11 July 2003 Livermore, CA Lightwave -- Alloptic, Inc. announced that CSS Communications, an integrated communications provider (ICP), is deploying its Ethernet passive optical network (EPON) equipment as part of a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network capable of delivering high-speed data, voice, and video services to businesses and residents of the city of Bellingham, WA.
CSS Communications, a licensee providing services over the dark fiber networks of Public Utility District No. 1 of Whatcom County and the Port of Bellingham, reports that use of Alloptic's passive network components significantly reduces overall operating expenses over active networks, and delivers greater bandwidth at a lower cost per megabyte than alternative solutions. The company is installing Alloptic edgeGEAR equipment in central office (CO) facilities and Alloptic bizGEAR and homeGEAR optical network units (ONUs) at the customer premises to deliver high-speed data, Internet, private line, and T1 and traditional voice services to the community.
The new equipment replaces portions of the CSS Communications point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) infrastructure across a 30-mile network, allowing the company to extend its network core to as much as 20 km while reducing fiber costs, increasing network efficiency, and simplifying troubleshooting and other maintenance procedures by eliminating active components.
"Adding Alloptic's PON equipment to our mix of network technology offerings is a definite plus, fitting in ideally with our strategy to give customers the best of all technologies for their particular applications," said Ray Poorman, chief technology officer of CSS Communications. "This is the second deployment we've done with Alloptic, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results. We are delivering the bandwidth and service flexibility our customers want, while reducing maintenance costs and achieving longer reach deployments."
"We were looking to provide sufficient fiber to support the availability of the 'triple-play' of data, voice, and video services to our community, while ensuring that the network would be both flexible and future-proof," said Tom Anderson, general manager of the Public Utility District. "CSS Communications showed us how Alloptic's passive optical network would meet the community's needs while offering the added benefits of lower operating expenses."