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Farmers Telephone Cooperative Extends Deployment of Occam's BLC 6000 System to Include Fiber Solutions (GigE and GPON).

FTC Taps Multiple Broadband Options to Deliver Advanced Video Services

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Occam Networks[R], Inc. (Nasdaq: OCNW) a leading broadband access supplier offering multiservice access platform (MSAP) solutions based on pure packet technologies, announced that Farmers Telephone Cooperative (FTC), who previously selected and deployed the Occam BLC 6000 products to build out its advanced broadband network, is now using the latest GigE and GPON FTTP options from Occam Networks to deliver IPTV to its deepest rural and highest density service areas.

"We serve an area that is enjoying significant growth. However, this presents challenges as our broadband service area is very diverse and presents complexities with reaching remote rural areas, while also servicing areas that are highly populated," said Richard Haddock, Chief Engineer for FTC. "As challenging as it is to deliver IPTV to a diverse geographic serving area, the Occam BLC 6000 MSAP overcame our deployment obstacles with a robust solution to handle all of our broadband needs."

Since FTC's deployment and installation of Occam's BLC 6000 System, FTC has successfully served over 3,500 video subscribers with MPEG4-based Triple Play services including IPTV, while upgrading the company's 450 remote cabinets using Occam retrofit kits. FTC is now adding fiber fed rural subscribers utilizing the Occam GPON technology integrated in its BLC 6000 System to access IPTV. This GPON deployment utilizes the same Ethernet based MSAP used in FTC's initial MPEG4 deployment, eliminating the need for a new system while providing greater scalability and more simplicity.

The Occam BLC 6000 System is a full-featured MSAP that offers a variety of access technology options including GPON, Ethernet FTTP, DSL, POTS, T1 and Ethernet. Serving a 3,000 square mile coverage area, FTC has taken advantage of multiple technology options (DSL, bonded DSL, GigE FTTP, GPON FTTP) available in the single, converged Occam BLC 6000 MSAP to deliver IPTV to its subscribers.

Bonded DSL, Gigabit Ethernet and GPON FTTP technologies are being used to reach the deepest and sparsely populated rural areas in FTC's footprint such as Turbeville, Lynchburg, Bishopville, and Greeleyville. To scale and reach densely populated service areas such as Sumter, Kingstree, Lake City, Pocalla, DSL and Gigabit Ethernet FTTP technologies are used.

"FTC's work exemplifies how easy it is for an operator using the Occam solution to deploy a variety of technologies from one platform and one OS thus overcoming the territorial challenges inherent in communities with various population densities." said Juan Vela, Director of Solutions Marketing and Strategy for Occam Networks. "Occam's BLC 6000 MSAP offers value-added software and high performance hardware for service providers eager to take advantage of a full suite of last mile technology options."

About FTC

Founded in 1952, Farmers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. is a local, multifaceted telecommunications company headquartered in Kingstree, S.C. Serving more than 60,000 customers within a coverage area of 3,000 miles, FTC provides cutting-edge technology to businesses and residents in Williamsburg, Lee, Sumter, Clarendon and Florence counties in South Carolina. A veteran in the telephone industry, FTC is the second largest telephone cooperative in the United States. FTC has evolved into a state-of-the-art organization offering local, long-distance, security systems and monitoring, video, digital wireless and high-speed Internet services. Customers can choose from a wide array of products and services at any of the company's seven conveniently located full-service business offices.

About Occam Networks, Inc.

Occam Networks' broadband access solutions empower service providers to offer profitable new voice, data and video services over copper and fiber. Occam systems deliver flexibility and scalability in a Triple Play world. Over 2.6 million BLC 6000 ports are currently deployed at over 340 service providers worldwide. For more information, please visit

Occam Networks and Occam BLC 6000 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Occam Networks, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Cautionary Note About Forward-Looking Statements

Portions of this press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future performance of Occam Networks, including statements predicting increased adoption of products and technologies offered by Occam and the willingness and ability of our customers to purchase additional Occam products and upgrade their product offerings. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from any future performance suggested in such statements. In particular, rapidly changing technologies and market conditions may require changes to Occam's products, and the willingness of our customers to purchase upgraded products such as Triple Play will depend in part on customers' existing network configurations and any incremental costs associated with implementing upgrades. Occam does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Please also refer to the company's most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q, annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC. These filings contain and identify other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.
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