Zhone Technologies is expanding its FTTx product line, starting with VDSL2 and Active Ethernet products that will support transport rates up to 100 Mbps symmetrical.
Zhone is renaming its FTTx line “Zhone FiberHome.” FiberHome will include the company’s fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) solutions. For connections that fall short of FTTP, Zhone is renaming its twisted copper pair (TCP) and Ethernet approaches, respectively, copper to the premises (CTTP) and wire-speed Ethernet to the premises (ETTP).
Both the VDSL2 and Active Ethernet systems will appear in a 1U form factor. Zhone’s CTTP solution is based on VDSL2 30am and will include remote terminals and central office (CO) equipment. In the cases where fiber can be extended cost-effectively, Zhone FiberHome will provide Active Ethernet connectivity to enable wire-speed ETTP connectivity.
As Zhone chief marketing officer Brian Caskey explains: “We’re seeing service providers start to aggressively lay new fiber networks. However, in specific instances, new fiber networks can become cost prohibitive, and the ability to use deployed copper to provide advanced multi-play services becomes imperative.”