Zhone Technologies Introduces MX 180, Firing Up Multi-Gigabit Connections

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High-Performance 1U GE/10GE enables service providers to significantly improve customer offering while increasing revenue

Oakland, CA February 19, 2014

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced the release of its Small-Form-Factor-Pluggable (SFP) MX-180-GE-LT and MX-180-GE-LT-RJ45 (MX-180), enabling operators to deliver advanced triple play services to their customers from a more compact footprint.

The new MX-180 —supporting optical or copper transport— allows the deployment of Gigabit Ethernet interface services at customer premises without the need for a large and complex infrastructure. Requiring less power than competitive offerings, the fully programmable MX 180 enables service providers to cost-effectively deliver advanced applications, including different iterations of video and data services emerging in the marketplace. It can be used to deliver uncompromising triple play services in an MDU deployment or used in a data intensive office environment.

"The MX-180-GE-LT provides a powerful management facility that delivers advanced IP capabilities, delivering secure, reliable and efficient voice, data and video services," said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone Technologies. "Zhone's newest MX solution enables service providers to substantially improve their offerings with compelling bundles over copper or existing fiber infrastructures at affordable costs."

The devices deliver Gigabit Ethernet Aggregation, Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) and Optical Networking Unit (ONU) features in a compact, hardened form-factor. The RJ45-connector model provides 24 Gigabit Ethernet fixed RJ45 copper downlink/subscriber ports and allows for a cost-effective method of deploying copper Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet services. The models also offer multiple Gigabit Ethernet uplink interfaces.

Zhone's MX family products are designed for easy configuration and management through a built-in Web Graphical Interface. The compact design allows for easy deployment in remote cabinets and space-constrained central offices. The Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on Zhone's MX products can be configured as linear, ring or aggregated links.

Zhone provides innovative access solutions, delivering voice, video and data services over copper and fiber. The company continues to demonstrate global growth for its industry-leading MXK™ by exceeding a total of more than 5,700 system deployments with over 150 service providers in 40 countries by the close of Q4 2013. For more information on Zhone's FiberHome™ portfolio 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.

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