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Douglas Fast Network Uses Aperto Networks for Transparent Ethernet over Wireless

Data-savvy utility/carrier selects Aperto Networks for advanced traffic engineering, reliability and narrow channelization  

Milpitas, Calif., and Roseburg, Oregon, (September 20, 2004) – Douglas Fast Net Network (DFN) of Oregon, a utility that has built carrier-class fiber and wireless networks throughout the mountainous terrain of Douglas County, Oregon, has standardized on Aperto Networks’ PacketWave® 5 GHz point-to-multipoint systems for its business-grade wireless service delivery. DFN already serves approximately 500 active accounts over its IP network, and plans to continue robust growth along the Oregon Douglas County I-5 corridor. The carrier provides wireless-based transparent LAN and Internet services to all customer locations more cost-effectively served with wireless than with fiber-based access methods.  

Douglas Fast Network (DFN) offers metro Ethernet connectivity to its business users over a data network characterized as a Layer 2 VLAN-based switched Ethernet topology. DFN has built substantial network expertise in order to support sophisticated applications such as teleradiology, colocation and offsite data storage, and to seamlessly integrate service delivery between its fiber-served and wireless-served sites so that customers perceive no difference between the two media.  

For example, DFN interconnects multiple community-wide medical facilities as single virtual campuses, using both fiber and wireless interchangeably for imaging, telemedicine and other data-intensive communications. The carrier prides itself on its ability to deliver these services at a level of security and reliability that meets and exceeds critical Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.  

“Broadband wireless access (BWA) is an integral part of our business model and market success,” notes DFN Chief Technology Office Jared Pickrell. “We selected Aperto Networks as the best in class BWA platform, because it has the most advanced traffic engineering capabilities of any system evaluated. Aperto’s PacketWave also ensures high spectral efficiency because of its narrow channel widths.”  

“In our topography,” he continues, “it often costs us 12 times more to deploy fiber than broadband wireless networking. Aperto provides a tremendous boost to our economics because we can deploy PacketWave at dramatically lower capital and operating expense. We can also deliver service to customers the same week that they place orders, at a performance level on par with fiber.”  

“Douglas Fast Network has created a very valuable asset for its customer base in Oregon,” emphasizes Aperto CEO Reza Ahy. “The company has built a sustainable business model and an impressive hybrid technology network that meets the needs of area businesses, government agencies and industrial sites, now and in the future. This network is very capital-efficient and rapid-deployable, which improves dramatically the service alternatives its subscribers have. We expect that other utilities in North America will be closely following the example Douglas Fast Network has set.”

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leader in 802.16-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide breakthrough solutions to the bottleneck in last-mile broadband access, and is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Its PacketWave® system is a family of base stations, subscriber units, radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployment. PacketWave’s scalability and patented technologies support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is already deployed in 50 countries, meeting service provider needs for installation ease, IP-rich network functionality, cost effectiveness, rapid provisioning and interference resilience. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.