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GPON Solution for World Leading Luxury Resort

The Great Barrier Reef’s Lizard Island Resort has chosen to install a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution to enable delivery of the resort’s state of the art triple play network. The GPON solution includes AFL connectivity, including pre-terminated fibre optic cable, splice enclosures and optical splitters (1:32) with Zhone’s MXK-198 OLTs (Optical Line Terminals) and 2426 ONUs (Optical Network Units).

Lizard Island is truly secluded from the rest of the world. It is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef.

A National Park covering 1,013 hectares with 24 sandy beaches and a lagoon, Lizard Island is accessible only by private charter from Cairns Airport in northern Queensland, Australia. Cairns Airport is accessible from all major Australian airports and directly from some cities in Asia.

The award winning resort, consistently ranked as one of the world’s best, features 40 elegant rooms and suites with a wealth of indulgent activities to choose from including diving, snorkelling and pampering spa treatments, ensuring Lizard Island is reserved for a fortunate few to enjoy a luxurious holiday like no other.

The exclusive resort prides itself on providing an experience of a lifetime for each of its guests, with its investment in technology helping to improve that experience further. Investing in the latest IP based technology, Lizard Island chose to implement a future-proof solution comprising VoIP telephony, managed wireless access points, data networking and IPTV. The IPTV system utilises STB-free Samsung Smart-TVs which provides free to air television, Foxtel and the latest movies on demand for the ultimate guest experience. Additionally, digital signage has been incorporated to enable communication of key resort messaging around the resort.

AFL’s Senior Product Manager, Michael Scarano, commented: “The investment in state of the art fibre optic based networking is testament to Lizard Island Resort’s commitment to the customer experience. The Zhone GPON network has been fully integrated with an Alcatel VoIP system, Ruckus access points and TriplePlay Services guest entertainment solution. Whether it’s fibre to the home, hotel room or desktop, GPON based fibre optic installations are becoming more common place in organisations investing in a future ready platform capable of delivering the services they need now with the flexibility and scalability to grow as demands change. Our partnership with Zhone Technologies, an industry leader in GPON, combined with our rich history as a fibre optic solutions provider has been a real enabler for customers.”

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