HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jul 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — ADTRAN(R), Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, announced today that NTS Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xfone, Inc. (AMEX:XFN) and the largest non-ILEC telecommunications network in West Texas, has selected ADTRAN as its vendor of choice for its Broadband Stimulus Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) buildout. Exceptional reliability and unmatched scalability of the Total Access(R) 5000 GPON solution helped resolve a number of network hurdles that NTS faced in deploying high-definition IPTV and Over-the-Top (OTT) video services. This three-year FTTH project is scheduled to reach more than 25,000 subscribers by completion.
“ADTRAN helped to save our business. Our incumbent’s GPON solution proved to be less than reliable and could not handle the simultaneous demands of HD IPTV, OTT video and multi-megabit data services. When we trialed the Total Access 5000 it worked perfectly, eliminating the reliability issues we had been experiencing and providing the scalability we need to meet the critical demands of this project,” said Milton Schober, vice president, Data Services, NTS. “The Total Access 5000 is not only allowing us to meet our current needs for GPON, but it will allow us to grow our services quickly and easily. In fact, we have already added mobile backhaul and plans are already in place to add Active Ethernet in the near future.”
The ADTRAN Total Access 5000’s architecture enables service providers to protect their investment and future-proof their networks. With a multi-terabit backplane, the Total Access 5000 offers unmatched capacity and scalability. Using the industry’s widest range of access and transport modules, it is extremely flexible, allowing service providers to easily launch new services.
“Service providers of all types and sizes are quickly discovering that the Total Access 5000 is the perfect solution to meet their deployment needs,” said P. Steven Locke, vice president of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “The network is changing at a rapid pace and service providers must not only be able to address the needs of today, but also keep up with the demands of their customers and remain competitive. The Total Access 5000 provides a clear migration path, allowing service providers, like NTS, to reinvent their network continually to meet these changing demands.”
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NTS is using RF (a la Verizon FiOS) for delivering video to residential customers in the FTTH areas (Lubbock, Burkburnett, Littlefield). What's interesting is that the largest city (Lubbock) has the slowest internet speeds available: 15/3 for $40 per month. The two smaller towns have 20/5 and 40/10 for $40 and $60 per month, respectively, outrunning Suddenlink (the cableco in the area) on upload speeds forthat provider's equivalent packages.