Today Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) and Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a leading provider of fiber access transformation, announced a non-exclusive agreement to co-market an all-fiber network solution capable of deploying passive optical local area network (POL) and cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) on a common infrastructure –– Corning’s ONE TM Wireless Platform.
The result will be quicker installation, a smaller equipment footprint, and lower cost for enterprise companies.
“To meet today’s surging bandwidth demands, converged networks are becoming a necessity,” said James Norrod, president and CEO, Zhone Technologies. “Zhone’s alliance with Corning will enable enterprise customers to have faster, more reliable service on a unified network that is easy to implement and will optimize the network infrastructure.”
In the past, companies needed to use solutions from multiple vendors to build separate information technology and cellular networks. Leveraging Zhone’s innovative POL solution, FiberLAN, and Corning’s ONE Wireless Platform, customers can now deploy an integrated fiber network solution that includes both the electronics and passive fiber optic components in one converged solution.
"This agreement capitalizes on Corning’s expertise in optical connectivity and wireless design, and Zhone’s enterprise-ready fiber access solutions,” added Stuart Hoiness, senior vice president of enterprise markets for Corning Optical Communications. “We’re bringing together two leading providers of fiber-based solutions to deliver robust bandwidth to the edge of the network, giving customers greater flexibility, more scalability, and freedom from costly ‘rip and replace’ upgrades in the future.”
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About Zhone Technologies
Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in fiber access transformation for service providers and enterprise networks, 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.
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.