Telecom Namibia starts to provide Fibre-To-The-Home and Fibre-To-The-Building
Zhone Technologies, Inc., a provider of FTTx network access solutions, this week announced that Telecom Namibia, headquartered in Windhoek, Namibia, will deploy Zhone’s MXK and several additional Zhone services to provide its customers with advanced voice and broadband services.
Telecom Namibia (TN), which currently serves more than 145,000 customers, runs the largest digital telecommunications network in Namibia. TN will use Zhone’s MXK solution to implement Active Fiber and Copper Access solutions to renovate and update its telecommunications infrastructure.
TN has launched a project to introduce Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) and Fiber-To-The-Building/Basement (FTTB) technologies into its network in order to offer innovative and cost effective broadband services to its residential and business customers in Namibia. The company turned to Zhone with hopes of providing fiber and copper-based access solutions to 150,000 lines over the next three years.
In addition to introducing new fiber solutions, TN aims to replace its existing voice and data systems by using Zhone’s MXK ubiquitous Access Solution, providing GPON, Active Ethernet in addition to ISDN BRI (Basic Rate Interface), to migrate all existing voice services into a nationwide IMS solution (IP Multimedia Subsystem). This allows seamless integration of mobile and fixed networks into the existing copper-based network. The operator will also consolidate its mobile backhaul solutions and time-division multiplexing (TDM) Leased Lines over an MXK Access System, delivering advanced broadband performance.
“Zhone delivered exceptional performance and price to meet Telecom Namibia’s need for innovative service offerings, while also maintaining a low cost of ownership through a ubiquitous access network,” said Frans Ndoroma, Managing Director of Telecom Namibia. “Zhone’s solutions will allow Telecom Namibia to provide its customers with state-of-the-art broadband connection, at a cost-effective price.”
“Because Telecom Namibia, the biggest operator in Namibia, is a customer-driven company, it is important to provide bandwidth and multi-service solutions that meet customer demands,” said Ramy Abdallah, Africa Regional Director at Zhone Technologies. “MXK has provided Telecom Namibia with a wide variety of services and media support. It has allowed a seamless migration from existing legacy systems to a full IP based access solution, while also enabling Telecom Namibia to still handle its current legacy services.”
In addition to GPON and Active Ethernet, Zhone’s MXK will also provide Telecom Namibia with POTS, ISDN BRI, ADSL2+, VDSL2, G.SHDSL.bis with EFM capabilities.
Zhone’s MXK is the industry’s first Terabit Access Concentrator, providing industry-leading density, switching capacity and throughput, as well as non-blocking capacity of up to 3,600 100 Mbps GPON subscribers or 360 1G Active Ethernet subscribers.
The MXK platform guarantees a high-quality experience for residential triple-play and high-bandwidth business services over any FTTx infrastructure.
TN is owned by the Republic of Namibia and is considered the national telecommunications operator of the country. Founded in 1992, it functions as a commercialized company and as a subsidiary of its parent company Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings Limited. TN runs the largest Digital Telecommunication Network in Namibia and is a leading supplier of voice, text, data and video solutions.