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HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced that its Total Access® 5000 broadband platform is enabling United Communications to upgrade its network to deliver high-bandwidth triple play services to its subscriber base in central Tennessee. With over 20,000 access lines deployed, United Communications is now able to deliver a rich set of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services – including video, voice and data – that rival any found in any metro network across the country.

United Communications chose ADTRAN to meet the growing demand from residential and business customers for next-generation services like IPTV and to increase network bandwidth for popular activities such as online gaming, photo sharing and video streaming, and critical business communications. One advantage of leveraging ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 for this broadband deployment is that United Communications is now able to perform this upgrade over both its existing copper and new fiber infrastructures, scale higher value services quickly and reach a broader set of customers with these advanced services.

The flexible and innovative design of ADTRAN’s broadband access platform allows United Communications to economically address both legacy and next-generation services. By reducing loop lengths to maximize the performance of the VDSL and ADSL2+ copper access technologies in their network, United Communications can deliver ultra-broadband speeds over their copper infrastructure with ADTRAN’s Total Access 1100 series sealed Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) broadband access solutions. The combination of the Total Access 1100 series and the Total Access 5000 platform gives United Communications a migration path toward a converged network architecture which will reduce both capital and operational expenses moving forward. As United Communications continues to deploy even more fiber in their network, they are now able to expand the availability of faster broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps all from a single platform. The Total Access 5000 system functions as a full featured FTTH and FTTN aggregator and flexible access platform that enables United Communications the ability to meet a variety of legacy and emerging service requirements while accommodating growth in their network.

“We have offered voice and data services to our customers for a while now, but when we looked at adding a complete triple play offering to meet our subscriber demand we found that our old solution wasn’t scalable and could not reach across our entire footprint,” said William Bradford, president and CEO, United Communications. “ADTRAN’s broadband access solutions not only give us the bandwidth we need today, but also provide a migration path forward that allows us to stay competitive in our market in the long run. The personal attention and support ADTRAN gave us during our upgrade enabled us to design, test, and launch our upgraded network in less than 90 days.”

“Consumer demand for immediate online access to their favorite TV shows, music and movies is really changing the way that service providers, like United Communications, do business. A triple play service offering is now a ‘must have’ value proposition in order to remain competitive in the market,” said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president of sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “Part of the challenge for service providers is to offer these advanced services while utilizing existing infrastructure and maintaining legacy services with minimal customer impact. ADTRAN’s broadband access solutions allow service providers maximum flexibility in deploying FTTH solutions across both copper and fiber as well as the scalability needed to accommodate network growth into the future.”

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