30 July 2003 Minneapolis, MN Lightwave -- Fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) equipment supplier Optical Solutions has announced that Oxford Networks will deploy its FiberPath platform to the Lewiston and Auburn communities in Maine, a service area with over 60,000 residents approximately 30 miles northwest of Portland.
Oxford Networks started as a local telephone and telegraph company back in1900. The company has since aggressively expanded into a multi-market, full-service telecommunications, data, and video company, serving residential and business customers throughout central and western Maine, and also providing long haul fiber-optic services between Bangor and New Hampshire.
"We held community focus groups earlier this year, and residents and local businesses told us upfront that they wanted telephone, high-speed Internet, and video services all bundled together into a single monthly bill," explains Oxford Networks president and chief executive officer Rick Anstey. "With our new fiber-optic network, we are now able to deliver all the high bandwidth broadband services that our new subscribers are looking for--and at the right price."
Lewiston and Auburn are known as the "Cities of the Androscoggin" and lie on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Maine. Lewiston and Auburn sit between the natural settings of Maine's western lakes and mountains and the state's rocky coastlines.
"Many of our local subscribers travel an hour and a half--one way--from Lewiston or Auburn to go to work every day," notes Brian Paul, vice president of business development at Oxford. "We believe our new FTTP network will spur business growth in the area and help ensure our subscribers stay and grow their families or relocate here."
Oxford Networks is deploying Optical Solutions' FiberPath system, which is based on a passive optical network (PON) architecture. FiberPath will deliver high-speed data, hundreds of channels of switched digital video, and multiple lifeline-quality voice connections, all on the same fiber network. FiberPath also will help position Oxford Networks to deliver high definition television (HDTV) as that new service expands its availability.