Zhone Technologies, Inc, a provider of telecommunications networking equipment, announced on Wednesday that through a partnership with BTC Networks, Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), a mobile voice and data service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is utilizing Zhone's MXK Optical Line Termination (OLT) for its nationwide Fiber network.
The network will deliver fixed broadband services to residential and business customers using Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology. The MXK OLT will also be used to provision business services and transport mobile backhaul network traffic, according to Zhone (Oakland, Calif., USA).
Through Zhone technology , Mobily will deliver internet access and video services to customers through the FTTx offerings. Mobily plans to leverage the same technology to backhaul part of the 2G and 3G traffic for its over 18 million mobile subscribers in the Kingdom. Mobily's network covers all cities and major towns in the Kingdom and more than 22,000 km of highways.
Saudi Arabia remains one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the Middle East. Currently, fixed telephony lines stand at 4.5 million with over 3.4 million lines in residences and homes, representing roughly 69% of the households in the Kingdom. Fixed broadband subscriptions stood at over 2 million subscribers at the end of June 2011, representing over 33% of the household penetration. Currently, over 80% of the fixed broadband users are utilizing xDSL for their broadband services in the Kingdom.
To date, Zhone has deployed over 2,600 of its fully redundant, carrier-grade all-IP MXK platforms with more than 150 service providers in more than 40 countries globally, according to the company.