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September 26, 2011

Etisalat Selects Zhone Technologies' FTTx Solutions to Backhaul Mobile Data Traffic
By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Zhone Technologies, a global provider of fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) network access solutions, announced that Etisalat (News - Alert), an integrated service provider in the Middle East, has selected Zhone's MXK intelligent terabit access concentrator to backhaul its mobile data traffic, including traffic from its Long-Term Evolution (LTE (News - Alert)) deployment.

Leveraging Zhone's MXK solution and Zhone FiberCell portfolio, Etisalat will be able to establish a 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) link to each LTE mobile radio base station (RBS). Etisalat is in the process of a major network expansion and transition to 4G wireless service throughout the United Arab Emirates.

The Zhone Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) MXK platforms are already in use throughout the UAE for Etisalat's existing FTTH based multi-play services. The GPON MXK platform enables Etisalat to transition its existing circuit-based backhaul to fiber backhaul with minimal infrastructure overlay.

"Zhone's FTTx solution gives us unprecedented flexibility, scalability, robust network control and the ability to offer more bandwidth to customers with greater efficiency," said Esmaeel Al-Hammadi, vice president of fixed access and radio networks, Etisalat, in a statement.

By utilizing Etisalat's existing FTTH infrastructure for mobile backhaul, Zhone assisted that company to cost effectively launch LTE services at full bandwidth capacity and maximum Gigabit Ethernet line speed nationwide.

During the completion of its own pilot LTE backhaul trial using Zhone's MXK system, Etisalat was able to minimize its overall network investment for backhaul services and achieve unprecedented mobile bandwidth capacity.

"The MXK platform is designed specifically for all-IP networks and intelligent traffic management of massive amounts of bandwidth," said Brian Caskey (News - Alert), chief marketing officer, Zhone.

Recently, Zhone Technologies (News - Alert) announced that Cornerstone Telephone, a communications solutions provider, selected the company for latest MXK deployment. The service will enable the local exchange carrier (CLEC) provider to offer both copper and fiber services on a single platform.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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