Dalton Utilities selects General Bandwidth for FTTP deployment

19 August 2003 Austin, TX Lightwave--General Bandwidth, a telecommunications equipment provider enabling carriers to deliver enhanced voice services over broadband networks, has been selected by Dalton Utilities to deliver voice services over their new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network.

19 August 2003 Austin, TX Lightwave--General Bandwidth, a telecommunications equipment provider enabling carriers to deliver enhanced voice services over broadband networks, has been selected by Dalton Utilities to deliver voice services over their new fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. General Bandwidth's G6 platform is scheduled to be deployed this month for Dalton Utilities' OptiLink service, which provides the residents of Dalton, Georgia with an integrated communication service of voice, video, and high-speed data over an all-fiber access network.

"With the introduction of voice, video, and high-speed data services over our FTTP network, Dalton Utilities continues to bring innovation and exciting new services to address the growing needs of our community," said Sam Gilson, vice president of Information Technology of Dalton Utilities. "The General Bandwidth G6 platform enables us to deliver high quality voice over our FTTP network while providing us a migration strategy that ensures a seamless path to the next generation of innovation in voice and media services."

The G6 platform is a carrier class, voice-over-ATM and voice-over-IP access/media gateway. The NEBS Level 3 certified platform is a multi-application solution supporting aggregation of voice and data from multiple broadband access technologies (fiber, DSL, T1, and cable). With the platform's simultaneous support of multiple signaling protocols such as GR-303/TR-08, TGCP/MGCP, and SIP/PRI, the G6 platform can deliver a variety of profitable residential and business services from either legacy Class 5 switches or next generation softswitches.

Dalton Utilities has operated as a public utility since 1889. The utility provides potable water, electrical, natural gas, and wastewater treatment services to the City of Dalton and portions of Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Catoosa and Floyd counties. Beginning in 1999, Dalton Utilities branched into telecommunications. In addition to the broadband services currently being offered to large industrial commercial customers, Dalton Utilities' OptiLink services will be offered to business and residential customers as early as this month.

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