Tuesday, 01. September 2009 10:00
ADVA FSP 150 delivers intelligent Ethernet services and
increased network management to customers throughout the U.K.

York, U.K. and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. September 1, 2009. ADVA
Optical Networking today announced that BT's UK-based access network
arm, Openreach, is deploying the ADVA FSP 150, featuring Etherjack®
technology, throughout its national Ethernet Access Direct (EAD)
services. Using a range of intelligent Ethernet services, Openreach's
customers will now be able to perform last-mile test and diagnostics
with unparalleled flexibility, control and management. The deployment
will provide Openreach's customers with a greater understanding of
their Openreach-supplied network infrastructure and performance than
ever before.

"The ADVA FSP 150 will play a key role in the success of Openreach's
EAD services," stated Bill Jones, general manager, Connectivity
Services Product Management at Openreach. "ADVA Optical Networking
has a proven track record of helping us to meet our customer and
regulatory demands, delivering innovative and effective network
solutions that answer real industry needs. The ADVA FSP 150 provides
our customers with previously unattainable levels of network
intelligence and management."

Designed to supersede Openreach's current Ethernet offerings, EAD
will deliver point-to-point fixed symmetrical Ethernet bandwidth
services ranging from 10Mbit/s to 1,000Mbit/s. Stretching across
distances of 35km radial and up to a maximum of 66km route fiber,
these new cost-effective services will form the foundation of
Openreach's next-generation service roll out and will complement
Openreach's Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD) and Bulk Transport Link
(BTL) products.

The ADVA FSP 150 provides Openreach and its customers with
intelligent Ethernet demarcation, stringent monitoring of data across
the last mile, verification of strict Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
and advanced remote Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).
Offering such levels of service intelligence will empower Openreach's
customers to proactively monitor their services and independently
diagnose and rectify any problems that may arise.

"Openreach is continually striving to provide its customers with the
most competitive and intelligent services available," commented Reg
Armitage, ADVA Optical Networking's senior vice president sales.
"With the launch of the EAD services, Openreach has taken its
Ethernet offerings to a new level, providing not only more agile
provisioning for customers, but also far greater testing and
diagnostics functionality."

ADVA Optical Networking is currently the only vendor to provide
Ethernet access devices into Openreach's EAD services. The ADVA FSP
150 was tested and approved by BT Design and has recently undergone a
successful Technology Introduction within BT's network. BT Design
will continue to work closely with ADVA Optical Networking to ensure
continued integration and quality control.

The ADVA FSP 150 is compliant with all standard Institute of
Electronics and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) specifications,
including the latest 802.3ah (Ethernet in the First Mile, EFM) and
802.1ag (Connectivity Fault Management, CFM) specifications. It
features compliance with the new ITU-T Y.1731 standard for advanced
Ethernet OAM, and has also been rigorously designed for Metro
Ethernet Forum (MEF) compliance.

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ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of
telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical+Ethernet
transport solutions, we build the foundation for high-speed,
next-generation networks. Our FSP product family adds scalability and
intelligence to our customers' networks while removing complexity and
cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, we forge close
partnerships with our customers to meet growing demand for data,
storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for
more than 15 years, we have become a trusted partner for more than
200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more
information, please visit us at

Openreach is responsible for the nationwide local BT network which
connects homes and businesses across Britain to communications
providers' networks. Openreach provides communications providers
with services and products associated with that network.

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications
solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal
activities include the provision of networked IT services globally;
local, national and international telecommunications services to our
customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and
internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products
and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT
Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.

In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group's revenue was £21,390

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of
BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of
the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London
and New York. For more information, visit

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Wolfgang Guessgen
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