QCOL will deploy Zhone's MXK as its primary gigabit passive optical network (GPON) access platform for the new fiber-to-the-home network it is building to deliver triple-play services to customers.
QCOL has just over 2,000 subscribers across Fayette County, Penn., Garrett County, Md., and Preston County, W.Va., which define a swath running along Pennsylvania's southern border.
With the Zhone platform, QCOL will end up being able to provide customers with up to 1 Gbps capacity.
"The residential and business customers we serve are demanding increasing amounts of bandwidth. We sought a solution to address not only current, but future bandwidth requirements," explained Brian Frazee and Doug Friend, owners of QCOL. "We selected Zhone for the impressive density offered by eight-port GPON cards, along with the MXK's superior scale, effective network management capabilities and system flexibility to support multiples services in the same chassis. We were extremely intrigued by the cost savings anticipated for us and our customers."
Zhone said it has deployed more than 1,350 of its MXK platforms with more than 100 service providers globally in more than 40 countries.