Occam Networks' MSAP supports advanced services in Polar Communications' FTTH network

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 -- To accommodate the expected growth in last-mile traffic, Polar is also deploying Occam's resilient 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) aggregation technology.

NOVEMBER 9, 2009 -- Occam Networks Inc., a broadband access supplier offering multiservice access platform (MSAP) equipment based on pure packet technologies, has announced that, as a result of increased demand for voice, high-speed data, and video services in North Dakota and portions of Minnesota, Polar Communications will immediately begin deploying a full FTTH network using the Occam Networks platform.

As service and operational requirements increased over the past six years, Polar realized that the company's long-term FTTN strategy would be unable to keep up with future demand. The solution was a shift to an FTTP strategy that began two years ago and will continue with the current Occam deployment. To accommodate the expected growth in last-mile traffic, Polar is also deploying Occam's resilient 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) aggregation technology.

Because DSL continues to play an important role in Polar's broadband network, the company will use Occam's BLC 6000 MSAP and the platform's common OS to simplify the hybrid copper, FTTP, and 10G aggregation network.

"Our long-term strategy is to continue a steady FTTH build, and when we are finished, go back and replace our original FTTN infrastructure by extending fiber to the home," says David Dunning, general manager and chief executive officer of Polar Communications. "Furthermore, we have already purchased Occam equipment to upgrade two larger exchanges to GPON next year. We plan to offer triple-play services to our subscribers, and Occam access equipment is a critical part of that strategy."

"Entertainment services such as IPTV, video-on-demand, and streaming media are driving upgrade strategies for service providers such as Polar," says Juan Vela, director, marketing and strategy at Occam Networks. "Consumers can enjoy a wide range of communication and entertainment services while service providers achieve rapid returns on their broadband investments as they transition to FTTP with Occam's solutions."


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