News | March 24, 2008

Zhone Expands End-To-End MSAP Performance With Two New Optical Network Terminals For Active Ethernet

Oakland, CA - Zhone Technologies, Inc., a global leader in multi-service access equipment for VoIP, IPTV and Ethernet over copper and fiber access lines, recently announced two new Fiber to the Home (FTTH) gateways. The new models include the zNID multimedia outdoor gateway which brings the same layer-three intelligence and Quality of Service (QoS) features available for GPON to point to point Ethernet installations. Zhone also introduced its new zNID indoor gateway designed for high performance WiFi networks. Both new FTTH gateways provide end-to-end integration with Zhone's IEEE standard Active Ethernet (AE) line card for its market-leading MALC Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP).

"Zhone continues to be an innovator in the next-generation access sector, this time bringing advanced management capabilities to FTTH networks, for both Active Ethernet and GPON," said Erik M. Keith, senior analyst for broadband infrastructure at Current Analysis. "Reducing truck rolls while maximizing remote control and management of FTTH subscribers' home networks enables operators to deliver higher QoS and Quality of Experience (QoE) capabilities, thereby enhancing overall service differentiation, which can create an important, even critical competitive advantage."

Unleashing Subscriber Networks

Zhone's MSAP network strategy gives operators a comprehensive choice of access technologies for delivering new services, ranging from point-to-point AE, GPON, and bonded copper pairs. Network planners are future-proofing their infrastructures to prepare for the next generation of applications, including multiple HD streams, supersensory gaming and the rapid evolution cycles associated with user generated content.

A critical challenge facing carriers is how to effectively integrate home networks to achieve end-to-end performance on par with modernized infrastructures. Traditionally home networks exist as static islands isolated from the network at large, offering operators little or no remote visibility or advanced management capabilities. Blind subscriber networks can quickly erode the bottom line for carriers. The Yankee Group projects support calls and truck roll costs to top $6.5B by 2010 for IPTV alone. Early provisioning mistakes lead to quick customer churn, especially when provisioning IP/HDTV services where the consumer aesthetic is uncompromising. By bringing remote intelligence to the subscriber site, carriers can dramatically reduce provisioning and management costs while improving customer features and total Quality of Experience (QoE). Further, with Zhone's zNID gateway suite, carriers can provide differentiated new services like home video security and anywhere access to electronic command centers within the home via secure virtual private networks (VPNs).

"End to end system performance and superior management integration were deciding factors in SRT's selection of Zhone as the primary access vendor for our Active Ethernet build," said Shawn Grosz, director of network technology for SRT Communications. "Attitude was another factor. Zhone consistently takes an active partnership role in the success and performance of our network and our business."

SRT needed to address the digital divide between its metro customers who receive up to 8 Mbps ADSL service and its rural customers who were relegated to dial up speeds. Opting to future proof its rural serving area with fiber, SRT now uses the same MALC platform to provision FTTH to rural locations and ADSL to the metro via its extensive copper network.

Untangling Home Wiring

Based on the IEEE 802.ah interoperability standard, Zhone's zNID product family provides carriers with a suite of ease-of-use features for service providers and consumers that are new to the industry. Like the zNID for GPON, service changes or upgrades are managed remotely via Zhone's TR-069 automatic configuration server, the same management standard already used for millions of DSL installations worldwide. The zNID provides versatile deployment options including standard coax cable or ordinary twisted pair copper which are standard in most homes. Providers bypass time, costs and risks associated with in-home drilling and cabling. Using standard jacks, coverage becomes as seamless and intuitive as electricity throughout the entire house at 100+ Mbps.

More Choice

Ideal for multi tenant unit (MTU) installations, Zhone's zNID plug and play indoor WiFi gateway is designed for ease of use and installation. The zNID WiFi gateway operates in bridged and router mode providing, 54 Mbps WiFi coverage and 100 Mbps total bandwidth for all voice and data. The indoor zNID gateway supports Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) QoS standard and provides advanced voice quality features for Voice over IP.

"Bringing a high degree of manageability to subscriber networks enables operators to provide more service differentiation to their customers at lower cost," said Steven Glapa, vice president of marketing and product management for Zhone. "Beyond management and increased functionality, there is a clear economic advantage to working with well-integrated end-to-end platforms."

The Zhone Difference:

Zhone's zNID Intelligent Home FTTH Gateways for Active Ethernet

zNID 4200 Series Outdoor Multimedia Gateway

  • Easy installation and management of advanced media and home networking services
  • Dual wiring support provides complete home coverage with no new wiring
  • Intuitive end-user interfaces and value added networking features
  • VoIP, Ethernet and IPTV via standard coax and/or phone line, POTs and IPTV support
  • SIP support for intelligent VoIP call processing
  • Remote monitoring & addition of new services – advanced QoS
  • Multiple management options include Zhone's standard TR-069 management system already used with millions of DSL installations
  • Single system solution includes firewall security
  • Password protected VPN for anywhere connectivity
  • Rapidly deploy 100 + Mbps to every home for state of the art multimedia networks zNID 1100 Series Indoor WiFi Gateway
  • 100 Mbps total bandwidth with Integrated 802.11g WiFi (54 Mbps wireless)
  • Operates in bridged or router mode
  • Integrated 4-Port 10/100Base-T Ethernet Bridge
  • 2 VoIP ports with advanced call QoS features and integrated failsafe
  • SIP support for intelligent VoIP call processing
  • Call forwarding, call waiting, call transfer, caller ID and 3-way conferencing
  • Multiple management options include Zhone's standard TR-069 management system already used with millions of DSL installations
  • Universal plug and play installation

SOURCE: Zhone Technologies, Inc.