ZTE develops DOCSIS-compliant EPON platform for U.S. market

OCTOBER 30, 2009 -- The company says its new system enables MSOs to leverage their fiber resources to deploy EPON-based mult-play services without any changes to the existing DOCSIS-based back-office system.

OCTOBER 30, 2009 -- ZTE USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ZTE Corp., a global provider of telecom equipment and network technologies, has announced the availability of its DOCSIS compliant Ethernet PON (EPON) system that allows multiple system operators (MSOs) to deploy optical distribution network architectures for residential, commercial, and mobile backhaul applications. The company says its new system enables MSOs to leverage their fiber resources to deploy EPON-based mult-play services without any changes to the existing DOCSIS-based back-office system. All new EPON services are provisioned with MSOs' existing mature DOCSIS back-office system. ZTE's integrated network equipment and new DOCSIS control plane are designed to enable MSOs to compete with telecom operators in the overlay market, maximize revenues on new services, and futureproof existing networks, delivering savings on routine maintenance, operational costs, and additional capital expenditures.

ZTE's DOCSIS-compliant EPON system allows MSOs to deliver additional customer services via adaptable optical network units (ONUs) that support HSD, VoIP, video (IPTV or RF overlay), and mobile backhaul services.

In commercial applications, the EPON system offers the increased bandwidth, large network scale, security requirements, and network reliability expected by commercial customers. Certified MEF-9 and MEF-14 features enable MSOs to deliver Carrier Ethernet service to customers. In residential applications, MSOs are able to offer quality-of-service (QoS) guaranteed triple-play services.

The EPON-compliant radio-frequency-over-glass (RFoG) technology allows the coexistence of video RF service and newly deployed EPON services.

In mobile backhaul applications, MSOs can transport both traditional TDM service and Ethernet traffic from cell sites seamlessly over the same EPON infrastructure. The EPON mobile backhaul platform is a Carrier Ethernet class and high-QoS-guaranteed system prepared for 2G/3G/4G wireless deployments.

"ZTE's EPON solution is serving millions of EPON subscribers around the world today, and we're proud to extend its benefits to the U.S. market. Our products have proved to offer the reliability, maturity, and stability MSOs require in order to build highly effective and competitive Ethernet passive optical networks," says George Sun, chief technology officer of ZTE USA. "ZTE is fully committed to be the strategic partner for U.S. MSOs. Today's announcement is another step in giving MSOs the advantage they need to strive for a competitive stake in the market."


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