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3 Rivers Communications Upgrades Access Network with Pannaway's Service Convergence Network (SCN(TM)) Solution; Leading Montana Telephone Cooperative Migrates to IP Ethernet and SIP for the Delivery of High-bandwidth Broadband Services.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Pannaway Technologies, Inc., designers and developers of next-generation, converged IP broadband systems to telecommunications companies, today announced that one of Montana's largest telephone cooperatives, 3 Rivers Communications, has selected its multi award-winning broadband access system for the delivery of new next-generation services to its rural subscribers. 3 Rivers Communications is a 53 year-old telephone cooperative located in Fairfield, MT and has 20,000 access lines across 29 exchanges.

"Our goal is to deploy an IP Ethernet network that is extremely fast, highly efficient and capable of scaling to support the emerging services that our subscribers will demand", said Darren D. Moser, General Manager at 3 Rivers Communications. "Pannaway's flexible ADSL2+ and Active Ethernet FTTH solution will help us to deliver a robust set of Triple Play features along with the necessary bandwidth capacity to ensure our future success and competitive standing."

3 Rivers Communications will use Pannaway's copper and fiber-based access solution to deliver SIP-enabled Triple Play services including Primary Line VoIP(SM) for guaranteed Lifeline calling and E 911. Broadband Aggregation Routers (BAR(TM)) will be deployed in its central office (CO) for scaleable 1 to 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport and Broadband Access Switches (BAS(TM)) will reside in remote terminals (RT) for high-performance last mile voice, video and data delivery. The ILEC will also use Pannaway's Broadband Access Manager (BAM(TM)) to simplify the deployment and provisioning of its new copper and fiber-based broadband equipment and services.

The MT-based cooperative underwent a three-month evaluation process and selected Pannaway over numerous other leading manufacturers. Moser added, "We plan to offer digital IP TV and one of our primary reasons for selecting the Pannaway solution was its patent-pending Primary Line VoIP technology which is proven to eliminate video corruption, commonly caused by Ring Trip in a converged ADSL2+ voice, data and IP TV environment."

"Our use of IP-Ethernet and SIP allows us to deliver superior video quality along with significantly enhanced rate/reach benefits to our telco partners", said Kevin Brown, Vice President of Marketing for Pannaway. "This high level of network performance coupled with 10Gbps transport scalability ensures telcos like 3 Rivers Communications that the network they're building today will have the performance and capacity to support bandwidth-intensive services as they emerge."

About 3 Rivers Communications

3 Rivers Communications, with corporate headquarters in Fairfield, MT, is a fifty-two year-old telecommunications company originally founded as a rural telephone cooperative. Still a cooperative at its core, 3 Rivers has grown and diversified over the years and now offers long distance, local dial-up Internet, DSL broadband Internet, combined wireless broadband and local phone, satellite TV, satellite broadband Internet, and competitive local telephone service in addition to traditional local telephone service.

About Pannaway Technologies

Pannaway delivers customer-proven, broadband access solutions that enable telephone companies to offer new advanced services to their rural subscribers. Based on industry-standard Internet Protocol (IP), Ethernet and session initiation protocol (SIP) technologies, Pannaway's Service Convergence Network (SCN(TM)) architecture allows telecommunications service providers to increase revenue through the delivery converged Primary Line VoIP(SM), high-speed data and IP TV services. The privately held company is headquartered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and has been building innovative broadband access solutions and service/support programs to fit the specific needs of rural telecom providers since 2002.

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Date:Apr 17, 2006
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