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Occam Networks Provides Telcos with Improved Aggregation Capabilities through Introduction of New BLC 6450 Blade.

10GbE Aggregation Blade, the BLC 6450 Combines Increased Bandwidth with Operational Simplicity

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Occam Networks[R] Inc. (NASDAQ:OCNW), a leading supplier of innovative Ethernet and IP-based loop carrier equipment to telecommunications companies, introduced today its new Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) 6450. The BLC 6450 is the telco access equipment market's first 10GbE access aggregation blade, offering scalability and ease of deployment.

Occam will showcase the new BLC 6450 blade at NXTcomm[TM]2007 (Booth 3351), June 18-21, in Chicago.

The BLC 6450 is currently in field trials and is expected to ship in June 2007. It is designed for two applications:

* Inter-central office or Access aggregation -- integrating IPTV, multi-service (for example POTS, VOIP, Internet, T1) and mobile backhaul networks

* Business access and aggregation - including 10/100/1000 Active Fiber Ethernet, transparent LAN service and EPL or EVPL services as defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

The BLC 6450 increases capacity of Ethernet protected access networks by supporting 10 Gigabit optical aggregation rings and subtended subscriber access rings as well as business Ethernet services. When configured in topologies using the Occam patented EPS technology, the BLC 6450 delivers redundancy and reliability comparable to traditional SONET rings with similar bandwidth of an OC-192 at a lower cost.

"Occam understands that as bandwidth demand continues to spiral upward for both businesses and residences, telcos need to rethink their aggregation strategy," said Teresa Mastrangelo, principal analyst with Broadband Trends. "The new BLC 6450 gives telcos a wide range of options for both inter-CO or remote cabinet aggregation as well as business Ethernet access. It enables telcos to get ahead of the bandwidth curve."

The 6450 product can deliver Ethernet services for geographically dispersed businesses. Service providers may offer Transparent LAN Services to corporations, universities and private enterprises using a low cost, scalable solution supporting Ethernet Private Line (EPL) or Ethernet Virtual Private LAN (EVPL), point-to-point or multipoint-to-multipoint, applications across the BLC network. Business Ethernet services may be delivered with up to 1000 protected VLANs available for Transparent LAN Services.

Business Ethernet interfaces enable service providers to transform private lines and virtual private lines from commodity services to fully managed data services based on Carrier Ethernet, providing exceptional value to enterprise customers. The 6450 managed service capabilities create additional revenue opportunities for telcos as enterprises continue to increase their demands for interconnectivity, as well as higher speed connections to the internet.

"Telcos face intense pressure to upgrade their network bandwidth with a flexible aggregation strategy, and a key driver of this is mobile backhaul," said Erik M. Keith, senior analyst for broadband infrastructure at Current Analysis. "The explosion of music, images, video and social networking content available for both uploading and downloading from mobile devices will strain a telco's ability to ensure high quality backhaul. Occam's new BLC 6450 provides telcos with the necessary bandwidth as well as the flexibility to meet bandwidth needs arising from IPTV and other sources."

"Rapidly increasing bandwidth demands that range from IPTV on landline networks to mobile backhaul of video clips and social networking content are challenging telcos like never before," said Russ Sharer, vice president of marketing for Occam. "As telcos rethink their aggregation strategy, which now must include consideration of FTTH, IPTV, SOHO, xDSL and other access technologies, the 6450 combines flexibility with operational simplicity."

The solution provides a rich set of features for service classification, policing and shaping for ingress and egress traffic flows complete with Occam's IP Security Management framework available on a per service basis with support for IGMP, DHCP Relay, Proxy ARP, MAC forced forwarding, Denial of Service protection and other mechanisms.

About Occam Networks Inc.

Occam Networks' broadband loop carrier (BLC) solutions enable telecommunications and other service providers to offer innovative voice, broadband, IPTV and full triple play services over copper or fiber. Occam solutions give telco service providers the flexibility and scalability to continuously expand their offerings, with simplicity of service deployment. Occam's BLC products and services are currently deployed at over 225 service providers in North America. For more information, please visit

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 commercial shipments of the BLC 6450 Blade in June 2007 and statements concerning market acceptance and adoption of products and technologies offered by Occam and the willingness and ability of our customers to purchase Occam products and upgrades, including the BLC 6450 Blade. 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 Occam products, including the BLC 6450 Blade, will depend in part on customers' existing network configurations and any incremental costs associated with purchasing and implementing Occam products and 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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