Zhone and Fujitsu to Bring Fiber Network to Rural New Mexico

  • Fujitsu Network Communications
  • Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
  • Zhone Technologies
OAKLAND, CA — Zhone Technologies, a provider of FTTx network access solutions, has partnered with Fujitsu Network Communications, in the development of a FTTH Network for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC). As the network systems integrator with overall project management responsibility, Fujitsu worked with KCEC to select Zhone for its ability to meet the standards of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, delivering affordable high-speed broadband service in excess of 100 Mbps to residents and 1 Gbps broadband service to anchor institutions like schools, hospitals and government offices.

Using Zhone's MXKs and zNIDs, the GPON network will connect 29 communities comprised of roughly 24,000 households and businesses, 183 critical community institutions, and two Native American pueblos within a 2,951 square mile underserved area in the Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba counties in Northern New Mexico. The entire area will be serviced with the new fiber network and is proposed to be built in four phases, to be completely built out in approximately two years.

Connecting Homes and Anchor Institutions in Rural New Mexico
"Kit Carson Electric Cooperative will use the new fiber network to bring high-speed broadband to rural New Mexico, and connect regional institutions such as schools and hospitals," said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone Technologies. "The network will enable affordable connectivity in previously unserved or underserved areas, providing advanced broadband services that consumers desire."

The fiber optic network will span 2,400 miles along KCEC's existing electric distribution right-of-way. The company will also construct a secure network facility within its existing corporate headquarters. The first phase will include four sites with four MXKs and 1,500 zNID-GPON-4220 set to reach 5,900 homes, with a goal of reaching 19,000 homes over the next two years. In addition to video, voice and data, the fiber network will also enable "Smart Grid" technologies like substation automation (SA) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology.

"As the network systems integrator, we're thrilled to have Zhone provide the last mile access solution that will give Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's members and broadband providers a reliable, resilient and high-speed fiber network with the required bandwidth to satisfy their needs," said Greg Manganello, senior vice president and head of services, Fujitsu Network Communications. "Zhone's FTTH products were selected because they met this project's selection criteria for future-proofing, security, interoperability and management."

Zhone's MXK platform is a fully redundant, carrier-grade all-IP platform and the industry's first terabit access concentrator. Featuring industry-leading density, scalability and switching capacity, the MXK provides non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers.


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