Skip to content

More Bandwidth on Campus: Zhone Technologies Helps Educational Institutions Affordably Upgrade Networks to Meet Broadband Demands

Passive Optical LAN benefits school and university campuses by expanding bandwidth and improving Internet speeds

Oakland, CA — October 7, 2014 — The average college student owns seven technology devices according to a recent study. As more devices with Internet capabilities flood the market-a projected 30 billion by 2020-students are rapidly adopting new technologies and connecting to school resources while on-the-go, rather than heading to the library. Students also expect fast and reliable Internet to stream videos and download content in their dorm rooms. The result is a mounting flow of traffic that puts significant pressure on broadband infrastructure and overloads campus networks.
As a global leader in fiber access transformation for service providers and enterprise networks, Zhone Technologies, Inc. shares several reasons why schools and universities should consider transitioning to a fiber-based Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution, like Zhone’s FiberLAN, to improve bandwidth availability and network infrastructure.
POL allows educational institutions to meet the increased demand for bandwidth, while saving space, decreasing power consumption and increasing infrastructure lifespan. This technology ensures that the network is fully capable of meeting faculty and student needs for high-speed data, voice and video. Zhone’s FiberLAN solution is helping universities and other large campuses increase access to necessary applications and resources that improve productivity, while also providing enough bandwidth for students and staff to stream content for entertainment purposes.
“Passive Optical LAN is ideal for universities and large campuses that want to deliver fast and reliable Internet access to students and faculty, with a technology that’s better for the environment and more cost-effective for the campus,” said Brian Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone Technologies. “By implementing innovative POL technology, educational institutions are enabling better connectivity and more opportunities for advanced learning.”
The benefits of Passive Optical LAN can be broken down into three categories:

  • Financial Benefits, like increased revenue, decreased power utilisation and reduced CAPEX
  • Infrastructure Benefits, such as saved space, optimised architecture and increased lifespan
  • Business Benefits, which include a highly secure solution and a greener alternative

Zhone’s solution, FiberLAN, is a high-performance, high density GPON-based POL that delivers high speed voice, video and data to multi-level, multi-unit commercial and industrial complexes like hotels, campuses, bandwidth demanding desktops and work-stations. The solution conserves energy and reduces operating costs. Zhone has implemented its FiberLAN solution at several university and school campuses in North America.
Zhone continues to provide innovative access solutions, delivering voice, video and data services over copper and fiber. For more information on Zhone’s FiberHomeâ„¢ portfolio please visit

About Zhone Technologies
Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in fiber access transformation for service provider 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, waste-water and CFC free.

The Kenton Group are a distributor of Zhone Technologies products. For more information on The Kenton Group’s products and services contact +44(0)1322 552000 or email

Get in touch to talk about your project

We can help!

Our expert team are waiting for your call to assist!

Your Project

Whether you are at the beginning or ready to specify your project requirements we are ready to take your call.

The way forward

Every project is different, our expert team adapts and works with you towards your solution.

Search The Kenton Group