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Laurel Networks Demos IP Video Routing Solution at Supercomm; Demonstration to showcase subscriber management and high bandwidth features.

PITTSBURGH -- Laurel Networks(R), Inc. will demonstrate its new "drop-in" IP Video Routing Solution(TM) at its Supercomm booth, June 6-9, McCormick Place, Chicago. Designed for DSL access providers who want to increase average revenue per user (ARPU) by offering video services, Laurel's IP Video Routing Solution enables highly-reliable broadcast IPTV and VoD (Video on Demand) services alongside high-speed Internet and voice services. Note: Laurel recently announced its pending acquisition by ECI Telecom (NASDAQ:ECIL). Laurel will become the Data Networking Division of ECI Telecom.

Laurel's Supercomm booth demonstration will illustrate video delivery over both ATM-and Gigabit Ethernet based DSL aggregation networks. Featuring Laurel's widely deployed ST200(TM) broadband services router, the IP Video Routing demo will highlight Laurel's sophisticated subscriber management features. The demonstration will also feature the ECI Hi-FOCuS RAM (Remote Access Multiplexer), ECI B-FOCuS residential gateways, and products from Minerva Networks, and Agilent Technologies.

As the foundation for the new "drop-in" IP Video Routing Solution, Laurel's ST200 broadband services router provides the high scalability needed to reliably meet the bandwidth demands of delivering video services. Laurel has enhanced this platform with a new Ethernet-optimized network processing blade that can deliver 10 gigabits per second of wire-speed performance and a complementary high-density 10-port gigabit Ethernet physical interface card.

As DSL access networks transition from ATM to IP, Laurel's gigabit Ethernet port density will allow direct connectivity to new Ethernet-based DSLAMs as well as provide high-speed connectivity to the IP backbone. For service providers who want to consolidate their networks immediately, the B-RAS capabilities of the Laurel platform allow it to be deployed as a combined video router/Internet service platform.

The Supercomm demo will also feature the latest release of Laurel's ShadeTree(TM) system software. Included in the new ShadeTree 3.2 release is support for automated discovery, authentication, and network configuration of Ethernet home media devices such as IPTV set-top boxes. These enhanced subscriber management features are designed to simplify video delivery to the home. They also allow service providers to easily migrate Internet subscribers and other services onto a converged broadband services router.

The Ethernet-optimized network processor blade (NPB-E), 10-port Gigabit Ethernet physical interface card, and Shadetree 3.2 trials are scheduled in 2Q, with general availability scheduled for 3Q 2005.

About Laurel Networks

Laurel Networks delivers routing technology that helps service providers transition from the standard Internet-only service delivery model into full-fledged triple-play networks. Designed for enhanced network scalability, Laurel's ST-series (TM) routers allow service providers to add advanced broadband applications, like video on demand or voice over IP, without incremental cost as the subscriber base grows.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Laurel operates sales and support facilities across the US, Europe and Asia. Its routers are deployed by some of the world's largest service providers including: Level 3 Communications, KT, Dacom, and Arsys. The company also maintains strategic partnerships with CIENA, a leading global provider of innovative network solutions, and with Marconi, a global telecommunications equipment, services and solutions company. For more information, visit

Laurel Networks and Laurel are registered trademarks and ST200, ST50, ST-series, IP Video Routing Solution, ShadeTree, Laurel Provisioning System and Leading Edge Routing are trademarks of Laurel Networks, Inc. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.
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