Colba.Net selects Zhone Technologies’ MXK Platform for ADSL2+ and Ethernet

Colba.Net Inc., Quebec Internet service provider Colba.Net Telecom Inc.’s subsidiary, has deployed the MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system from Zhone Technologies Inc., a provider of FTTx network access solutions, to enable Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL2+) and Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) services for local residences and businesses.

Colba.Net Inc., Quebec Internet service provider Colba.Net Telecom Inc.’s subsidiary, has deployed the MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system from Zhone Technologies Inc., a provider of FTTxnetwork access tools, to enable Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL2+) and Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) services for local residences and businesses.

Colba.Net offers VoIP and high-speed ADSL2+ Internet access services with up to 24 Mbps connectivity to its approximately 400,000 customers in Montreal. By using Zhone’s MXK access concentrator, Colba.Net has been able to increase bandwidth and reach, lower service delivery cost, and provide advanced services to its customers, says a representative.

“We are experiencing a change in our customer behavior and rapid growth on our network in Quebec and we needed a broadband solution that provided us with a scalable and reliable platform for future growth of our advanced communications services,” says Joseph Bassili, chief executive officer, Colba.Net. “We recognize the solid relationships Zhone has established with service providers globally and its ability to scale cost-effectively with a proven multi-service access solution was a key factor in our decision to partner with them.”

Zhone’s MXK platform provides seamless support for extreme bandwidth demands generated by multiple high-definition television (HDTV) screens, high-definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR) content, and video streaming within the home. The MXK is equipped to address Colba.Net’s field requirements to provide optimum cost efficiency and maximum service differentiation, as well as minimize customer impact and installation time for current services and new advanced services that may be added, according to a representative.

“Colba.Net needed a scalable solution for their network. The MXK system provides the cost efficiency needed to deliver advanced triple-play services to Colba.Net’s customers in a highly competitive price range. Plus, given MXK’s market-leading, multi-service capability, Colba.Net can seamlessly upgrade to fiber when the need arises,” says Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone.

Zhone’s multi-service access platform supports multiple services on the same platform--including ADSL2+, VDSL2, GPON, Active Ethernet, and EFM--and provides service providers like Colba.Net with a tremendous return on investment, given the utilization of existing copper infrastructure, simplicity in installation and provisioning, high reliability with minimal downtime, ease of management, and significant cost savings. Featuring industry-leading density, scalability, and switching capacity, the MXK is the industry's first terabit access concentrator and provides non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers.

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