MRV Communications, Inc. (OTC Pink Sheets: MRVC) (“MRV” or the “Company”), a leading provider of optical communications network infrastructure equipment and integration and managed services, today announced that the Company’s Optical Communications Systems (OCS) division participated in interoperability testing with the new CableLabs® specifications for DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE™). DPoE 1.0 specifications were announced at the Cable-Tec Expo in October of 2010. The first interoperability testing was concluded at CableLabs from January 24-28, 2011 and included chip and component manufacturers and equipment vendors as well as system integrators. Version 1.0 of the DPoE specifications provided the basis for the interoperability event. DPoE specifications provide requirements for Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) equipment to be provisioned using current DOCSIS provisioning systems and service concepts. The specifications also define requirements and functionality to support Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service for business customers. The CableLabs events provide vendors with an informal setting to test the ability of their products to interoperate with other devices in an end-to-end system.

During the event, MRV OCS showcased its OptiSwitch® Carrier Ethernet Access solution and worked alongside other vendors, demonstrating a high level of interoperability between eight DPoE Systems, seven DPoE ONUs, and four Ethernet Demarcation Devices. The event focused on PON-layer registration, provisioning, and operational systems support interfaces (OSSI).

“We are excited to have taken part in testing the interoperability specifications that will allow multiple system operators (MSOs) to invest in EPON equipment along with offering MEF-compliant Ethernet services. This was evidenced in the CableLabs interoperability event by our OptiSwitch® and its MEF powered OAM capabilities,” said Mr. Barry Gorsun, President of MRV’s OCS division. “Interoperability will play a critical role as service providers expand their networks and enrich their Ethernet services offerings to meet the demand for additional bandwidth capacity driven by high-bandwidth applications such as IPTV, streaming video, peer-to-peer networking, and content-rich websites continues to grow.”

About OptiSwitch®

MRV's OptiSwitch® family is an award-winning line of compact carrier Ethernet switching platforms that range from the OptiSwitch 9000 metro Ethernet aggregation products to the OS900 demarcation series. OptiSwitch products offer service providers a full suite of carrier-grade Ethernet services along with high-availability, enhanced quality of service, security, TDM circuit emulation and Ethernet operation, administration and maintenance (OAM) support. This full suite of OAM tools creates flexible service awareness and rigid SLAs. OptiSwitch products meet IEEE, ITU, IETF standards and MEF specifications, offering complete control to simplify deployment and management while maintaining full interoperability and visibility into customer and provider networks.

About MRV Communications, Inc.

MRV Communications, Inc. is a leading global provider of carrier Ethernet, WDM optical transport, infrastructure management equipment and solutions, as well as network integration and managed services. MRV’s solutions enable the delivery and provisioning of next-generation optical transport and carrier Ethernet services over any fiber infrastructure. MRV provides equipment and services worldwide to telecommunications service providers, enterprises, and governments, enabling network evolution and increasing efficiency, while reducing complexity and costs. Through its subsidiaries, MRV operates R&D centers in North America and Europe, along with support centers and sales offices around the world. For more information about MRV, visit

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