Telecom Namibia upgrades its fixed network

Telco hires Zhone Technologies to deploy fixed broadband tech
Ramy Abdallah, Africa regional director at Zhone Technologies.
Ramy Abdallah, Africa regional director at Zhone Technologies.


Telecom Namibia has hired Zhone Technologies, a US company that specialises in FTTx network access solutions, to upgrade its fixed-line networks.

Zhone Technologie will deploy its MXK solution and several additional services to provide Telecom Namibia customers with advanced fixed-line voice and broadband services.

Telecom Namibia will deploy Zhone’s MXK solution to implement active fibre and copper access solutions.

In addition to introducing new fibre solutions, Telecom Namibia 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.

Telecom Namibia, which currently serves more than 145,000 customers, runs the largest digital telecommunications network in Namibia.

TN has launched a project to introduce FTTH and fibre-to-the-building (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 fibre and copper-based access solutions to 150,000 lines over the next three years.

“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.”

Ramy Abdallah, Africa regional director at Zhone Technologies, said: “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.


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