MAY 20, 2008 -- Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative (FTC), an independent telecommunication services provider based in Rainsville, AL, is using ADC's (search for ADC) Next Generation Frame (NGF) to deploy fiber to customers in its central office and wire centers in northeast Alabama.
FTC, the largest member-owned telecom co-op in Alabama, is carrying out a long-term plan to upgrade its existing network and deliver more bandwidth by deploying fiber to approximately 20,000 subscribers in Dekalb and Jackson counties. FTC used an Active Ethernet architecture to deliver advanced broadband services, enabling the services provider to deliver 100-Mbit/sec access to each customer. "Active Ethernet offers considerably more bandwidth right out of the gate," said David Garrett, central office manager for FTC.
Additionally, FTC chose a fully integrated IP/Ethernet-based access offering from ADC for Gigabit Ethernet transport. This enables FTC to monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot all broadband services through one platform, ADC says.
ADC helped FTC manage the increased amount of fiber and FTC's limited physical space within its wire centers with the NGF. ADC says its NGF features a small footprint to maximize available space, ample trough space for cable, and 12 high-density blocks per frame.
FTC, under a tight deadline to build a fiber network for DeKalb County's school system, brought in ADC's field engineers to help them implement one of their first NGF deployments, which connected half of the schools in the county.
"Hands-on training is usually the best kind, and that's exactly what we got from ADC," said Garrett. "After that, we were able to do our own NGF design and installation, which saves us time and money. With a target completion date for fiber overlay of 2015, we are confident in ADC's solutions and training as we continue to modernize our network."
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