MINNEAPOLIS and OAKLAND, Calif. — Today TE Connectivity (NYSE:TEC) and Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) announced a partnership to co-market Passive Optical LAN (POL) solutions to customers in a wide variety of sectors including government, healthcare, hospitality, education and finance. Growing demand for POL solutions using Zhone Technologies' FiberLAN and TE Connectivity's Optical LAN Solution (OLS) positions the companies to partner on marketing programs aimed at promoting the adoption of POL across multiple industries, and raising the awareness about the benefits of the technology.
"Robust, centralized security makes Passive Optical LAN solutions highly attractive for the government and finance sectors," said James Norrod, President and CEO, Zhone Technologies. "By joining forces with TE Connectivity, the industry-specific applications and benefits of our respective technologies - and how they work together - can be more quickly and fully appreciated."
The all-fiber networks created by Zhone Technologies' FiberLAN and TE Connectivity's OLS reduce infrastructure costs versus copper cabling and operate within a small footprint, as well as increase energy efficiency and security of the network. Moreover, these networks support the delivery of video, voice and Internet services, streamlining and accelerating deployments and reducing hardware costs for customers.
"This partnership complements and augments ongoing activities by both leaders in this field," added Jaxon Lang, general manager and vice president of TE Connectivity's Broadband Network Solutions. "While early adopters have fully embraced POL, there is still much more work ahead in educating enterprises large and small on the value of all-fiber networks for the office, building or campus."
For SouthEast Bank's 32,000 square feet retail branch and office in Knoxville, Tenn., Zhone Technologies and TE Connectivity's collaboration led to a faster, more powerful network while reducing physical space and heat dissipation. The fiber cabling infrastructure weighed only 40 pounds, compared to an estimated 2,400 pounds for an equivalent network using traditional copper LAN.
In another collaborative effort, the FiberLAN and OLS solutions were deployed to support a micro-community broadband model for Park Square at Seven Oaks, a 224 unit upscale residential community sprawling 14 acres in Bakersfield, Calif. Under this model, residents pay a flat monthly fee of $25, without the hassles of signing up for service, waiting for an installer or committing to long-term contracts.
"TE Connectivity and Zhone Technologies are both founding members of the Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN)," said Brian O'Connell of TE Connectivity, Director and Chairman-Elect of APOLAN. "I applaud this initiative for raising awareness and driving market adoption with an industry approach."
About TE Connectivity
TE Connectivity (NYSE: TEL) is a $14 billion global technology leader. Our connectivity and sensor solutions are essential in today's increasingly connected world. We collaborate with engineers to transform their concepts into creations - redefining what's possible using intelligent, efficient and high-performing TE products and solutions proven in harsh environments. Our 80,000 people, including 7,500 design engineers, partner with customers in over 150 countries across a wide range of industries. We believe EVERY CONNECTION COUNTS - www.TE.com.
About Zhone Technologies
Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in the fiber access market, 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, wastewater and CFC free.
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