ADTRAN, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN) says that North Alabama Electric Cooperative has selected ADTRAN’s flagship product, the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP), as well as Total Access 300 Series ONTs Full suite of NetVanta routers and switches for a project that will combine fiber to the home (FTTH) with smart grid capabilities.
The utility cooperative will leverage the Total Access 5000 platform’s GPON and Active Ethernet FTTH capabilities to deliver broadband services to unserved and underserved rural communities. The deployment also will enable the electric utility’s subscribers to move from time-of-day rate models to demand response rate models, and energy consumption can be monitored and adjusted in real time, asserts ADTRAN.
The fiber infrastructure will also allow North Alabama to better communicate with the Tennessee Valley Authority, says ADTRAN and support near real-time meter readings that will enable demand response for power generation.
North Alabama selected the Total Access 5000 because it provides the flexibility and scalability to configure and provision advanced triple-play services from a single platform, claims ADTRAN.
Said Bruce Purdy, general manager, North Alabama Electric Cooperative, “The Total Access 5000 combined with ADTRAN’s broadband portfolio has allowed us to become a model in the industry. Cooperatives from throughout the country are calling us for details of our deployments and asking to tour our facilities. They want to replicate the success we have experienced by offering entirely new, cutting-edge, revenue-generating services to existing electric customers.”