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Zhone Technologies Expands FTTx Footprint In Midwest With Grand River Mutual Telephone

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZHNE), a global leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced that it is working with Grand River Mutual Telephone Corporation, Missouri’s second largest independent operator, to build a new fiber network that will support delivery of more affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access, VoIP and video services to residential and business subscribers.

The unmatched flexibility and scalability of the Zhone MXK™ platform and its ability to provide Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), Active Ethernet (AE) and VDSL2 connectivity in facilitating network and service upgrades to FTTH has been repeatedly demonstrated in similar broadband projects throughout the United States. The greenfield fiber point-to-point (P2P) AE network, managed through Zhone’s MXK platform, will benefit Grand River Mutual Telephone residential customers with wire-speed gigabit connectivity to enable a higher quality of media experience with multiple high-definition television (HDTV) channels, high-definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR) content and video streaming within the home.

“With more than 15,000 access lines spanning Northern Missouri and Southern Iowa, we needed a fiber access vendor with superior scale and effective network management capabilities,” said Wendel Myers, general manager of Grand River Mutual Telephone. “The increased density, scale and performance provided by the Zhone MXK, and zNID™ ONTs address our network complexity and challenges. This new fiber network allows us to provide advanced communications and connectivity to our residential and business customers. The benefit for service providers like us is that a full range of delivery mediums can be deployed side by side in the MXK which limits the cost of network upgrades and ongoing broadband deployments.”

“Similar to many of our North American customers, Grand River Mutual Telephone needed a fiber access solution with high performance attributes to meet the changing needs of its customers,” explained Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone. “Flexibility, scalability and ease of use are some core functionalities of the MXK that resonate with service providers, and have ultimately made it one of the leading solutions for FTTH deployments globally.”

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