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May 19, 2015
Convergenze S.p.A. Utilizes Zhone Technologies' MXK Hardware to Provide Fiber-Based Triple-Play Services to Residents in Southern Italy

First service provider to deploy GPON access technology in Campania

OAKLAND, Calif., May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) announced that Convergenze S.p.A., a telecommunications company based in Southern Italy, is utilizing Zhone's MXK hardware to deploy ConFibra, the first Fiber To The Home (FTTH) solution available in the region of Campania. Convergenze has completed the deployment of Zhone's MXK Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) fiber access technology in the city of Capaccio-Paestum. This FTTH application allows residents to have access to reliable triple-play services, including voice, video and WiFi. By utilizing Zhone's market-leading hardware, Convergenze has increased network bandwidth and reach, while lowering service delivery costs and providing advanced services to its customers.

"We have transformed our business model by replacing leased copper lines with highly secure and space saving fiber lines that can deliver voice, video and WiFi services. Zhone's GPON solution and MXK hardware helped ease that transition so we can provide reliable service to customers," said Rosario Pingaro, Chief Executive Officer, Convergenze S.p.A. "We look forward to expanding this service to all 15,000 of our customers in Southern Italy."

Convergenze, a Zhone Technologies customer since 2009, began deploying fiber-based services in January 2015 after realizing Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology was diminishing, and there was a customer demand for increased connection speed and bandwidth. The FTTH application is the definitive solution to this problem, as it provides unlimited transmission capacity at the highest possible speed.

ConFibra is the latest service provided by Convergenze. Zhone's MXK-819 OLT serves as the backbone for the network, while the company's 2400 series ONTs are installed at residents' homes enabling customers to access the Internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Convergenze customers can simultaneously:

  • Send and receive music, video and high-definition movies in a very short time
  • Watch videos on demand and play online games
  • Make calls and video calls at low prices throughout Italy and the rest of the world
  • Work from home as easily as in the office

For more information about Zhone's service provider solutions visit www.zhone.com/service_provider/.

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.

Zhone, the Zhone logo, and all Zhone product names are trademarks of Zhone Technologies, Inc. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective holders. Specifications, products, and/or product names are all subject to change without notice.

About Convergenze S.p.A.

Convergenze S.p.A. is a joint-stock company operating in the sector of telecommunications, based in Southern Italy. They offer a wide range of innovative, customizable services that can meet the needs of any individual or collective customers. Their greatest strength lies in the skilled management and incompany staff, who work closely to provide and maintain the best services, solving any problems that may arise in real time.

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