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MICOS Extends its Optical Switches Portfolio with FiberZone Networks

MICOS, spol. s r.o. - TELCOM Division, a leading Czech manufacturer of passive elements for optical and copper telecommunication and information networks, data cabinets, EMC products and special-purpose equipment under the UNIVERSAL COLONNADE trade name, has begun offering optical switches made by FiberZone Networks Inc.

Prostejov - September 15, 2009 In mid-August MICOS, spol. s r.o. and FiberZone Networks Inc. concluded an agreement in which MICOS will be delivering FiberZone optical switches to customers in the European Union countries.

FiberZone Automated Fiber Management (AFM) products are based on the LOC (Latched Optical Coupling) technology, the first to deliver remote control and automation to the fiber infrastructure while maintaining the attributes and reliability of a manual patch panel.

AFM are used for automatic administration and management of the optical fiber physical infrastructure in commercial telecommunication and data networks and mission-critical security and defense platforms.

AFM-360 provides non-blocking, physical-layer interconnection of 180x180 optical ports. The LOC-based AFM-360 is characterized by a very low optical attenuation, guarantees connection reliability without any dependence on active components, and is entirely transparent to communication protocols, wavelengths, transmission speeds and different optical fiber types.

The AFM technology is flexible and scalable for use in large-capacity systems of symmetric and asymmetric architectures.

FiberZone optical switches allow users to:

- Control and reconfigure optical connections and services rapidly, remotely, and automatically, thereby reducing high cost labor and enabling network operators to respond quickly to changes in demand.

- Generate new revenue streams through on-demand and time-of-day provisioning.

- Provision new customers in seconds, enabling immediate revenue generation.

- Perform remote management, maintenance and troubleshooting, thereby ensuring fewer network outages, minimizing truck rolls and increasing quality of service.

- Document all operations and identify fiber ports automatically, thereby minimizing human error.

- Minimize network downtime and reduce service level agreement (SLA) penalties

- Control and reconfigure optical connections and services rapidly, remotely, and automatically, thereby reducing high cost labor and enabling network operators to respond quickly to changes in demand.

- Generate new revenue streams through on-demand and time-of-day provisioning.

- Provision new customers in seconds, enabling immediate revenue generation.

- Perform remote management, maintenance and troubleshooting, thereby ensuring fewer network outages, minimizing truck rolls and increasing quality of service.

- Document all operations and identify fiber ports automatically, thereby minimizing human error.

- Minimize network downtime and reduce service level agreement (SLA) penalties

"Thanks to automated and remote management of the optical network, the FiberZone products considerably speed up the return on investment in the construction of optical networks and their subsequent operation, thus enabling the operators to reduce the cost of network configuration changes, troubleshooting and servicing interventions requiring, up to now, the presence of an engineer or expert staff", stated Ing. Leos( Kalandra, TELCOM Division Director of MICOS.

"If you consider how substantial is the share of the optical network administration and operational costs in the total costs for the erection of such a network, taking into account the ever falling price of products for remote administration of optical networks, such as FiberZone, I believe that precisely these technologies are a way for cost optimisation in the operation of optical networks and for the maximization of profit", added Mr Kalandra.

"We are honored to have MICOS as our partner serving customers in the EU," said Avigdor Shlomovitz, VP Customer Services, FiberZone Networks. "MICOS serves major end-users and has and strong market share. There is a great fit between MICOS, FiberZone AFM, and the requirements in the EU. MICOS's decision to partner with us validates both the market potential and the suitability of our solution."

About MICOS, spol. s r. o.

MICOS is a genuine Czech company established in May 1990 as a supplier of information and telecommunication equipment and provider of software services. The company has grown rapidly to become a medium-sized business with a divisional organization structure, enforcing strict economic management. Over the years, the varied activities of the company have consolidated into the following four independent divisions:

- TELCOM Division - development and manufacture of elements for telecommunication networks

- Office System Division - sale of office supplies and telecommunication equipment

- ITS Division - design, delivery and servicing of information technology

- DANET Division - delivery and installation of electronic communication systems

The company's registered office is situated in the centre of Proste(jov, while its newly built Technological Centre ICT MICOS is located in Proste(jov' s industrial zone. The company has additional offices in Prague and Brno, employing a total of 250 individuals. MICOS is a holder of ISO 9001:2001, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 certificates. For further information, please visit www.micos.cz.

About TELCOM Division

The TELCOM Division represents the development and manufacturing part of MICOS spol. s r.o. The Division focuses on the development, manufacture and sale of solutions for telecommunications networks. Its product portfolio features a complex line of distributors for metallic and optical telecommunication networks. Apart from switchboards, the Division specializes in the development and manufacture of indoor and outdoor data cabinets. The Division also offers a complex assortment of EMC services - from consulting to technical implementation. Its own development centre enables the TELCOM Division to tailor standard products to specific customer needs and to develop new custom-made solutions. Due to an innovative solution-oriented approach, the TELCOM Division products have found use in many telecommunications networks, including those outside the Czech Republic. For further information, please visit www.micos.cz/telcom

About FiberZone

FiberZone Networks delivers remote fiber connectivity solutions to datacenters and networks with its Automatic Fiber Management (AFM) product line, delivering reliability, flexibility, fault tolerance and management to the fiber infrastructure. FiberZone's AFM significantly increases network reliability and availability, reduces operating costs, minimizes network faults and human errors, and prevents revenue losses & SLA (Service Level Agreement) penalties. FiberZone's AFM product line utilizes patent-pending Latched Optical Coupling (LOCTM) technology that delivers reliable passive connectivity in a remotely-managed automated fiber management system. FiberZone's AFM product line has been deployed by leading datacenter and network operators in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

Contacts

MICOS, spol. s r.o.
Name: Ing. Leos Kalandra
Title: Director of Telcom Division
Email: leos.kalandra@micos.cz


FiberZone Networks
Name: Jim Lang
Title: Vice President, Sales
Phone: +1-989-883-9262
Email: jiml@fiberzone-networks.com