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TMCNet:  Ligue Telecom Leverages Zhone for Full Fiber Network Deployment in Brazil MXK, zNIDs deliver VOIP and data services to customers in Brazil

[January 31, 2013]

Ligue Telecom Leverages Zhone for Full Fiber Network Deployment in Brazil MXK, zNIDs deliver VOIP and data services to customers in Brazil

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oakland, CA - -Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global pioneer in FTTx network access solutions, announced today that its industry-leading MXK(TM) multi-service access node (MSAN) system has been deployed as the core enabler of Ligue Telecom's new Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution in Brazil. A combination of the MXK and Zhone Network Interface Device (zNID) Optical Network Terminals (ONT) were used to support customers across the service footprint.


Ligue Telecom, servicing Brazil since 2006, provides VOIP and data services to residential and business customers and also provides wholesale termination for other providers and companies in the Parana state of Brazil, one of the fastest developing parts of the country. Ligue Telecom's choice to deploy GPON is a direct response to customer demand for higher speed, premium services with flexible pricing. After evaluating the MXK, Ligue Telecom found they could maintain competitive service tiers while achieving faster return on investment (ROI) over lower capacity platforms. The service provider began integrating Zhone's MXK terabit access platform into its network in 2012 and plans to add premium GPON services, expanding the network to service several additional cities in the region by mid-2013.

"GPON significantly expands Ligue Telecom's service offering and gives them a competitive edge," explained Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone. "In fact, GPON's unique high-bandwidth capability encourages operators - and gives them the expanded resources - to launch future-focused, revenue-generating services that are increasing demand." "Zhone's GPON solutions give us the bandwidth capacity and service agility to expand our network in a truly future-proof manner," said Romeu Medeiros, technical director for Ligue Telecom. "With our expanded bandwidth capacity, we are now able to efficiently deliver the high-quality advanced services that will accelerate our growth strategy in the coming months. Zhone's portfolio of zNID ONTs and the MXK help us extend our reach with our customers." Ligue Telecom will immediately benefit from the platform's streamlined network upkeep, output management and customer provisioning capabilities, which minimize the resources needed for support, maintenance and technical personnel training. The MXK's ability to support Active Ethernet and GPON on the same system enables Ligue Telecom to configure its networks with maximum flexibility and efficiency. Longer term, Zhone's future-proof MXK platform offers Ligue Telecom multi-access points at highly efficient capacities and costs that will allow the operator to seamlessly and cost-effectively integrate additional broadband technologies such as 10G GPON as customer demand dictates. Zhone's MXK platform is a fully redundant, carrier-grade all-IP platform and the industry's first terabit access concentrator. It features industry-leading density, scalability and switching capacity and provides non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers.

For more information about Zhone's MXK or zNID solutions, please visit http://www.zhone.com.

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 Ligue Telecom Ligue Telecom is a company specialized in multimedia communication services. Acting since 2006, we have MCS (Multimedia Communication Services) and the FSTS (Fixed Switched Telephone Services) licenses, being able to act in fixed telephony, internet and lP telephone areas.

Using advanced technology, Ligue Telecom provides groundbreaking solutions and we are permanently committed to provide great quality in services, with data security, productivity and cost reduction for the satisfaction of our customers, even if they are in residential market, corporative or public sector.

Contacts: Zhone Investor Relations Tel: +1 510-777-7013 Fax: +1 510-777-7001 Email: investor-relations@zhone.com Aurora Arlet Edelman for Zhone Public Relations Tel: +1 404.460.8578 E: aurora.arlet@edelman.com Zhone, the Zhone logo, and all Zhone product names are trademarks of Zhone Technologies, Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Specifications, products, and/or product names are all subject to change without notice.

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