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Saturday, March 20, 2004


Oregon: Optical Solutions provides FTTH gear for SMTA (Scio Mutual Telephone Association)

Feb. 9, 2004--FTTP market leader Optical Solutions Inc., today announced that Oregon-based SMTA has selected FiberPath 500 to begin replacing its existing copper/coax network. SMTA will offer a triple-play of voice, video and data services throughout its 100-square-mile service area, starting with an initial deployment to 200 customers. 'SMTA's board of directors made a commitment several years ago to provide video to all of our members,' said Tom Barth, general manager of SMTA. 'We needed to replace copper anyway, and we determined that filling a trench with hybrid-fiber coax was not the best investment in our future. Fiber to the home was the obvious solution.'

The FiberPath 500 system uses GPON (Gigabit passive optical network) technology.


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