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December 8, 2009
City of Martinsville Uses Positron AEX-50 Pseudowire to Deliver Voice Services and T1s over Ethernet

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA, December 8, 2009 – Positron Access Solutions Inc. announced today that the City of Martinsville, Virginia, is using their AEX-50 Pseudowire product to combine data and voice traffic on a converged all IP network.

The City of Martinsville operates its own telecommunications network. It provides data and voice services to city locations as well as local businesses. Over the past several years, the City has been migrating from a SONET/TDM network to a more cost-effective Ethernet/IP network. At present, the City has Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) running between many of their main city sites such as the city hall, fire station, police station, schools and libraries. The City has moved to VoIP while maintaining a SONET ring serving TDM.

The City of Martinsville chose the AEX-50 to converge multiple services for their business customers onto a GigE (or IP) fiber backbone, thus optimizing their use of their fiber facilities.

“As we built our Ethernet/IP network, we needed to be able to continue offering T1s to our customer base,” explains Mike Scaffidi, Telecommunications Manager for City of Martinsville. “T1s didn’t justify extending the SONET ring, therefore, to solve our problem we selected the Positron AEX-50 Pseudowire product to deliver T1s and to backhaul the traffic over Ethernet to a central office location.” Scaffidi adds, “Positron’s AEX-50 allowed us to cost effectively optimize the use of our fiber facilities and deliver converged services to our customer base.”

The scenario at the City of Martinsville is fairly common given that service providers are seeking efficiency and cost-effective ways of delivering bandwidth; therefore they are migrating to Ethernet. However, as networks migrate to Ethernet, providers still need to deliver legacy TDM services. The Positron AEX-50 and AEX-100 products can service a variety of interfaces delivering TDM over an Ethernet infrastructure including T1s, DS3, and OC-x. With the use of Positron AEX products, a service provider can migrate to Ethernet while offering a full suite of legacy TDM services.

“Positron’s AEX-50 uses MEF-compliant Pseudowire technology to effectively converge voice/TDM traffic and Ethernet traffic over fiber-based GigE fiber networks,” explains Hossam Salib, VP, Product Management and Marketing for Positron Access. “The AEX-50 incorporates extensive traffic management and control features to effectively manage traffic at the edge of an all IP network, and is compliant with Y.1731 and Service OAM standards.”

About City of Martinsville
Nestled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the City of Martinsville - a model community that people love to call home. The charm of the city flows from the friendly citizens that take pride in their community that is progressive and whose character is defined by strength, resolve, and determination. Martinsville is adorned with a Southern style designed through conscientious efforts to preserve the past, provide for the present and plan for the future.

About Positron Access Solutions
Founded in 1970, Positron Inc, a member of the Metro Ethernet Forum, develops and manufactures copper and fiber optic transmission equipment for access, metro and core transport networks. Positron is the developer of the OSIRIS products sold world-wide. Its portfolio also includes Pseudowire and Ethernet over PDH terminals and aggregators offering an extensive solution set for access, backhaul and aggregation of business, wireless and triple-play services. The Aktino product line delivers Carrier Ethernet solutions of up to 100Mbps and DS3 TDM and ATM solution over copper making them ideal for applications by providing Ethernet services for Business, DSLAM backhaul and mobile backhaul applications. With offices in Irvine, CA and Montreal, QC, Positron's global footprint extends from the United States and Canada through Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia and the South Pacific.

For more information, please contact:
Mireille Alvo
Marketing Specialist
Tel: (514) 345-2220 x2906
Email:
malvo@positronaccess.com

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