Seeing an opportunity to provide a service that wasn’t available, ZCorum celebrated another first when they began offering wholesale Internet services to others who wanted to take advantage of the emerging Internet business. The company developed a unique business model that leveled out the costs for others who wanted to provide Internet service. ZCorum allowed providers to share the expensive and labor-intensive networking infrastructure, expertise and support services required to provide a competitive Internet service.
By paying a fixed amount for services as they added subscribers, these providers were able to offer the Internet to their customers without worrying about costs for additional equipment and technical staff, which helped them become profitable quickly. This success transitioned ZCorum from a retail ISP into a wholesale provider of managed services to hundreds of other Internet providers.
Beyond the Internet
Not resting on its laurels and ever mindful of the quicksilver changing of the broadband market, ZCorum continues to develop products that keep providers up to date and profitable. Innovation for broadband providers, including telephone and cable companies, municipalities, educational institutions and other independent service providers is the driving force that fuels the company’s continued growth.
Leadership Into the 21st Century
Hard on the heels of that successful product launch, ZCorum brought additional diagnostics tools to market. PreEqualization Analyzer is a DOCSIS Proactive Network Maintenance (PNM) tool that leverages the latest capabilities for locating issues in a cable plant before they impact subscribers. ZCorum didn’t stop there, launching two software-based spectrum analysis tools that slash costs and increase efficiency by lowering Capex, reducing truck rolls and shortening troubleshooting time. Upstream Analyzer gives cable operators remote access to upstream spectrum from any location, while the Remote Spectrum app allows an operator to view the downstream spectrum passing through a cable modem or set-top box from any location. With further proactive monitoring, downstream spectrum issues can be tackled before they become problematic with active polling and scanning of cable modem devices using SpectraVizion.
Continuing with this pace and answering the necessity to plan for IPv4 address depletion, ZCorum introduced A10’s Carrier Grade NAT solution that provides a means to conserve network providers’ IPv4 addresses until a course of action can be implemented to make the transition to IPv6. Plus, with DDoS attacks growing exponentially, A10’s Thunder TPS has been added to the product line-up to aid in the detection and elimination of multi-vector DDoS attacks.
No stone was left unturned as even video operators are now able to view key metrics and diagnostics for their network and subscribers through the use of SetTop VU. Operators can easily increase troubleshooting efficiency and tackle quality issues with the tool creating a more enjoyable video viewing experience for their subscribers.