switches that resolve many of the bottlenecks associated
 with network interconnection."
     LayerOne Exchanges are the answer for service providers looking for
 smarter, more capital efficient ways to bridge the gap between metro and
 long-haul networks.  Currently, Exchanges are interconnecting networks
 physically.  Upon successful completion of the trial of its new optical
 interconnection platform, LayerOne will also be able to provide logical cross
 connects.
     "Sphera is an excellent trial partner because it is focused on providing
 high-capacity metro connections to carriers and service providers who want to
 extend the reach of their networks," said Patrick Guadalajara, vice president
 of technology for LayerOne.  "Our new optical interconnection platform will
 eventually enable Sphera to connect their network to any service provider who
 participates in a LayerOne Exchange and to provision and groom circuits to
 customer specs in a matter of hours."
 
     About LayerOne
     LayerOne, Inc., which derives its name from the first layer -- layer
 one -- of the Operating System Interface model, is a privately held company
 launched in January 2000 to build a network of optical transport exchanges in
 top telecom markets throughout North America.  The company's NEXUS Optical
 Distribution Exchanges(TM) are a radical departure from the existing,
 one-to-one distributive network architecture toward a centralized market
 solution that provides telecommunications service providers a fast, efficient,
 cost-effective alternative to network interconnection and transport exchange.
 LayerOne Exchanges create market concentrations of teledensity where multiple
 long-haul carriers, dark-fiber providers and metro head-end networks
 physically converge.  Each Exchange can support thousands of incoming strands
 of fiber and can connect anything from an OC192 to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps
 to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  By creating a literal nexus of optical networks and
 establishing an industry-standard method of cross connecting circuits,
 LayerOne can now accomplish in a matter of hours and at a fraction of the
 cost, what typically required months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
     About Sphera
     Sphera Optical Networks, headquartered in New York City, is a leading
 provider of high capacity networks for the metropolitan core using the latest
 DWDM technology.  Providing customers with high capacity networking
 capabilities on demand, Sphera sets a new industry standard for performance
 and efficiency by creating an environment of reduced provisioning intervals,
 expanded network reach, protocol independence, reliability and advanced
 network management capabilities.  The company's network footprint offers
 connectivity from multiple service access locations in carrier hotels,
 co-location facilities, data centers and service providers' sites in
 metropolitan areas including -- Boston, New York/Northern New Jersey, Miami,
 Dallas, Los Angeles, London, Washington, DC/Northern Virginia and Amsterdam.
 Further information may be found at www.spheranetworks.com .
 
 SOURCE  LayerOne, Inc.