North State picks Zhone ONT for IPTV deployment

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says its optical network terminal (ONT) has been deployed by North State Communications, a broadband and entertainment provider based in High Point, NC, to deliver IPTV and video services via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says its optical network terminal (ONT) has been deployed by North State Communications, a broadband and entertainment provider based in High Point, NC, to deliver IPTV and video services via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

As one of the largest independent communications and home entertainment providers in North Carolina, North State maintains a robust fiber-optic network that comprises more than 68,000 miles of fiber to deliver voice, video, and broadband Internet for residential services and networking; IP services; and backup and disaster recovery services for businesses.

In July 2012, North State enhanced its Plex Advanced TV offering to provide FTTH customers with high-quality interactive TV services, and has since moved more than 5,000 live customers to the new platform. Supported by Zhone as the access platform, the new ONT acts as a smart device that provides full gateway functionality, thus eliminating the requirement for a second device inside the home to control the routing functions needed to deliver enhanced features.

"Zhone has proven to be a valuable partner in our growth strategy over the last 12 years, providing the technology solutions and support needed to design flexible access networks for the latest service offerings," said Royster Tucker III, chief operating officer of North State.

He added, "Zhone's support of our video platform and the ability of the MXK system to rapidly and effectively support our unique network traffic needs will help improve our ability to deliver IPTV services effectively to our customers. With the migration flexibility of the existing MALC installed base, we were able to ensure that the new network build, utilizing the MXK system, would be completed cost-effectively."

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