Hickory Telephone Partners With Zhone for GPON Upgrade

  • FTTH
  • GPON
  • Zhone
OAKLAND, CA — Hickory Telephone Company, an independent telco in western Pennsylvania, will launch advanced triple-play services - RF video, VoIP and high-speed Internet access - using the MXK platform from Zhone Technologies.

Zhone’s MXK solution is the core multiservice access platform for Hickory Telephone's new copper- and FTTx-based networks, providing intelligent GPON connectivity to facilitate the migration from its legacy POTS system to the new infrastructure model.

“We’ve been offering communications services to the local Hickory community for more than 100 years and understand how influential our ability to continuously innovate is on the growth and livelihood of our residential and business customers,” says Grier Adamson, CEO, Hickory Telephone Company. “However, we also recognize that as we expand the breadth and reach of our services portfolio in the region, we must also expand the capacity of our networks. Fortunately, the Zhone MXK gives us more than enough growth flexibility to increase our bandwidth offerings to customers now and support any unexpected capacity requirements that emerge as we continue our migration to more advanced voice, video and data services.”

Hickory Telephone says it chose the MXK in part based on cost, but primarily because it delivers the highest density of GPON ports in the smallest footprint. 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. The platform also offers a 72-port POTS feature and can also support T1s and POTS for business solutions as needed.

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