Zhone expands FiberHome broadband access portfolio

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has added two new products to its FiberHome portfolio of broadband access network equipment. Available immediately, the MXP-160/260 and MXP-180/280 1U SLMS platforms enhance operators' connectivity options by integrating VDSL2, Active Ethernet, and VoIP capabilities.

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has added two new products to its FiberHome portfolio of broadband access network equipment. Available immediately, the MXP-160/260 and MXP-180/280 1U SLMS platforms enhance operators' connectivity options by integrating VDSL2, Active Ethernet, and VoIP capabilities.

"Upgrading of last mile networks with end-to-end fiber continues at a robust pace," said Brian Caskey, Zhone's chief marketing officer. "In many cases, new fiber or last-mile fiber can become costly and the ability to use deployed copper to provide advanced multi-play services becomes essential. With advancements in copper, VDSL2 has become an optimum alternative for high-bandwidth connectivity."

Zhone's high-speed copper-to-the-premises (CTTP) offering is based on VDSL2 and enables up to 100-Mbps symmetrical connectivity in areas where fiber is cost prohibitive. Zhone offers an end-to-end product set, including VDSL2 CPE and central office products for multi-dwelling units, remote terminals, and central office deployments. In the cases where fiber can be extended cost-effectively, Zhone FiberHome will provide Active Ethernet connectivity.

The MXP-160/260 offers 24 VDSL2 and 24 POTS (VoIP) ports to support triple-play delivery; and up to four Fast/Gigabit Ethernet (MXP-160) or up to three Fast/Gigabit Ethernet and one GPON (MXP-260 only) uplink interfaces.

The MXP-180/280 offers 24 SFP-based Active Ethernet (Fast Ethernet) and 24 POTS (VoIP) ports, to support triple-play delivery; and up to four Fast/Gigabit Ethernet (MXP-180) or up to three Fast/Gigabit Ethernet and one GPON (MXP-280 only) uplink interfaces.

The MXP-160/260 and MXP-180/280 also include complete ZMS integration, allowing carriers to reduce service turn-up intervals, reduce truck rolls, and ultimately, improve customer service.

Zhone will showcase the new MXP-160/260 and MXP-180/280 1U SLMS platforms in its booth (#109) at TelcoTV 2011 in New Orleans, 25-27 Oct.

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