June 18, 2008

Tellabs Enables Deltacom Network Optimization

LAS VEGAS, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NXTcomm08 -- The efficiency of interworking hit a sweet spot with Deltacom a year ago. The US-based telecom company serves enterprises, small businesses and wholesalers in the southeastern United States. Interworking enables Deltacom to continue providing the IP-based services that enable its customers' advanced applications, while optimizing past investment in traditional networking elements.

Deltacom visited Tellabs at NXTcomm07 with an interest in Multilink Point-to-Point Protocol, or MLPPP. Now, a year later, the company is leveraging MLPPP success to the fullest with a deployed Tellabs solution. MLPPP is for service providers who aim to offer IP-based services over traditional networks. It enables providers to connect traditional architectures and leverage IP-based transport to optimize networking efficiency.

Sweet success with MLPPP

With MLPPP on the Tellabs(R) 8800 Multiservice Router (MSR) Series, Deltacom can maximize its current network's capabilities while growing its next-generation architecture. With Tellabs, Deltacom can:

   --  make the network easier to manage by consolidating many network       elements into one platform;   --  offer advanced services to customers by leveraging IP-based services       over existing infrastructure and Ethernet; and   --  deliver a greater variety of bandwidth offerings to smaller business       customers.    

Depending on market need, Deltacom will deploy a variety of products from the Tellabs 8800 MSR series. The company will use the Tellabs(R) 8860 Multiservice Router in larger cities and the Tellabs(R) 8830 Multiservice Router in smaller markets. Deltacom will also use the Tellabs(R) 8890 Management System to streamline management and maintenance of its new architecture.

"Before we had three network elements in our central office doing the work that now we can do with one," said Eric Douglas, vice president of engineering at Deltacom. "The solution enables us to provide emerging Ethernet and IP-based services to our customers while optimizing our current infrastructure."

The icing on the cake

Choosing new equipment is only one piece of the success. Deltacom knew that future-proofing its network required foresight. Tellabs(R) Global Services helped with installation, testing, maintenance, and an on-site Tellabs engineer helped Deltacom address compliance requirements using the Tellabs equipment.

"Deltacom plans to use extensive functionality in the Tellabs 8800 MSR series, so its engineers must know the ins and outs of the new equipment," said Dan Kelly, executive vice president for global products for Tellabs. "With support from Tellabs Global Services, Deltacom can deploy new equipment quickly and effectively to bring advanced services to its customers."

About Tellabs

Tellabs advances telecommunications networks to meet the evolving needs of users. Solutions from Tellabs enable service providers to deliver high-quality voice, video and data services over wireline and wireless networks around the world. Tellabs is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300(TM) Patent Index and the S&P 500. http://www.tellabs.com/

About ITC^Deltacom.Inc

ITC^DeltaCom, Inc., headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, provides, through its operating subsidiaries, integrated telecommunications and technology services to businesses and consumers in the southeastern United States. ITC^DeltaCom has a fiber optic network spanning approximately 15,800 route miles, including more than 11,800 route miles of owned fiber, and offers a comprehensive suite of voice and data communications services, including local, long distance, broadband data communications, Internet connectivity, and customer premise equipment to end-user customers. ITC^DeltaCom is one of the largest competitive telecommunications providers in its primary eight-state region. For more information about ITC^DeltaCom, visit ITC^DeltaCom's web site at http://www.deltacom.com/.

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CONTACT: media, Ariana Nikitas of Tellabs, +1-630-798-2532,[email protected]; or Chris Parente, +1-240-485-1082,[email protected], for Tellabs; or investors, Tom Scottino ofTellabs, +1-630-798-3602, [email protected]

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