Zhone Technologies Helps MLL Telecom Deliver High-Speed Network to Suffolk County, England

Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:02am EST

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Zhone Technologies Helps MLL Telecom Deliver High-Speed Network to Suffolk County, England
Managed network supplier deploys Zhone solutions to provide Ethernet services to 700 public sector sites

Oakland, CA - November 28, 2012 - Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced that it was selected by  MLL Telecom to help deliver high-speed, broadband services to more than 600 public sector facilities in the  County of Suffolk, England. MLL Telecom, a leading managed network supplier in the U.K., is using Zhone's MXK and ETHX solutions for approximately two-thirds of its sites to provide reliable Ethernet services to schools, libraries and county council buildings. Zhone secured this deployment as a result of its partnership with U.K.-based Imtech Telecom.

As the British government forges ahead with its plan to upgrade the nation's internet infrastructureby 2015, organizations throughout the U.K. look for cost-effective ways to roll out faster broadband services across Wide Area Networks (WAN). For this reason, public sector organizations turn to managed network suppliers like MLL Telecom for reliable, high-speed Ethernet services.

This new network deployment is significant because schools across the region are already consuming data at a rate equivalent to downloading 40 books every second. By using Zhone's platform to deliver 10Mbps services over the existing copper infrastructure, the new network provides an increase in capacity, which is five times the magnitude of the existing network.

"Zhone was chosen for its industry-leading access technology and high level of knowledge in the FTTx and EFM space," said Graham Keeble, head of operations for MLL Telecom. "Our objective for this project was to cost effectively deliver high-speed, reliable Ethernet services to the county of Suffolk using the existing copper infrastructure. Zhone was the perfect partner in helping us achieve this goal, because of the flexibility, scalability and ease-of-use of its solutions."

In addition to delivering significant savings and increased capacity, the new network allows MLL Telecom to deploy fiber access services, Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line 2 + and very-high-speed Digital Subscriber Line 2 (ADSL2 +/VDSL2) from the same platform in the future, if required.

"This partnership with MLL Telecom is one of many happening in the U.K. as the nation works to upgrade its communications infrastructure," said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer for Zhone.  "Managed network suppliers globally continue to recognize Zhone as a leading provider of FTTC and EFM deployments. The U.K.'s ambitious plan to implement a fiber network underscores the fact that fast, broadband networks are essential to remaining competitive in today's global market."

For more information about Zhone's MXK and ETHX solutions, please visit: http://www.zhone.com/products/MXK/ and http://www.zhone.com/products/ETHX-3300/

About Zhone Technologies

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in all IP multi-service access solutions, serving more than 750 of the world's most innovative network operators.

The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service providers to build the network of the future.today, supporting end-to-end Voice, Data, Entertainment Social Media, Business, Mobile Backhaul and Mobility service.
Zhone is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP Multi-Service solution for its customers.
Zhone is headquartered in California and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission, waste-water and CFC free.
About MLL Telecom
MLL Telecom is one of the UK's leading providers of fully managed networks and professional services to mobile and fixed operators, system integrators and the public sector. As a licensed operator with planning rights and its own wireless spectrum, it uses a combination of fixed and wireless technologies to deliver secure, cost-effective services on schedule, on budget and at the highest quality.

MLL Telecom has more than 3000 microwave radio links nationwide. Its customers and channel partners include: BT, Vodafone, O2 Wi-Fi, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media Business, Azzurri, East Sussex County Council, Nottinghamshire Police and Suffolk County Council. For additional information, please visit http://www.mlltelecom.com/.

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