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Zhone and CopperCom Demonstrate Interoperability with Deployment at Kentucky IOC; Kentucky Telephone Company Stays Competitive with Joint Solution for the Delivery of Next-Gen Voice and Data Services.

OAKLAND, Calif. & BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Zhone Technologies (Nasdaq:ZHNE), the first company dedicated to building total-delivery solutions for voice, data and content services worldwide, and CopperCom, a leader in next-generation softswitches, today announced the completion of interoperability testing and a successful joint implementation at Kentucky Telephone Company, one of the premier providers of local, long distance, Internet and data services in Kentucky.

Kentucky Telephone Company, an independent operating company (IOC), is deploying Zhone's Multi-Access Line Concentrator (MALC(TM)) Next-Generation Packet Loop Carrier and CopperCom's Converged Switching eXchange(R) (CSX) softswitch to deliver advanced communication services to its customers. The joint solution is enabling Kentucky Telephone Company to provide the scope and scale of services to its 3000 subscribers only previously available to major metropolitan markets, including voice and data across its entire 5000-square mile service area.

"Zhone and CopperCom are providing us with a flexible architecture that is allowing us to better serve our customers today and expand into new services tomorrow," said Joe McClung, president, Kentucky Telephone Company. "Their joint solution enables us to make the most of our current infrastructure investments to preserve existing revenue, and also to lay the groundwork for a vast array of future services based on pure packet and cell technologies."

CopperCom switches enable local and long-distance service providers to migrate their networks to revenue-generating, next-generation IP services without fear of technical glitches. Its flagship product, the CSX, offers the most robust feature set on the market, ranging from advanced VoIP services to a full set of legacy Class 4 and Class 5 services. Significantly, the CopperCom CSX has been deployed as a replacement for every type of legacy switch currently in operation. Together with Zhone's Single Line Multi-Service (SLMS(TM)) architecture, the CSX provides a blueprint for carriers to consolidate copper and fiber into a single integrated packet infrastructure supporting multiple services transport options.

The two companies successfully achieved interoperability between their products following extensive testing conducted at CopperCom's Interoperability Testing Lab located in Boca Raton, Florida. The lab is recognized within the telecommunications industry as a state-of-the-art facility equipped to verify and support the operation of collaborative communication solutions, such as the one implemented by Kentucky Telephone Company.

"Zhone is pleased to work with CopperCom in enabling new services at Kentucky Telephone," said David Markowitz, vice president of marketing for Zhone. "Expanding our technology through partnerships with leading softswitch vendors, like CopperCom, accelerates the value of Zhone's product portfolio to our customers."

"We are committed to helping IOCs, such as Kentucky Telephone Company, make a smooth transition from a legacy switch-based network to next-generation IP communications," said Mel Ethem, vice president, sales, CopperCom. "By combining our state-of-the-art softswitch technology with Zhone's innovative voice and data solutions, Kentucky Telephone Company is positioned to offer its customers a compelling upgrade from traditional communication services."

About Kentucky Telephone Company

For more information, please visit: http://www.bgtelco.com/.

About CopperCom

CopperCom, Inc. provides innovative, next-generation switching solutions for communications carriers. The company develops and delivers comprehensive solutions for carriers making the challenging transition to next-generation services or deploying leading-edge IP networks, from the ground up. The combination of CopperCom's technology and experienced management team make it the ideal partner for service providers seeking to flourish and expand in a competitive environment.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., CopperCom has been in the communications business for more than two decades. It is a subsidiary of The Heico Companies, an approximately $2.5-billion dollar diversified organization specializing in the management of sector-leading companies. Heico offers the corporate strength, resources and leadership necessary to support CopperCom customers in their move to next-generation services. Additional information can be found at www.coppercom.com.

About Zhone Technologies, Inc. (Zhone)

Zhone designs and manufactures network equipment for network operators worldwide. Zhone's products allow network operators to deliver a rich array of voice, data, video, and entertainment services over their existing networks while simultaneously retooling for converged packet based voice (VoIP) and video (IPTV) over copper or fiber access lines.

Zhone's advanced networking solutions include the Single Line Multi-Service architecture (SLMS(TM)), Multi-Access Line Concentrator (MALC(TM)), Raptor(TM) ATM/IP DSLAMs, Zhone Residential Gateways (ZRG(TM)), GigaMux(TM) Optical Transport Systems and Zhone Management System (ZMS(TM)). With deployments at over 300 carriers including among some of the world's largest networks, Zhone has enabled network operators to reinvent their businesses. For more information, please visit http://www.zhone.com.

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. Copyright (C) 2006 Zhone Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.

CopperCom is a trademark, and CSX a registered trademark of CopperCom, Inc.

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