Indiana-based Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Cooperative has tabbed Zhone (NASDAQ:ZHNE) to help it build a new fiber network that will support delivery of more affordable and more reliable high speed Internet access, VoIP and video services to subscribers.
The company, which has some 2,000 lines to residents and businesses, including a hospital with a telemedicine capability, says it plans to initially provide business customers, including banks, hospitals and schools with AE connectivity and consumers with GPON connectivity using Zhone's MXK multi-service access node (MSAN) solution integrated into its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network.
"The ability to provide multiple services off the same system was imperative for us to curtail operational costs," said Mark Dickerson, plant manager, Pulaski-White Telephone. "We are excited to offer more advanced communications and connectivity to our customers."
Now, with the extreme bandwidth demands being remotely managed by the MXK platform, Pulaski-White Telephone residential customers will benefit from things such as multiple high-definition television (HDTV) channels, high definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR) content and video streaming within the home.
"Like some of our other North American deployments, we recognized Pulaski-White Telephone needed a fiber access solution with superior scale; that was our primary goal," explained Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone. "The ease of use and flexibility are two core attributes of our fiber access solutions that resonate with service providers, and we will continue to customize solutions to fit the individual needs of our customers and those they serve."
Zhone has deployed more than 1,350 of its fully redundant, carrier-grade all-IP MXK platforms with more than 100 service providers in more than 40 countries globally.
Featuring industry-leading density, scalability and switching capacity, the MXK is the industry's first terabit access concentrator and provides non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers.
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