Zhone acquires Nortel access technologies

Access network vendor Zhone Technologies has acquired access technologies from Nortel, giving it access to a valuable customer base.

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By  Jon Tullett Published  September 3, 2001

Zhone Technologies has acquired access network technology assets from Nortel Networks. In particular, Zhone has picked up technologies relating to the AccessNode and Universal Edge (UE) 9000 Digital Loop Carrier (DLC) shelf and UE 9000 remote access shelf product families, including the AccessNode ABM shelf, and AccessNode CDS shelf.

But for all this is a technology acquisition, the key element here is the customers - Zhone wants existing access customers to migrate to its converged SLMS (Single-Line, Multi-Service) architecture, and what better way to do that than to buy the product set they already use?

"We viewed the most important aspect of this acquisition to be the AccessNode UE 9000 DLC customers," confirms David Misunas, VP and GM for Zhone's access systems division. ""DLC's have become the epicenter of the access network and with this acquisition Zhone has penetration in major carriers accounts - both [US] and abroad - who have selected the AccessNode and UE 9000 as aggregation platforms."

Zhone promises it will be enhancing the AccessNode and UE 9000 platforms with new software and hardware features while it develops the migration path for users. Zhone's SLMS network architecture allows carriers to streamline the deployment of narrowband and broadband services, including voice, high-speed data, video and content services.

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