17 December 2003 Horsham, PA, and Andover, MA Lightwave -- Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector and Quantum Bridge Communications Inc. today announced that the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has chosen the companies to provide a Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) network to deliver voice, video, and data to select residents in the city.
City of Palo Alto Utilities intends to replace its legacy infrastructure and is currently in trials with the FTTP solution from Motorola and Quantum Bridge. The voice, video, and data network will ultimately deliver services to the 26,000 residents of Palo Alto, CA.
"City of Palo Alto Utilities is proud to work with leaders such as Motorola Broadband and Quantum Bridge in building a standards-based FTTP solution that has the potential to benefit all residents," asserts Manuel Topete, project coordinator of CPAU. "Their combined experience has resulted in a robust system that is easy to deploy, provides high data throughput, and demonstrates best-in-class video quality."
"A surprising benefit of this fiber-based technology is the tremendous reliability it provides," adds Bob Harrington, a Palo Alto resident and user of the City of Palo Alto Utilities FTTP solution. "I had become accustomed to delays and difficulties when accessing the Internet, due to a slow connection that was frequently dropped. CPAU's new connectivity option eliminates the waiting--allowing me to be much more productive."
Tony Zona, president and CEO of Quantum Bridge, believes the contract represents a new wave of municipal telecommunications. "By deploying a fiber network throughout the city, Palo Alto will be equipped with a powerful communications infrastructure that will improve the quality of life for its residents."
The City of Palo Alto Utilities is the only municipal utility in California that operates city-owned utility services that include electric, fiber-optic, natural gas, water, and sewer services.