APRIL 2, 2007 -- Adesta LLC (search for Adesta), a systems integrator and project management company for communication networks and security systems, announced that it has been awarded contracts from the Maryland Broadband Cooperative (MDBC) valued at over $8 million to design and build the first 140 mi in the Eastern Shore area of an open-access telecommunications infrastructure in Maryland's rural communities.
The MDBC is a universal access optical network designed to deliver an advanced, world-class broadband access to rural communities in eastern, southern, and western Maryland fostering economic development supported by its members who will provide last-mile services. Members can purchase low-cost access while building their market and customer base. Members can be existing and future competitive local exchange carriers or Internet Service Providers; businesses desiring their own internal communications networks; governmental agencies (federal, state, and local); and even existing incumbent carriers and cable television companies that desire expanded or improved coverage of their networks via a fiber optic backbone.
"MDBC is very pleased to be working with Adesta to design and build the optimum fiber-optic network for rural Maryland," said MDBC Executive Director Patrick Mitchell. "Their experience in the industry is critical to integrating future expansion of our network as funding becomes available. The availability of these broadband services will be key to improving the quality of life, increasing the labor pool for businesses considering relocating to the area, and drawing attention to the business friendly environment of Maryland."
"Adesta is proud to be chosen as a member of the team bringing this world class network to the rural communities of Maryland," said Bob Sommerfeld, President of Adesta. "Telecommunications network construction is at the core of our foundation. We look forward to working with the MDBC on the development of their network."
The first leg of the MDBC Network backbone runs from the NASA Flight Facility in Wallops, VA, north into Maryland, ending in Salisbury. Lateral connections will be constructed to several locations including UMES, MIST, and Salisbury University. Engineering and construction are underway on this segment and completion is scheduled for Q2 2007.
The second backbone section will travel north and west from Salisbury to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge through the cities of Cambridge and Easton. Included are diverse loops around the bypasses of Salisbury and Easton. Design and engineering are underway with full testing and turn-up planned for Q1 2008.
Adesta's turnkey operations will consist of design and construction of the fiber-optic network with 144 to 288 strands of dedicated fiber backbone. Adesta will provide and install an open-access SONET system, with an OC-192 backbone and smaller connections at lateral endpoints across segments of the network. These end points will connect to universities, industrial parks, and other points of interests such as business development and technology centers.
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