Venus Telephone Increases Bandwidth by Factor of 10

  • FTTH
  • Zhone
OAKLAND, CAVenus Telephone, a 100-year-old local telephone provider in Venus, Pa., offers triple-play services to more than 1,400 customers. But those customers aren't happy. "Our customers – residential and commercial – are now demanding more and more bandwidth," notes John Keister, vice president of Venus.

Venus is now building a fiber-to-the-home network and will deploy Zhone's MXK as its primary GPON access platform. Beginning next month, the company will be able to deliver affordable and reliable high-speed Internet access, VoIP and IP video services to businesses and consumers in its 54-square-mile territory.

Keister says, "We needed a solution to address our bandwidth requirements, along with any new demands that may arise in the future, in a cost-effective manner. We chose Zhone's access solution due to its impressive density, switching capacity and the small footprint offered by 8-port GPON cards. The MXK also gives us superior scale, effective network management capabilities and overall system flexibility to support multiple services in the same chassis."

Another reason Venus selected Zhone's MXK was to support T1s and symmetrical, high-bitrate digital subscriber line Ethernet in the first mile (SHDSL-EFM) for business solutions.

Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone, says, "Our solution is providing Venus with the opportunity to offer 10 times the bandwidth of its previous network in a smaller footprint."

Zhone has deployed more than 2,000 of its fully redundant, carrier-grade, all-IP MXK platforms with more than 150 service providers globally in 40-plus countries. The MXK is the industry's first terabit access concentrator and provides nonblocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G active Ethernet subscribers.

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