Zhone launches first products

Zhone Technologies has launched its first products targetting the local loop component of carrier networks.

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By  Jon Tullett Published  October 9, 2000

Zhone Technologies has officially launched the first of its products, delivering on promises made more than a year ago at the company's inception.

Delivering an integrated local-loop service provision environment, the company has detailed its architecture, management services and unveiled the first of a series of products based on its framework.

The Single Line Multi-Service (SLMS) architecture provides a blueprint for carriers to consolidate copper, fibre and coaxial physical loop plants into a single integrated infrastructure supporting multiple transport options and multiple services with a common management model.

On top of the architecture runs the Zhone Management System (ZMS), an end-to-end management environment that configures and controls each element in the local-loop infrastructure, down to individual subscribers and services.

The first Zhone-branded unit to ship is the Broadband Access Node (BAN), integrating voice, video and data service provision and consolidating multiple network media. The BAN combines a voice gateway, a Digital Subscriber Lind Access Multiplexer (DSLAM), a Digital Loop Carrier (DLC), a Digital Access Cross Connect System (DACS), a Subscriber Management System (SMS), a MUX, IP routing facilities and edge switching.

President and CEO Mory Ejabat says the company's focus on the "last mile" of telecom is a niche other vendors have not explored due to the complexity of delivering end-to-end services. Other vendors, he says, have disparate components which are hooked together piecemeal, creating difficulties in integration and management. Zhone's architecture, Ejabat says, will eventually supersede the problems carriers and service providers are experiencing with service provision at the local-loop level, allowing rapid deployment of new services over any medium, including wireless access.

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