Zhone Technologies and SRT to partner for network expansion


Zhone Technologies announced that its MXK multi-service
access node (MSAN) will be used by SRT Communications (SRT) in combination with
Microsoft Mediaroom to deliver new IPTV and video services via ADSL2+ and
fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.


As the largest telephone cooperative in North Dakota, SRT
serves 48,000 customers, including consumers, businesses and governmental
agencies, and has remained a regional leader in deploying enhanced
telecommunications services for the past 60 years.


SRT currently provides broadband and dial-up Internet
services, wireless service and cable TV as well as traditional telephone,
leased line, voicemail and long-distance voice services.


After a year-long trial with Zhone,  SRT chose
to fully utilize the MXK for its new Microsoft Mediaroom-based video offering
(SRTVision) to achieve its expansion plans to reach the 5,800 unserved
subscribers in its coverage area.


SRT is also one of Zhone’s first customers, having deployed
the MALC MSAN solution almost a decade ago when SRT was seeking an extendable
and cost-effective solution to deliver broadband services to its customers.


Zhone has proven to be a valuable partner in our growth
strategy over the years, providing the technology solutions and support needed
to design flexible access networks for our multi-play service needs,” said
Shawn Grosz, director of Network Technology, SRT Communications.


Zhone’s support of the Microsoft Mediaroom platform,
their overall responsiveness during the trial phase and the ability of the MXK
system to effectively support our unique mix of multicast and unicast network
traffic needs will help improve our ability to deliver IPTV services
effectively to our customers.


With the migration flexibility of the existing MALC
installed base, we were able to ensure that the new network build utilizing the
MXK system will be completed cost-effectively.


Zhone’s consistent leadership and solution efficiencies
have not only enabled SRT to expand the reach of its services, but rapidly
upgrade all of its offerings when needed to maintain a competitive edge.


Microsoft Mediaroom-powered TV services are being offered
by over 40 network operators, delivering services to more than seven million
consumer households equaling more than 15 million set top boxes deployed
throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.


The Mediaroom platform enables SRT to deliver a
consistent premium entertainment experience across multiple screens and


This deployment of Microsoft Mediaroom using Zhone’s MXK
is a testament to the unique flexibility we have in supporting a variety of
Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and Active Ethernet (AE) service
models,” said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone.


Zhone’s MXK platform, in combination with other solutions
from the Zhone FiberHome portfolio, is providing a critical foundation for
customers such as SRT that are not only aggressively driving broadband
expansion across North America, but ensuring that such network investments are
maximized for multiscreen delivery services.


Zhone has deployed more than 2,000 of its fully
redundant, carrier-grade all-IP MXK platforms with more than 150 service
providers in over 40 countries.


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.


By Telecomlead.com Team
[email protected]




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