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Zhone Supports Birch Communications' IP Network Upgrade

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Zhone Supports Birch Communications' IP Network Upgrade


January 08, 2009

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Zhone’s MALC multi-service access platform (MSAP) is supporting Birch Communications’ IP network upgrade extending from Dallas/Ft. Worth to north and central Texas.

Ranked as one of the fastest-growth companies in Georgia, the Atlanta based Birch Communications aims to migrate to an all-packet network throughout its 31 state footprint. The company expects to get good ROI and also ensure maximum value for its customers by delivering all of its access offerings, including EFM, ADSL2+, T1 and voice over Internet Protocol via one integrated platform.
Birch selected Zhone’s MSAP for a number of reasons. The platform helps them save equipment overhead, power and field training and also deliver to its customer’s high functionality over copper, fiber or Wi-Fi networks.
“There is a race to help carriers realize the inherent efficiency gains by migrating to IP networks and MSAP provisioning,” said Steven Glapa, Zhone’s VP of product management and marketing.
He noted that through its network strategy, Birch is setting standards for fast-growth service providers who are adapting to escalating demands for ultra high efficiency IP networks. Zhone’s MSAP has helped Birch to provision higher profit, higher performance access services while cutting ownership costs by up to 50 percent.
Explaining the reason behind choosing Zhone, Tom Stachowiak, VP of Engineering for Birch Communications said that they were impressed by Zhone’s reputation as a premier, best-in-class IP equipment provider with over 700 operator deployments across the globe.
“Our customers have extremely high expectations for Birch’s reliability, and the capabilities of the Birch network and Zhone’s equipment is operating flawlessly,” he added.
According to Chris Aversano, COO for Birch, their new IP network upgrades allow them to provide more features, flexibility and savings to Texas businesses. Secure and private IP technology has enabled Birch to offer its customers unique bundled local voice and high speed internet services, including T1 services at very attractive price points.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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