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Zhone’s Platform Selected by foreThought.net for Network Evolution to Multi-Service Access Strategy

2008-08-05 08:00:00

Zhone’s Platform Selected by foreThought.net for Network Evolution to Multi-Service Access Strategy

Fast-Growth CLEC Cuts Total Cost of Ownership by Over 50 Percent

through Single Platform Provisioning of EFM, Voice, and ADSL2+ Services

OAKLAND, Calif.–(EMWNews)–Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZHNE), a global leader in multi-service

access solutions, today announced that foreThought.net, a leading

Denver-based CLEC and Internet Service Provider has selected Zhones

MALC(TM) Multi-Service Access Platform (MSAP)

to provision premium EFM business services in addition to voice and

ADSL2+ throughout Denver and Colorado Springs. Prior to implementing

Zhones MSAP provisioning strategy,

foreThought.net utilized three disparate platforms from three separate

vendors to provide EFM, voice, and DSL services to its business and

residential customers.

As we move to the next stage of company

growth, its imperative that we can count on

our vendors to deliver and grow with us, said

Jawaid Bazyar, president and CEO of foreThought.net. Zhone

listens carefully to our needs and consistently delivers what and when

they say they will. Building out our network with Zhones

integrated solution portfolio also lays a great foundation for enhancing

our service mix while reducing our cost structure and maintaining highly

competitive rates.

ForeThought.net is one of the largest providers in the region and

recently quadrupled its service footprint, making it the fastest growing

operator serving Denver and Colorado Springs. The companys

access offerings include premium EFM business services, public Wi-Fi and

a full suite of voice and DSL services.

Zhones EFM solution enables ForeThought.net

to deliver speeds up to 2 to 28 times greater than T1 data rates at a

comparable price. ForeThought.net is also provisioning ADSL2+ and voice

using Zhones MALC high-density combo line

card. The net result minimizes training and field service, while

reducing space and power consumption for a total cost of ownership

savings of over 50 percent. With Zhones

MALC, foreThought.net also has the option of provisioning IP video and

Wi-Fi services via one integrated network architecture.

In addition to sizeable operational

efficiencies, our integrated access network strategy provides

foreThought.net a new level of network agility and manageability,

said Steven Glapa, VP of marketing and product management for Zhone. The

foreThought.net team will be able to leverage their Zhone infrastructure

to drive rapid service innovation for years to come.

About foreThought.net Communications

Simplified

Founded in 1995, foreThought.net is one of the largest locally owned

service providers in Colorado. foreThought.net provides business and

residential customers full service communications solutions including

voice, ultra high-speed data, public Wi-Fi and a competitive suite of

Internet hosting, email and e-commerce solutions. For more information,

visit: www.forethought.net.

About Zhone Technologies Access for a

Converging World

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZHNE) is a global leader in

multi-service access network solutions, serving more than 700 of the

worlds most innovative network operators.

The company offers the industrys broadest

fully-integrated portfolio of MSAP, FTTx, EFM and Wi-Fi

access technologies, enabling a full suite of services, including

residential and business broadband, VoIP, and High-Definition IPTV. Zhones

converged multi-service access platform helps operators rapidly deploy

premium services using copper, fiber, and wireless while improving

network agility and reducing costs. www.zhone.com

Zhone Investor Relations
Susie Choy, +1 510.777.7013
Fax: +1

510.777.7001
investor-relations@zhone.com
or
Zhone

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925.640.0989
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