Etisalat Selects Zhone

Etisalat expands use of Zhone Technologies’ FTTx solutions to include mobile backhaul in United Arab Emirates’ first LTE deployment

September 22, 2011

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global pioneer in FTTx network access solutions, announced today that Etisalat, the leading integrated service provider in the Middle East, is utilizing Zhone's industry-leading MXK™ intelligent terabit access concentrator to backhaul its mobile data traffic, including traffic from its most recent Long-Term Evolution (LTE) deployment.

Etisalat will use Zhone’s flagship MXK solution and Zhone FiberCell™ portfolio as part of its efforts to enable a 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) link to each LTE mobile radio base station (RBS) as it completes a major network expansion and transitions to advanced 4G wireless service throughout the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Leveraging the Zhone Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) MXK platforms currently deployed throughout the UAE in support of Etisalat’s existing FTTH based multi-play services, Etisalat will be able to transition its existing circuit-based backhaul to next generation fiber backhaul with minimal infrastructure overlay.

“Zhone's FTTx solution gives us unprecedented flexibility, scalability, robust network control and the ability to offer more bandwidth to customers with greater efficiency,” said Esmaeel Al-Hammadi, vice president of fixed access and radio networks, Etisalat. “Now, we are able to efficiently offload LTE services and provide efficient mobile backhaul utilizing our existing nationwide FTTH network. By utilizing our existing FTTH infrastructure for mobile backhaul, Zhone was able to help us quickly and cost-effectively launch LTE services at full bandwidth capacity and maximum Gigabit Ethernet line speed nationwide.”


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