September 11, 2006 at 08:00 AM EDT
Siemens Communications Debuts New Highly Automated, Low-Cost Optical Transport Platform for Regional and Long-Haul Applications

Siemens Communications, Inc. today announced the U.S. introduction of its SURPASS(R) hiT 7300 optical transport platform, a highly automated yet low-cost transport solution for regional and long-haul applications. The debut comes soon after market research firm Infonetics announced that Siemens holds a commanding No. 1 global position in the Long-Haul Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) market, with a 35 percent year-to-date revenue share and #1 market leadership in 2005.

Thanks to an intelligent automation strategy, the new Siemens SURPASS hiT 7300 platform combines the simplicity of metro systems with the performance of long-haul systems. This intelligent automation strategy minimizes complexity and therefore reduces procedural errors and simplifies network turn-up, operation and maintenance -- with savings of more than 60 percent, based on actual monitoring of build service costs to date.

With the SURPASS hiT 7300 DWDM transport platform, Siemens has realized a clear objective: to reduce the necessity for onsite work to an absolute minimum and to automate system setup to a major extent. Anything else that is required in terms of configuration, monitoring, or software updating is carried out from a central location.

"Siemens has enhanced its competitiveness with the SURPASS hiT 7300, addressing service operator requirements for scalability, flexibility in service interfaces, and reduced operating expenses for service provisioning," said Dave Dunphy, research director of Network Infrastructure at Ovum-RHK. "The hiT 7300 also offers service providers a migration path to automatically switched optical networks, giving them a means to increase network reliability and address the increasingly dynamic service needs of end customers."

What's more, its low cost makes these benefits available to many network operators who may not have previously considered Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) solutions before. "The SURPASS hiT 7300 is an extremely flexible, cost-efficient way for network service providers, small and large, to deploy DWDM in their networks," said Harald Braun, president, Networks Division, Siemens Communications, Inc. "Its proven features and automation capabilities can help make networks increasingly transparent, with service provisioning in minutes instead of months, and total cost-of-ownership reduced by as much as one order of magnitude. That payback alone really makes a compelling business case."

SURPASS hiT 7300 offers all of the key ingredients of flexible and dynamic optical networking including OADM, ROADM and photonic cross connect (PXC) options. Ethernet, SONET/SDH, SAN or OTH service interfaces are available to be remotely provisioned via software commands enabling best-in-class speed to enable a new service.

The SURPASS hiT 7300 platform's wide range of throughput capacity from 2.5 gigabit to 3.2 terabit per second and topology flexibility from point-to-point to rings to meshed networks offers service providers tremendous flexibility. Deployments can range from passive, unamplified 8-channel Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing (CWDM) for smaller metro access applications, all the way up to active, amplified 80-channel DWDM applications for long-haul and ultra-long-haul. Configuration flexibility enables operators the opportunity to have a single product meeting a wide variety of application demands. This can help service providers, cable companies, regional and rural telecommunications companies and new market entrants, like Internet and application service providers, capitalize on the SURPASS hiT 7300 platform's many service and cost-saving features.

This new Siemens optical platform builds on the U.S. and global market leadership in DWDM optical transport that Siemens has established with tier-one service providers via its complementary SURPASS hiT 7500 optical transport platform. It continues the latter's industry-leading density and automation, which helps minimize real estate, power and spare-part needs, while centralizing administration and reducing training and other operational costs.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens' worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States: www.usa.siemens.com

About Siemens Communications, Inc.

Siemens Communications, Inc. offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company's portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Siemens Communications, Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. For more information, visit www.usa.siemens.com/communications

Note: Siemens, hiT and Surpass are registered trademarks of Siemens AG or its subsidiaries and affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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