PowerSouth Energy Cooperative builds a better backbone with Exalt

Campbell, Calif., July 13, 2010 – Exalt Communications announced that PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, an electrical generation and transmission cooperative that provides wholesale power to 20 distribution members in Alabama and northwest Florida, has deployed Exalt microwave backhaul systems to deliver T1 and Ethernet traffic capabilities throughout its network.

A believer in microwave transmission since 1973, PowerSouth has seen an increase in applications and Ethernet traffic loads in recent years among its members.

In addition to SCADA data for utility equipment monitoring and control, the network also carries voice, corporate e-mail, file sharing and other data traffic. When its legacy T1-based systems lacked the flexibility to support Ethernet migration, as well as the capacity to support future applications and smart grid initiatives, the Cooperative turned to Exalt.

“We needed higher capacity and a solution that can deliver native Ethernet as well as native T1, and Exalt had the right systems at the right price,” said Chad Jenkins, principal engineer at PowerSouth. “Now we can, and do, use every traffic mix as location needs dictate, whether it’s all T1, all Ethernet, or a mixture of the two, and the systems have been extremely reliable despite severe weather conditions at times.”

The PowerSouth microwave network connects substations, voice repeaters, and local utility offices over hops that range up to 25 miles. The Exalt systems’ native Ethernet and native T1 capabilities are allowing the Cooperative to migrate away from Ethernet-over-T1 links to improve network performance and scalability.

“Moving networks toward the future requires the flexibility to support legacy services and new services concurrently,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “By supporting both native TDM and native Ethernet in every Exalt microwave backhaul system, we make it much easier and more cost-effective for utilities like PowerSouth to transition to smart grid-capable networks. Moreover, because Exalt systems operate in the harshest and most challenging environments and are available in multiple physical configurations, they meet the needs of any type of deployment.”

Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP- based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks.

With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines.


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