Telecom Namibia signs agreement with Zhone Technologies

05 Sep 2013 11:00
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) - Telecom Namibia on Thursday announced that it has signed an agreement with Zhone Technologies Incorporated, a United States of America (USA)-based company to deploy Zhone’s intelligent terabit access concentrator (MXK).
MXK is a terabit access concentrator which supports end-to-end voice, data, entertainment, social media, business, mobile back-haul and mobility service to satisfy the operator’s connectivity and bandwidth requirements and build the network of the future.
Oiva Angula, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Telecom Namibia said in a media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday morning several additional Zhone services will also be provided to Telecom customers, such as advanced voice and broadband services.
Zhone is a leader in fibre-to-the-x (FTTx - a generic term for any broadband network architecture using optical fiber) network access solutions.
Telecom will use Zhone’s MXK solution to implement active fibre and copper access solutions to renovate and update its telecommunications infrastructure.
Telecom Namibia also recently launched a project to introduce Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) and Fibre-To-The-Building/Basement (FTTB) technologies into its network in order to offer innovative and cost effective broadband services to its residential and business customers.
The company turned to Zhone in hopes of providing fibre and copper-based access solutions to 150 000 lines over the next three years.
In addition to introducing new fibre solutions, Telecom Namibia aims to replace its existing voice and data systems by using Zhone’s MXK Access Solution, providing Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Active Ethernet in addition to ISDN BRI (Basic Rate Interface), to migrate all existing voice services into a nationwide International Media Support (IMS) solution (IP Multimedia Subsystem).
This allows for the seamless integration of mobile and fixed networks into the existing copper-based network.
The telecommunications giant will also consolidate its mobile back-haul solutions and time-division multiplexing (TDM) Leased Lines over an MXK Access System, delivering advanced broadband performance.
“Zhone delivered exceptional performance and price to meet Telecom Namibia’s need for innovative service offerings, while also maintaining a low cost of ownership through an ubiquitous access network,” Frans Ndoroma, managing director of Telecom Namibia was quoted as saying in the statement.
Ndoroma also said the US company’s solutions will allow Telecom to provide its customers with state-of-the-art broadband connection at a cost-effective price.
Zhone is headquartered in California and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission, waste-water and chloroflourocarbon (CFC) free.