Monday, October 8, 2007

Zhone Adds EFM and Ethernet over Copper Products, Signs Saudi Telecom

Zhone Technologies has added several new platforms to its EFM and Ethernet over Copper (EoC) product family. In addition, Saudi Telecom has selected Zhone as the premier platform provider for what is described as the largest EFM network build of its kind. Zhone said the Saudi Telecom project will grow its EFM/EoC installed base to over 150,000 lines worldwide.

Zhone is introducing three new EFM/EoC SHDSL.bis line cards for its flagship MALCTM multi-service access platform (MSAP). Zhone's MALC supports the full range of Ethernet over Copper aggregation technologies and leads the industry in port density. Advanced layer intelligence includes auto discovery and traffic prioritization enabling symmetrical provisioning of quality sensitive services like multi-conference video or municipal traffic and security monitoring.

In addition to new high-density EFM line cards, Zhone has also introduced its latest series of EtherXtend Ethernet Access Devices. Installed at the customer premise, Zhone's EtherXtend equipment comes in one, two and four port models for immediate provisioning of up to 22.4 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth.

Zhone's EADs include key software enhancements. Among the features supported are IP SLA, (service level agreement) which enables operators to provide guaranteed levels of service and performance. Features include Zhone's Multimedia Traffic Management (MTM), rate shaping in addition to tiered provisioning capabilities.