November 3, 2008

SureWest Communications to Deploy Allied Telesis’ Intelligent Multiservice Gateway in SureWest Sacramento Fiber-to-the-Home Networks

Allied Telesis, a global provider of secure IP/Ethernet access solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of IP Triple Play networks over copper and fiber access infrastructures, announced today that leading independent communications holding company SureWest Communications (NASDAQ: SURW) has approved the iMG626MOD for active fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in Sacramento by SureWest's operating subsidiaries there.

Allied Telesis has provided Intelligent Multiservice Gateways (iMGs) to SureWest for FTTH since 2004. After extensive testing and field trials of the iMG600 MOD SureWest has chosen this 4th generation of iMG, reflecting its continued confidence in Allied Telesis products.

"We are pleased to have our latest evolution of home gateway being deployed by SureWest. They are a recognized industry leader in FTTH deployments, and their decision to use our iMG MOD in their deployment is an affirmation that our innovations in achieving OPEX savings through the iMG MOD reflect industry needs," said Bill Allen, Vice President of Sales and Operations.

The bandwidth leader in the markets it serves, SureWest offers a cutting-edge triple-play of television, Internet and telephone through IP-based technology in Sacramento. Its FTTH network delivers the triple-play of services through a fiber pipe that distributes 100 Mbps of bandwidth to a customer's home. Products delivered over this network include crystal-clear HDTV, multi-stream HD DVR service, the fastest symmetrical Internet speed in the nation at up to 10, 20 or 50 Mbps both uploading and downloading, and a best-in-class interactive VoIP phone service with over 22 features.

"Allied Telesis' gateway reliability offers a significant OPEX benefit and savings for broadband providers. We know that once we install them into our network, we are helping to provide our customers with superior performance and enhanced reliability," said SureWest Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Bill DeMuth. "Two additional benefits of the iMG MOD that appeal to us are the integrated HPNA and its extensive remote diagnostics. In addition to decreasing install times, the iMG MOD reduces truck rolls for in home wiring issues. Both are significant factors in gaining new subscribers and maintaining long-term customer relationships."

About Allied Telesis, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Allied Telesis is a member of the Allied Telesis Group, a global provider of secure Ethernet/IP access solutions and an industry leader in the deployment of IP Triple Play networks over copper and fiber access infrastructure. Our POTS-to-10G iMAP integrated Multiservice Access Platform and iMG intelligent Multiservice Gateways, in conjunction with advanced switching and routing solutions, enable public and private network operators and service providers of all sizes to deploy scalable, carrier-grade networks for the cost-effective delivery of packet-based voice, video and data services.

About SureWest Communications

SureWest Communications ( is one of the nation's leading integrated communications providers and is the bandwidth leader in the markets it serves. Headquartered in Northern California for more than 90 years, the company expanded into the Kansas City region in February 2008 with the acquisition of Everest Broadband, Inc. and offers bundled residential and commercial services that include IP-based digital and high-definition television, high-speed Internet, Voice over IP, and local and long distance telephone. Its fiber-to-the-premise IP-based network in the Sacramento region features the fastest symmetrical Internet speeds in the nation at up to 50 Mbps. In its Kansas City market (, 75 percent of the company's customers subscribe to at least three services.