May 13, 2013 — HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, announced today that Marne Elk Horn Telephone is using ADTRAN’s Total Access broadband platform to underpin a network-wide upgrade of its last mile service offerings for local schools, residential subscribers and business customers in Southern Iowa. With the extensive bandwidth provided by the Total Access 5000, Marne Elk Horn is delivering Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services capable of supporting a range of in-demand services such as IPTV, high-speed internet and high-definition video. Marne Elk Horn Telephone is now able to profitably provide next generation services and make a difference in their local community.
A key benefactor of the new speed is the local school districts, which now have access to the high-speed, ultra broadband service needed to implement a 1:1 student laptop program, as well as enhance in-class learning opportunities with the availability of IPTV in every classroom.
“Our students have been able to gain a deeper understanding of concepts by use of video and other technology we previously did not have. The teachers are able to give students a broader view of the world by integrating current events into the lessons through IPTV and DVR capability,” said Dean Schnoes, superintendent, Exira-EHK Community Schools. “The technology provided by Marne Elk Horn Telephone and ADTRAN helps us give students a high-level education that enhances our teaching opportunity both in the classroom and at home with our 1:1 laptop initiative, where each student has independent access to a computer and Internet resources.”
“We selected ADTRAN’s FTTH platform because of the company’s reputation for providing best-in-class products and service along with the Total Access 5000’s unmatched flexibility to deliver multiple services all from a single platform,” said James Bieker, Central Office Installer, Marne Elk Horn Telephone. “With ADTRAN, we have been able to help young people receive a better education and assist our business customers increase revenue which enables them to provide local residents with more jobs. Our FTTH service has allowed our community to stay economically competitive with larger cities and towns in Iowa while continuing to enjoy the benefits of rural living.”
Today it is more essential than ever for rural communities to adopt next generation technologies in order to stay connected and stimulate economic opportunity locally, as well as be a part of a more highly connected business community. With ADTRAN’s FTTH solution, Marne Elk Horn Telephone is expanding its own addressable market and ensuring that the entire community is able to access a world of new possibilities and global opportunities.
“The deployment of innovative broadband technologies can have long-lasting and far-reaching implications for communities from how they teach their children to how they stay connected in an increasingly global marketplace,” said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “With ADTRAN, providers like Marne Elk Home Telephone can deploy a scalable, efficient service offering that meets their needs today, with an unmatched confidence that our company is ready to help them continue to evolve and grow as their own market develops.”