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Zhone supplies Lebanese incumbent with metro Wi-Fi, VDSL2, ADSL2+ and EFM

Network access specialist Zhone has been named as Preferred Access Provider by the Lebanese-government-owned operator Ogero, which is seeking to expand IP network services nationwide. Public WiFi access throughout Beirut and ADSL2+, EFM and VDSL2 nationwide are the target.

Zhone Technologies has announced today that Ogero (Organisme de Gestion et d'Exploitation de l'ex Radio Orient), the incumbent telecoms operator of the Government of Lebanon, has named it as its preferred IP access equipment provider. Ogero has selected Zhone equipment to support several major projects which include public Wi-Fi access throughout the capital city of Beirut, and ADSL2+, EFM and VDSL2 deployments nationwide. 

As the national incumbent in Lebanon, Ogero has already rolled out services to over 75% of the country’s DSL subscriber base using Zhone’s MALC multi-service access platforms (MSAPs) and 8800 IP DSLAMs.

“For our newest network expansion, we are very happy to use Zhone’s equipment offering a thoroughly integrated solution for everything from high-reliability Wi-Fi to VDSL2, ADSL2+ and EFM,” said Dr Toufic Chebaro, Director of IT for Ogero. “Accessing multiple services on one consolidated platform eliminates redundancies and makes it easier to manage and scale so we can time the introduction of new services to the needs of our customers.”

Dr Chebaro underscored that selecting Zhone’s metro Wi-Fi solution enables Ogero to leverage its existing copper infrastructure and Zhone Management System (ZMS) which “significantly reduces cost of provisioning and operations.” In addition to metro Wi-Fi, Ogero will extend its ADSL2+ installed base and broaden its service portfolio to include VDSL2 and EFM using Zhone’s MALC. MALC’s any card/any slot/any service design, paired with Zhone’s operating system help Ogero to add differentiated new network services.

“In less than two years, Ogero has developed Lebanon’s network into a true 21st-century IP communications infrastructure with new and ambitious projects on the way,” said Steven Glapa, VP of Product Management and Marketing for Zhone. “We are wholly committed to OGERO as a vendor partner and energized by the prospects for continued innovation ahead.”

Ogero (Organisme de Gestion et d'Exploitation de l'ex Radio Orient) is the largest telecoms provider in Lebanon with a network that reaches 95% of the Lebanese territory and serves more than 650,000 subscribers. Established in 1972 under the Ministry of Telecommunications, Ogero now provides advanced business and residential voice and data services for national and international customers: its vision is to continuously introduce innovative and cost-effective products and services with outstanding quality of service.

** Zhone Technologies specialises in multi-service access solutions, serving more than 700 of the world's most innovative network operators. The company offers MSAP, FTTx, EFM and Wi-Fi access technologies, and is headquartered in California, although its MSAP products are all manufactured in the USA, in a facility that is emission, waste-water, and CFC free.

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