North State Turns to Zhone ONT for Rapid IPTV Deployment

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North State Turns to Zhone ONT for Rapid IPTV Deployment
Large independent telecommunications and home entertainment company in North
Carolina leverages Zhone products to support Plex Advanced TV offering

Oakland, CA - Jan. 16, 2013 - Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE), a global
leader in FTTx network access solutions, today announced that its industry-
leading ONT was deployed by North State, a leading broadband and entertainment
provider based in High Point, North Carolina, to deliver IPTV and video services
via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).  As one of the largest independent communications
and home entertainment providers in North Carolina, North State maintains a
robust network comprising more than 68,000 miles of high-capacity fiber
delivering voice, video, broadband Internet for residential services and
networking, IP services, and critical back-up and disaster recovery solutions
for businesses.

In July 2012, North State enhanced their Plex Advanced TV offering, providing
customers the highest quality interactive TV services available.  Supported by
Zhone's cutting edge ONTs with integrated Residential Gateway functionality,
North State has since then moved more than 5,000 live customers to the new
platform. With Zhone as the access platform, the ONT acts as a smart device
providing full gateway functionality, thus eliminating the requirement for a
second device inside the home to control routing functionality needed to deliver
enhanced features.

"Zhone has proven to be a valuable partner in our growth strategy over the last
12 years, providing the technology solutions and support needed to design
flexible access networks for the latest service offerings," said Royster Tucker
III, chief operating officer of North State. "Zhone's support of our video
platform and the ability of the MXK system to rapidly and effectively support
our unique network traffic needs will help improve our ability to deliver IPTV
services effectively to our customers. With the migration flexibility of the
existing MALC installed base, we were able to ensure that the new network build,
utilizing the MXK system, would be completed cost-effectively."

Zhone's consistent leadership and solution efficiencies have not only enabled
North State Communications to expand the reach of its services, but rapidly
upgrade all of its offerings when needed to maintain a competitive edge.
 Innovative IPTV services, such as Plex Advanced TV, enable North State
Communications to deliver a consistent premium entertainment experience across
multiple screens and networks.

"The rapid deployment of Plex Advanced TV, using Zhone's MXK is a testament to
the unique flexibility we have in supporting a variety of Gigabit Passive
Optical Network (GPON) and Active Ethernet (AE) service models," said Brian
Caskey, chief marketing officer at Zhone. "Specifically, Zhone's MXK platform,
in combination with other solutions from the Zhone FiberHome(TM) portfolio,
provides the cost efficiency needed to deliver advanced triple-play services in
a highly competitive price range."

About Zhone Technologies
Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in all IP multi-
service access solutions, 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, 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.

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