MRV Communications™, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC) ("MRV®"), a global provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, announced today that the company recently joined the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. MRV understands the unique challenges faced by rural service providers, and delivers cost effective, scalable solutions that solve those challenges.

Playing an important role by serving the needs of rural and remote communities, independent telecommunication providers help drive economic development within rural America. Within a highly competitive market, these providers are under constant pressure to provide high-quality, value-added services to both residential and business customers. They must reduce their time to market so they may differentiate themselves with rapid, new service rollouts that appeal to current customers and attract new customers. All the while, it is imperative providers strategically leverage their network infrastructure investments to ensure optimal performance and the on-going control of OPEX and CAPEX.

MRV has been delivering best-in-class packet and optical solutions for mission critical networks for over 25 years. The company's decision to join the NTCA comes after helping over 370 service providers, many in rural geographies, to meet the ever-changing needs of their customer base. MRV's solution breadth and industry expertise have enabled providers to deliver advanced services, maximize fiber efficiency, simplify network operations, accelerate service turn-ups with zero-touch provisioning, enable cost-effective network scalability, and migrate to a future-proof network.

"Joining the NTCA is indicative of our continued success serving the independent provider community," said Scott St. John, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Service for MRV Communications. "Most recently, MRV has partnered with an independent telecom provider to build a 100G packet-optical transport network to meet the needs of its metro and rural customers. Based on a modular, pay-as-you-grow platform, its 100G network allows for effortless scalability to address growth demands in the future. MRV also simplified the company's network operations by enabling the ability to easily monitor, measure and report service performance on each network segment, and display a graphical representation of service quality and SLA compliance. We look forward to assisting other telecommunication companies in similar ways with customized plans to meet their specific business needs."

"NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is so pleased to have MRV Communications as a member of the association as they work to provide rural communities throughout the U.S. with advanced broadband services," said NTCA Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Bloomfield. "Those services make a difference in education, public safety and economic development for the communities they serve. We look forward to partnering with MRV to ensure a bright broadband future for all Americans."

For more information on how MRV's end-to-end solutions enabled a rural service provider to expand their network and service offerings, visit: http://ir.mrv.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=103858&p=RssLanding&cat=news&id=2075330

NTCA-The Rural Broadband AssociationNTCA-The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA's members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.

About MRV CommunicationsMRV Communications (NASDAQ: MRVC) enables service providers and data center operators to make their networks smarter, faster and more efficient. MRV's end-to-end portfolio includes innovative packet, optical and software platforms designed for flexibility and reliability. To learn more about MRV visit  www.mrv.com and follow us on Twitter @MRVC.

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