Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZHNE), a global leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced immediate availability of the MXK 194 and MXK 198 platforms, new high-density 1U form-factor Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) Optical Line Terminal (OLTs), as an expansion of the industry-leading MXK OLT portfolio. Enabling high-bandwidth fiber connectivity, the MXK 194/198 platforms provide service providers a highly cost-effective solution for small to mid-scale deployments. Zhone will showcase the brand new MXK 194/198 platforms in its booth at the FTTH Conference in Orlando, Fla., September 26-30, 2011.
The latest products extend the MXK product family with new small form-factor chassis with 4-port and 8-port GPON capability to support up to 512 ONTs/ONUs with a single 1U chassis. The MXK 194/198 platforms can be stacked together for larger deployments, thereby reducing overall costs and streamlining deployment for service providers. As part of Zhone’s steady efforts to bring innovative products and solutions to market, the MXK 194/198 platforms provide a significant extension to the Zhone offering with the ability of the operator to leverage the smaller form-factor solution as part of the MXK product family.
“IDC forecasts 7.6 percent CAGR in the global FTTx market over the next five years,” said David Emberley, research manager of telecommunications equipment at IDC. “As service providers begin to look towards deep fiber deployments as an option, they also have unique deployment needs that need to be addressed. We believe that the smaller form-factor access platforms will play an important role in the broadband network build-out as service providers analyze cost and service efficiency factors. With the introduction of the MXK 194 and MXK 198 platforms, Zhone appears to be complementing its multi-service access approach and is poised to further strengthen its position in the FTTx market.”
With the new MXK 194/198 platforms supporting GPON, Zhone’s 1U form-factor portfolio is ideally positioned to target varied deployment scenarios for both consumers and businesses including urban users, vertical markets and traditionally challenging deployments in rural areas and multi-dwelling units (MDU), among others. Zhone FiberHome portfolio now includes Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN), Fiber-to-the-Curb (FTTC), Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) and Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) solutions with VDSL2, Active Ethernet and GPON connectivity in the last mile in a 1U form factor that provides cost-efficiency benefits for operators while expanding their multi-service access capabilities.