October 28, 2008

US Signal Selects ADTRAN As Exclusive Vendor for Extended-Reach Carrier Ethernet Solutions

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- US Signal today announced that it has selected ADTRAN(R) as the vendor of choice for both Ethernet over Copper (EoCu) and Ethernet over TDM (EoTDM) solutions. ADTRAN's Total Access 5000 Ethernet Aggregation Platform, NetVanta 800 Series of intelligent Network Termination Units (NTUs) (NetVanta 818, 838 and 873), will be used to provide the copperbased Metro Ethernet extension for US Signal's 4,000 mile fiber-based Midwestern data network servicing customers in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

By utilizing the Metro Ethernet Forum certified ADTRAN Ethernet solution suite, US Signal will be able to ubiquitously provide end-to-end solutions supporting Metro Ethernet services to all of its customers, focusing on those not passed by fiber. Deployment of these solutions spells increased services revenues for service providers like US Signal and increased reliability and control for end-user customers. These improvements are realized through enforceable Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and carrier-class reliability through 802.3ah and 802.1ag compliance.

"ADTRAN's portfolio of Ethernet solutions was selected because these products outperformed the competition, offered a broad feature set and were cost effective," said Dan Olrich, executive vice president of operations at US Signal. "ADTRAN's Ethernet solutions offer unique capabilities that allow us to reach more customers with next-generation services, and enable our customers to reap benefits in terms of both higher bandwidth and the operational benefits of a converged Ethernet network."

"We are pleased to be the Carrier Ethernet vendor of choice for US Signal," said Steven Locke, vice president, sales, service providers. "Our comprehensive and cost-effective ADTRAN Ethernet solution suite will provide US Signal with a seamless migration to Ethernet, allowing it to reduce its time to market and improve its return on investment, thus strengthening its competitive position."

About US Signal

US Signal (http://www.ussignalcom.com/) is a full-service fiber optic solutions provider, offering a wide range of telecommunications solutions to wholesale customers and channel partners. US Signal has built and developed one of the most comprehensive fiber optic networks in the Midwest. As a full-service solutions provider, US Signal offers unlimited high-speed capacity, dark fiber and co-location services, and also works with customers to design and build new network construction projects.


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment, with a portfolio of more than 1,700 solutions for use in the last mile of today's telecommunications networks. Widely deployed by carriers and enterprises alike, ADTRAN solutions enable voice, data, video, and Internet communications across copper, fiber, and wireless network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by every major U.S. service provider and many global ones, as well as by thousands of public, private and governmental organizations worldwide.

For more information, contact the company at 800 9ADTRAN (800 923-8726) or via email at [email protected]

On the Web, visit http://www.adtran.com/

US Signal

CONTACT: Chad Hohendorf, US Signal, +1-616-988-7038,[email protected]; or Tammie Dodson, ADTRAN, Inc., +1-256-963-6739,[email protected]

Web site: http://www.ussignalcom.com/http://www.adtran.com/