Telecom TZ first Russian GPON customer for Zhone Technologies

DECEMBER 15, 2010 -- Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that its MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system will serve as the core enabler of Telecom TZ’s migration to Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) in Moscow, Russia.

DECEMBER 15, 2010 -- Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that its MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system will serve as the core enabler of Telecom TZ’s migration to Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) in Moscow, Russia. Through the channel partner Connect Plus, a combination of the MXK and Zhone Network Interface device (zNID) optical network terminals (ONT) will also be deployed to support approximately 5,000 enterprise customers via GPON across the service footprint.

Telecom TZ previously leveraged a Broadband PON (BPON) approach to deliver voice, video, and data services to its customers in the city. However, the Russian operator primarily serves enterprise customers and is experiencing an increased demand for faster speeds among its most bandwidth-intense business services – signaling the need for more flexibility and better performance capabilities across its more than 5000 km of fiber network, Zhone says.

“Zhone’s GPON solutions are giving us a high level of flexibility in both our service options and system configuration options that wasn’t available with our existing BPON network,” said Angelo Tozzi, president, Telecom TZ. “With our expanded bandwidth capacity, we are now able to more efficiently deliver the high-quality advanced services that will elevate our competitive position and accelerate our growth strategy in the coming months. Zhone’s portfolio of zNID ONTs and the MXK help us extend our reach with our business customers.”

Telecom TZ began integrating Zhone’s MXK terabit access platform into its network in September 2010 after a two-month trial and expects the upgrade project to be complete in the second quarter of 2011.

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