RWANDA STARTS FIBRE CABLING IN KIGALI WITH TERRACOM

Telecoms

Alloptic Inc., a pioneer in the development and deployment of Ethernet passive optical networks (ePONs) announced that Terracom has begun a nation wide rollout in the central African country of Rwanda. Terracom's initial deployment of the Alloptic fiber access network will be in the capital city of Kigali with initial emphasis placed on providing fiber connectivity to schools, government offices and foreign embassies.

"We are pleased to be working with the Rwandan government and President Paul Kagame to provide Rwanda with a world class communications infrastructure" said Greg Wylar, American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and driving force behind Terracom. "With one of the most stable governments in Africa, Rwanda has lacked a communications infrastructure. This massive fiber optic build-out is making Rwandan communications comparable to the infrastructures deployed in the United States and far ahead of any other country in the region. Call centers and businesses are looking to relocate in Rwanda because the communications systems are by far the best in the region." Terracom is a wholly operated and managed by Rwandese .

Alloptic's Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network (ePON) technology has been deployed worldwide. Alloptic provides the greatest bandwidth available in the market today, as the only access vendor to offer an Ethernet-based gigabit of bandwidth. Alloptic's environmentally hardened design and passive architecture make the Alloptic access solution ideal for all environments. "After reviewing numerous technology options, Alloptic was the only provider that offered a true future-proof network architecture, based on the widely understood Ethernet standard, and was robust enough to handle our environment which requires low power consumption at the endpoints and no powering in the middle like. The technology and management system has far exceeded our expectation; the equipment has worked flawlessly; and the customer support we have received from Alloptic has been excellent," states Mr. Wylar.

"We are very proud of our relationship with Terracom," said Mike Serrano, Director of Product Marketing at Alloptic. "Like all companies, Terracom, is faced with the challenge of managing capital and operating costs while building a future-proof network. Alloptic's Ethernet-based, passive optical network is allowing them to provide a state-of-the-art access network, and as domestic municipalities have learned, a communications access network has the potential to drive economic development and private investment."