HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- ADTRAN, a leading provider of next-generation open networking and subscriber experience solutions, announced today at its 2019 CONNECT Press & Analyst Event that over a dozen new utility providers from the U.S. and Canada recently selected its Total Access 5000 fiber access platform as the foundation for a rich set of gigabit services in their communities.
Driven by the overwhelming benefits of a Gigabit Society, these utilities are leveraging their local presence, rights of way and service delivery experience to bring fiber broadband services to communities where these services otherwise would not be available.
For local utility companies serving rural areas, modernizing infrastructure often is a multi-stage effort that balances legacy investments with forward-facing technology. Solutions also must stand up to harsh climates, unforgiving geography and wide-ranging service areas that demand dependability. With its deep understanding of those challenges, ADTRAN has developed its broadband access platform, backed by service and support expertise. ADTRAN Total Access 5000 is designed to reduce capital outlay and provide investment protection in service provider network infrastructure while enabling the addition of new services over time. Additionally, ADTRAN works closely with electric and telephone cooperatives in rural areas as they add fiber to enable broadband and power management advantages, such as two-way communications between smart meters in customer homes and the power distribution network — ultimately providing more value at each step of a utility's infrastructure and fiber investment.
Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership (EMC), chose Total Access 5000 to support the addition the broadband services it offers, along with electric, to a handful of counties in northern Georgia and southwestern South Carolina. "ADTRAN is the ideal partner for us as they share our commitment to community, are delivering innovative, scalable products to market, and have the experience we can rely on as we build out our fiber network services," said Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Director of Engineering Daniel Frizzell said.
Likewise, municipally-owned Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU) of Clarksville, Ark., dedicated specific fibers to connect local anchor institutions across healthcare, government, education and public safety, said John Lester, general manager at CCU. "For example, the Clarksville School District has an exclusive pair of fibers around the entire core, over which we're able to provide 10 Gbps data transport between their buildings," he noted. "Ultimately, we believe CCU's Fiber-to-the-Home and -Business network and our solar power initiatives will differentiate Clarksville's economic development efforts from the crowd, growing our job base and positioning us for the Internet of Things revolution."
Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association, a member-owned cooperative serving six central Minnesota counties launched VIBRANT Broadband to deliver broadband services. The ADTRAN partnership gives Meeker "forward engineering and scalability, allowing us to futureproof our work," said VIBRANT Broadband Operations Manager Luke Johnson.
"Meeker's focus, as a member-owned cooperative, has always been to enhance the quality of life for our members and customers. This next step of providing fast broadband to areas otherwise unserved or underserved provides an equitable, competitive marketplace for our rural business and members," VIBRANT Broadband Operations Manager Luke Johnson said. "The benefits for business, health care, education and economic development will allow our members and customers to continue to enjoy their choice of a rural residence with the opportunities otherwise only available in neighboring communities. Partnering with ADTRAN was the clear choice due to forward engineering and scalability, allowing us to futureproof our network."
Douglas Fast Net, a subsidiary of Douglas Electric Cooperative, was one of the first providers to offer 1G broadband to residential customers in Oregon. Douglas Fast Net CEO Todd Way said: "We keep our community connected and are pleased to be able to offer the most reliable, resilient and fastest broadband services to our community and the companies and organizations that serve them. ADTRAN has consistently delivered superior technology that has enabled our network to surpass our customers' expectations and help them grow and flourish in a globally connected Gigabit economy."
ADTRAN's utility customer base has grown by 50% year-over-year as more utilities look to power their services offering with gigabit broadband. These utilities are often looking to transform their cities and towns into Smart Communities where libraries, police and fire departments, government buildings, downtown areas, and businesses are all connected. Communities with access to gigabit internet had a 1.1 percent higher per capita GDP, equating to approximately $1.4B in additional GDP over similarly situated communities, according to a report issued by the Fiber Broadband Association.
"Utilities have started to make a dramatic impact on those communities where fiber broadband services are not available, and we're pleased so many are selecting ADTRAN for their infrastructure partner on these network builds," ADTRAN Vice President of Sales for Americas and Head of Global Business Development Craig Stein said. "Understanding that many environments demand a staged approach to modernization, we developed our broadband platform to lower the barriers to advanced technology so that these customers can address the demand for innovative services and applications."
It would cost about $70 billion over 10 years to bring all-fiber fixed-access broadband to rural and small-town America, writes Fiber Broadband Association President and CEO Lisa Youngers in this month's exclusive BBWN column. The ROI? Priceless.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.
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