Doylestown Telephone selects Zhone Technologies to support FTTH triple-play and ADSL deployments

Zhone Technologies Inc., a provider of FTTx network access tools, announced a new North American fiber project with Doylestown Telephone Company, a local exchange telephone service provider in Doylestown and surrounding Chippewa Township in Wayne County, Ohio.

Zhone Technologies Inc., a provider of FTTx network access tools, announced a new North American fiber project with Doylestown Telephone Company, a local exchange telephone service provider in Doylestown and surrounding Chippewa Township in Wayne County, Ohio.

The operator will deploy Zhone’s MXK multiservice access node (MSAN) to enable triple-play services for its customers using gigabit passive optical network (GPON) and asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) network technologies.

After the completion of a two-month trial in March 2011, Zhone’s MXK solution will enable Doylestown to deliver affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access, VoIP, and video services to its customers. Both Radio Frequency (RF) and Internet Protocol (IP) video over fiber work well for passive optical network (PON) or point-to-point Active Ethernet with the MXK.

“Our more than 4,000 residential and small business customers continue demanding more and more bandwidth. We knew we needed a solution to address not only current bandwidth requirements, but future upgrade needs as well,” explains Tom Brockman, president of Doylestown Telephone Company. “We chose Zhone for its superior scale, effective network management capabilities, and system flexibility to support multiple services in the same chassis. We were especially impressed with the cost savings this solution provides us–and our customers.”

To upgrade its existing network, Doylestown chose Zhone’s MXK optical line termination (OLT) card, zNID optical network terminals (ONTs), and Zhone EZ Touch Provisioning system. Support for the high-density, 8-port GPON OLT card on the MXK was critical to Doylestown.
The MXK design aligns well with Doylestown’s specific field requirements to provide optimum cost efficiency and maximum service differentiation, especially when combined with zNID GPON ONTs, says the spokesperson.

The system capabilities of Zhone’s MXK platform benefit both Doylestown and its subscribers, including utilization of up to one gigabit capacity in the home and the ability to support the 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 North American footprint of Zhone’s MXK continues to grow as a result of significant new projects we’ve recently announced with Myakka Communications, Rochester Telephone, and others,” says Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone.

The ZMS provides management support for the multi-service networks Zhone supports. The client-server architecture uses industry-standard components, such as an application server framework and a relational database. ZMS automates complex, tedious, and error-prone tasks, raising network productivity, improving efficiency, and reducing operating costs for Doylestown. As an extension of the ZMS, Zhone EZ Touch is a next-generation, carrier-class network management and provisioning system that reduces recurring operational expenditure (OPEX) by minimizing truck rolls and manual subscriber-specific features and, effectively, automating the service provisioning functionality.

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