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MRV Launches Metro Ethernet Aggregation and Advanced Metro Ethernet Demarcation Integrated Solutions Using Ethernet First Mile OAM for Optical Ethernet Carrier

OS9000 Metro Ethernet Switch and FiberDriver 802.3AH Optical Ethernet Demarcation Expand the Flexibility and Simplicity of OPtical Ethernet E-LAN and E-Line Metro Ethernet Services

CHATSWORTH, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MRV COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (Nasdaq: MRVC), a leading provider of products and services for out-of-band networking, WDM and optical transport, Metro Ethernet, fiber optic components, 10GE Optical Ethernet solutions and other service aware networking products, today debuted a new solution for Metro Ethernet Carriers enabling flexible, yet simple, deployment of optical Ethernet services using an integrated end-to-end Ethernet access system based on the OptiSwitch 9000 Metro Ethernet switch as Ethernet Aggregation with MPLS and VPLS capabilities and the FiberDriver 802.3AH EFM Optical Ethernet as Metro Ethernet Demarcation. The innovative solutions enable Metro Ethernet Carriers to use one integrated Optical Ethernet system for truly universal broadband access, employing a single Metro Ethernet technology end-to-end, and enabling unlimited broadband applications and services for residential and business users. The MRV new Optical Ethernet Access solution has simplified the provision of new EPL, EVPL, and E-LAN Metro Ethernet services benefits of centrally provisioned systems, real-time optical performance monitoring and fiber optimization using Bi-Directional Single Fiber (BX), CWDM and DWDM technologies with Optical Ethernet integration.

The OS9000 Metro Ethernet Switch series, launched last year as the industry's first carrier-class Metro Ethernet platform to aggregate optical Ethernet connectivity, provisions enhanced MPLS and VPLS Metro Ethernet services and aggregate WDM optical transport, now additionally supports aggregation of Optical Ethernet EFM standard 802.3AH devices and auto-discovery of all 802.3AH Optical Ethernet Demarcation devices.

The new flexible Optical Ethernet Access solutions enable the OS9000 Metro Ethernet Switch to aggregate Optical Ethernet Demarcation devices using Gigabit or Fast Ethernet subscriber's connectivity per system. As a result of the flexible connectivity of the OS9000 Metro Ethernet switch, these signals can be passed on to groomed Multi-Gigabit, 10GE, and WDM feeds and act as a second-mile optical Ethernet transport vehicle to provider edge metro Ethernet platforms, offering a flexible, scalable solution.

"The OptiSwitch 9000 Metro Ethernet switch has already begun to be adopted for our customers' high-end Optical Ethernet business services because it allows them to cost-effectively deploy a variety of bandwidths to their customers and gives them an infrastructure that can support the roll out of next-generation services like VoIP and video," said Chen Genossar, Senior Vice President for MRV Communications. Mr.
Genossar continues, "Xspedius Communications is the first joint customer win under a reseller agreement between MRV and Lucent for OptiSwitch demarcation solutions."

"The use of Metro Ethernet is growing because it frees business customers from bandwidth constraints using a technology they are familiar with," said Noam Lotan, MRV's President and CEO. "We've worked hard to design the most comprehensive Optical Ethernet EFM features to empower our Metro Ethernet carrier partners to keep up with market demand for Optical Ethernet services and thereby grow their own businesses."

EFM OAM and auto-discovery management allows Metro Ethernet carriers to revolutionize the optical Ethernet access network by making universal broadband access a reality. The use of the OS9000 as Metro Ethernet Aggregation and 802.3AH Optical Ethernet Demarcation devices eliminates the need for IP addresses in each subscriber optical Ethernet CPE, as well as making the Metro Ethernet services provisioning more simple and flexible than ever using MPLS and VPLS with dynamic QoS allocation features in the Metro Ethernet Aggregation. It reduces the installation CAPEX costs, the maintenance expense (OPEX) and enables the provision of new video, voice and data Metro Ethernet services more simple and faster than ever.

MRV's OS9000 offers enhanced optical Ethernet services for triple-play voice, video and data networks. The Metro Ethernet aggregation series is used to aggregate FTTX Optical Ethernet or DSLAM devices and provision flow-based and application-aware QoS, security ACLs, bandwidth shaping, and end-to-end multilayer operation, administration & management ("OAM") features for remote service monitoring, alarm reporting and configuration intelligence.

The OS9000 can enable Metro Ethernet Forum-specified point to point E-Line and Multipoint E-LAN optical Ethernet services that provide services tunneling and bandwidth profiles per application or subscriber.

When the E-LAN and E-Line functionality is combined with the OS9000's optional WDM module, the system can carry multiple intelligent private wavelength services and offer solid service level agreements ("SLAs") across a metropolitan or long distance network.

The OS9000 Metro Ethernet series have small form factor and front facing elements, designed to be scalable and are optimized for Optical Ethernet POPs, MTU/MDU basements, street cabinets and telco central offices where minimal utilization of rack space is critical. With a "scale-as-you-grow design," the OS9000 offers cost-effective pricing and lower total cost of Optical Ethernet operation.

The OS9000 Metro Ethernet series and the FiberDriver 802.3AH Optical Ethernet Demarcation are generally available and installed in various Metro Ethernet networks worldwide.

About MRV Communications, Inc.

MRV Communications, Inc. ("MRV") is a leading provider of network equipment and services, and optical components. MRV's networking business provides equipment used by commercial customers, governments and telecommunications service providers, and includes switches, routers, physical layer products and out-of-band management products as well as specialized networking products for aerospace, defense and other applications including voice and cellular communication. MRV's optical components business provides optical communications components for metropolitan, access and Fiber-to-the-Premises applications, through its wholly owned subsidiary LuminentOIC, Inc. MRV markets and sells its products worldwide through a variety of channels, including a dedicated direct sales force, manufacturers' representatives, value-added-resellers, distributors and systems integrators. MRV also has operations in Europe that provide network system design, integration and distribution services that include products manufactured by third-party vendors, as well as internally developed and manufactured products. Publicly traded since 1992, MRV is listed on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol MRVC. For more information about MRV and its products, please call (818) 773-0900 or visit our websites at and

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