Catena Networks says it has achieved a number of “major milestones” this year that have further strengthened its position as a profitable provider of end-to-end access network solutions.

According to the company, three Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), major Independent Operating Companies (IOCs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) have now deployed more than 4,000 of Catena’s integrated broadband access solutions, including the CNX-5 Broadband DSL System and the CN1000 Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC).

This customer traction has helped the company achieve profitability and sustain quarter-over-quarter revenue growth for the past nine quarters, it says.

“We grew the business exponentially this year,” said Catena President & CEO Jim Hjartarson. “Catena established solid traction among the RBOCs and major IOCs and delivered solutions that enable our customers to profitably deliver voice, data and video services over any mix of copper and fiber access technologies.”

In addition to seeing its systems deployed in volume, and recording record revenues, Catena says it also achieved several other major milestones in 2003. The company introduced its CN1000FX suite of Fiber-to-the-X solutions, which enable carriers to drive fiber deeper into their networks and offer new broadband services such as video.

Catena, based in RTP, also partnered with video hardware, middleware and software providers to deliver end-to-end Triple Play solutions. These solutions were based on Catena’s CN1000 Broadband Loop Carrier.

The CN1000 BLC is fully interoperable with a list of video partner equipment, including video headend equipment from Optibase, Tandberg and VideoTele.com, a division of Tut Systems; video-on-demand equipment from Entone and Kasenna; video middleware and software from Myrio; and video set-top boxes from Amino Communications, Entone, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, i3 micro technology, Kreatel, Pace and Thomson.

Also this year, Catena says it enabled IOCs such as Pineville Telephone Company and FCI Broadband, a division of Futureway Communications, to deploy broadband services in neighborhoods.

Catena Networks: www.catena.com