ADTRAN announced that they have been selected by Frontier to upgrade portions of the 14 state territory acquired from Verizon. Frontier’s goal is to extend broadband to at least 85 percent of this customer base by 2013, suggesting a fairly significant deal for ADTRAN (although financial terms were not disclosed).
Frontier has been using ADTRAN already, but this deal consummates a more formal long-term partnership. “We are excited to extend our partnership with Frontier to enable customers in these new properties to receive the many benefits of broadband,” said P. Steven Locke, vice president of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division in a press release. Frontier primarily uses DSL as their access platform for broadband.
Frontier closed on the $8.6 billion transaction in which they bought 4.8 million access and 1 million broadband lines from Verizon back in 2010 and they have been quite busy meeting the goals and terms of that deal’s broadband requirements. Lots of promises regarding broadband upgrades to somewhat ignored Verizon rural markets were made – promises that will keep Frontier (and ADTRAN) busy for the next few years