Telecom Namibia using Zhone solutions in network transformation

5 Sep 2013

Telecom Namibia (TN) is using solutions from Zhone Technologies to assist it in providing advanced voice and broadband services via a converged multi-service platform and FTTx network access. TN is using Zhone’s MXK multi-service ‘terabit access’ core network hardware/software products to implement active fibre/copper access solutions which will upgrade its existing infrastructure. TN has launched a project to introduce fibre-to-the-home (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, and has chosen Zhone’s solutions to help provide fibre and next generation copper-based access on 150,000 fixed subscriber lines over the next three years.

In addition to introducing new fibre solutions, TN aims to replace its existing voice and data systems via the migration of all existing fixed and mobile voice services (including the recently acquired Leo mobile network, now rebranded ‘TN Mobile’) into a nationwide IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform, for which it plans to use Zhone’s MXK Access Solution to provide GPON and Active Ethernet (alongside POTS, ISDN BRI, ADSL2+, VDSL2 and G.SHDSL.bis with EFM capabilities). A press release states that this will allow 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.

Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone, said: ‘Zhone’s MXK has provided TN 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 TN to still handle its current legacy services.’ Frans Ndoroma, managing director of TN, added: ‘Zhone’s solutions will allow TN to provide its customers with state-of-the-art broadband connection, at a cost-effective price.’

Namibia, Powercom (Namibia), Telecom Namibia (incl. TN Mobile), Zhone Technologies