OCTOBER 26, 2010 -- LOS Bynett (LOS), a local power utility and fiber network owner in Norway, has selected Zhone Technologies Inc.’s MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) system. LOS, a division of Agder Energi, will integrate Zhone’s FTTx access platform into its network to boost its fiber build out and offering in the Kristiansand region, similar to what Norway power utility Tussa Kraft is doing in the Sunnmøre region.
After extensive testing, LOS is integrating the MXK platform into its (OSS) system and deploying the system in the field; upon completion, the enhancement is expected to improve the reliability and capacity of LOS’s triple-play service for subscribers in the region. The MXK enables LOS to offer service speeds of up to 1 Gbps to its subscribers, without creating bottlenecks in the network. As a result, LOS can deliver next-generation voice, video, and high-speed data services to new and existing customers, and support extended usage demands at current and future subscriber levels.
“Our goal is to not only help LOS become more competitive today, but also ensure they can remain nimble and truly maximize their fiber investments so they launch even more advanced services as market demand dictates,” says Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone.
LOS is already preparing for additional network upgrades that combine today’s Active Ethernet deployments with GPON technologies for rural areas. With MXK’s support for both passive and active Ethernet and GPON in parallel on the same chassis, LOS has the option to configure its networks with flexibility and efficiency using a combination of GPON splitters and dedicated fiber connections.
The single access system design eases customer provisioning requirements typically associated with triple-play services and minimizes the resources needed for support, maintenance, and technical personnel training, says a company representative. LOS has been able to more effectively manage rising network operation costs, as well as reduce the number of deployment sites by adding GPON with extended reach in Kristiansand, further reducing both capital and operating expenditures.
“Before we deployed Zhone’s MXK platform, we found ourselves facing scalability and reliability challenges as we began to expand the reach of our triple-play services to even more customers within our footprint,” explains Per I. Settane, vice president of strategic alliances, LOS. “However, we are now beginning to experience improvements in our network performance as a result of current infrastructure upgrades and anticipate that we’ll see that positive trend continue as we expand deployment of Zhone’s MXK in the coming months.”
The MXK platform utilizes Zhone's single line multi-service (SLMS) access operating system for service intelligence. The future-proof platform offers LOS multi-access points at efficient capacities and costs and provides the option to integrate additional broadband technologies, such as 10G GPON, into the network as consumer demand increases.