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FTTH Installation selected for Technology Showcase Visit by the 6th Annual FTTH Asia Pacific Conference

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Mumbai, May 25, 2011

Radius Infratel, India's leading telecom infrastructure provider in the wire line domain through a converged technology platform, participated at the 6th FTTH Asia Pacific Conference at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi today. The event was hosted by the FTTH Council Asia Pacific (The Council), which is a not-for-profit entity that aims to promote the cause of Fibre Deployment around the world. The event is supported by well renowned international companies like Ericsson, Alcatel Lucent, Cisco, Radius Infratel, 3M, Corning, Huawei, Duraline, Birla Furukawa, Sumitomo, Senko et al.

As part of the conference, a visit to a "Fibre to the Home" enabled site was organized. The FTTH Asia Pacific Council selected the FTTH Installation at the Commonwealth Games Village, New Delhi for the prestigious site visit. This solution was installed by FTTH Council's Platinum Member, Radius Infratel. All the nearly 1100 Apartments of the Village have been connected on an Open Access FTTH Network called NANO (Neutral Access Network Operations) by Radius Infratel. Established in 2008, RIPL is India's fastest growing and fully integrated telecom infrastructure company with qualified IP1 license. The company's expertise in last mile connectivity right upto the customer's door through Neutral FTTx infrastructure has been rated amongst the most optimal solutions for advanced triple-play residential and business services. RIPL is the recipient of National Telecom Awards in India for two consecutive years for its innovative services.

Speaking on the occasion of the Commonwealth Games Village site visit, Mr. Ashok Bansal, Director Radius Infratel said, "Globally, the lightning speed Broadband connectivity for Voice, Video, and Data rides on the strength of FTTH - Fibre to the Home. As a pioneer in Operator Neutral Network through our exclusive technology called NANO - Neutral Access Network Operations, we are glad that many speakers at the conference spoke about the enormous connectivity opportunity in India and how last mile access is needed for the purpose of inclusive growth, which is at the priority agenda of our government."

The best of FTTH in the world was showcased during the site visit. Radius Infratel showcased its innovative and proprietary shared last mile solution called NANO (Neutral Access Network Operations). The shared last mile network installed is a neutral network, which is capable of catering to all service providers and all IP based services.

The network is service provider friendly too, as service providers maintain a direct commercial and network relationship with all their subscribers. An integrated network at the Village means that all building management and ICT services will run on one unified last mile. "At the Commonwealth Games Village, all service providers can connect to the residents through this shared network and do not need to install their own individual networks. This advanced network is pro-consumer as it gives them the choice to simultaneously access multiple services from multiple service providers - all on a single fibre and single ONT," Mr. H S Singh, Director of Radius Infratel added.

The network at the Village was installed on Ericsson's GPON platform and is being used by Airtel and MTNL to deliver triple play services. Radius Infratel is also deploying its NANO Network at various prestigious real estate developments all over India.

The two day conference and exhibition was held in line with the Council's objective to promote growth by encouraging the use of next generation telecom methodologies. The event was inaugurated by Shri Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh Hon'ble Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj. The Conference was attended by eminent national and international delegates from various telecom companies from around the world. The event also had key note messages by leading professionals, policy makers, regulators and research scholars from around the world, senior functionaries from TRAI, C-DoT etc, besides senior professionals from India's growing FTTH industry. The Conference was also addressed by worlds' renowned Open Access Guru, Benoit Felten, who spoke on the topic: "Open Access - A Global Perspective." Mr. Felten is part of Radius Infratel's Advisory Board.

In the past years, the annual conference has been hosted in the cities of Tokyo, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, and Seoul. India was chosen as the destination for this year's conference as India has one of highest rates of economic growth in the world and the expansion of the telecom infrastructure is rapidly progressing by adopting the latest technologies in 3G service and optical fiber networks.

The theme of the India Conference: "Fiber to Bridge the Socio-Economic Divide" will serve as confluence of ideas to ensure 'Inclusive Growth" by connecting every community in the country with nationwide optical fiber. The conference also covered a wide gamut of topics, including discussion on FTTH models / practices from around the world. The conference focused heavily on fiber deployment in rural areas and the various socio economic benefits arising there from.

At the Conference, a study of Rural Last Mile Fiber Deployments in Asia (Opportunities & Obstacles) was released. The study covered India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. It also covered, in lesser detail, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. The study has been commissioned by the FTTH Asia Pacific Council and was conducted by Analysys Mason.

India has an ambitious plan to take high speed broadband to the villages and a lot of work has been done in this regard. It was unanimously agreed upon that the power of connectivity will bring accelerated development to India's rural areas. In fact, many private and public sector initiatives are already underway in this regard, as is evidenced from media reports.

The speakers at the conference, from across APAC Region, shared their valuable thoughts on Technology, Architecture (Urban vs. Rural Networks), Fiber vs. Wireless, Green Technology, Public Private Participation and Emerging FTTH Business Models etc. Various Government and Regulatory officials from several countries also shared their experiences on strategies that they have adopted to give their countries the FTTx advantage.

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