QCOL Chooses Zhone Technologies for FTTH Project

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OAKLAND, CA - QCOL, a western Pennsylvania-based service provider, plans to expand its fiber-to-the-home network to serve more than 2,000 subscribers across Fayette County, Pa., Garrett County, Md., and Preston County, W.V., beginning next month. The company began as a dial-up service provider in 1998 and has deployed cable, DSL, wireless and FTTH technologies in various parts of its service area. It has offered triple-play services over fiber since 2003.

QCOL will deploy Zhone Technologies' MXK as its primary GPON access platform for the new network and use Zhone's zNID optical network terminals in customer premises. The MXK platform will allow up to 1 Gbps service and support multiple HDTV screens, high-definition DVR content and video streaming within homes. Zhone's support for RF video was a major consideration in the selection, according to Zhone.

"The residential and business customers we serve are demanding increasing amounts of bandwidth. We sought a solution to address not only current but future bandwidth requirements," explain Brian Frazee and Doug Friend, owners of QCOL. "We selected Zhone for the impressive density offered by 8-port GPON cards, along with the MXK's superior scale, effective network management capabilities and system flexibility to support multiple services in the same chassis. We were extremely intrigued by the cost savings anticipated for us and our customers."

To date, Zhone has deployed more than 1,350 of its MXK platforms with more than 100 service providers in over 40 countries.

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