CT Communications Selects Allied Telesis to Deliver Ethernet Broadband Services to Ohio Communities
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 24, 2010 – Allied Telesis, a global provider of next-generation Ethernet platforms and a leader in the deployment of converged multi-play networks, has been selected by CT Communications, one of Ohio’s leading independent telecommunications companies to deploy the next generation broadband network. CT Communications’ vision of the future will allow each subscriber the benefit of 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) high-speed access to content such as high-definition video and streaming entertainment from the Internet. The flexibility and scalability of the Allied Telesis iMAP (Intelligent Multiservice Access Platform) Active Ethernet product line allows CT Communications to create custom service bundles and subscriber packages now and in the future.
CT Communications’ decision for ultra-high bandwidth Active Ethernet technology comes in advance of comments by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski indicating the new National Broadband Policy will have a goal of 100 Mbps “squared” bandwidth enabling next-generation broadband Internet services. CT communications joins a number of service providers worldwide offering enhanced IP multi-play services using Allied Telesis advanced Ethernet access and fiber gateway products. Allied Telesis currently has more than 275,000 Active Ethernet ports in service.
“We chose the Allied Telesis Active Ethernet platform because we were confident it could support our network bandwidth needs, both today and in the future,” said Tim Bolander, director of Network Operations, CT Communications. “We recognized early-on the need for 100 Mbps symmetrical capabilities, and with Allied Telesis, we can improve service and deliver a strong quality of experience to our customers. We envision our implementation of the Allied Telesis solution as a model for the FCC’s National Broadband Plan.”
Initially, CT Communications will deploy Active Ethernet Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) to residences and businesses in the Urbana, West Liberty, and Bellefontaine, Ohio areas. In each implementation, customers will be migrated from the older broadband passive optical network (BPON) and digital subscriber line (DSL) systems to Active Ethernet FTTP.
The iMAP incorporates the proven multi-service, carrier-grade performance that service providers expect from Allied Telesis. With 10 Gigabit (Gb) ring protection, high-capacity switching, wire-speed line card interfaces with optical aggregation, and transport capabilities for Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) services, CT Communications gains maximum network reliability and the opportunity to offer its customers advanced multi-play applications. At the customer premise, the Allied Telesis iMG 7×6 MOD (intelligent multi-service gateway) serves as the optical network terminal. The iMG features enhanced Layer 2 functions, multiple data, and voice port options, as well as a modular HPNAv3 (Home Phoneline Networking Alliance) home networking interface.
“Our future-proof network deployment with CT Communications marks significant progress towards realizing Chairman Genachowski’s goal to expand to 100 Mbps broadband service to 100 million homes by 2020,” added Phil Jopa, chief technology officer, Allied Telesis. “We strongly support this effort to bring broadband to rural areas and assert that Active Ethernet is the ideal implementation for broadband networking.”
A core business requirement in CT Communications’ roll-out of its next-generation broadband services was its need for a unified management system. The Allied Telesis AlliedView™ unified network management system met CT Communications’ need, as it provides flow-through provisioning that will lower the total cost of ownership for CT Communications.
CT Communications joins a strategic list of Allied Telesis customers that have already deployed Active Ethernet for multi-play services. Customers include: Surewest Communications; Surry Telephone Membership Corporation; Wilkes Tel