JUNE 25, 2009 -- Prairie Grove Telephone Co. (PGTelco) has chosen Clearfield Inc. (search Lightwave for Clearfield) as its fiber management supplier for its fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment. PGTelco is a family-owned and operated telephone company in Arkansas that is rolling out FTTH to portions of its 8500 customers in five exchanges within northwest Arkansas.
The project originated as a greenfield installation with the construction of new subdivisions in 2007. PGTelco chose Clearfield's FieldSmart Fiber Scalability Center (FSC) in an 864-port crossconnect configuration.
Clearfield asserts its Clearview Cassette, the building block upon which all Clearfield fiber management products are designed, has been a key element. Because housing developments are built over time, the Clearview Cassette enables PGTelco to add users in 12-port increments, economically adjusting the number of connections as more neighborhoods are completed.
According to PGTelco Outside Plant Manager Shane Bell, "This solution allows us to dictate how much feeder and distribution we need for our active fiber deployment and we can scale as we grow. And, since you do not have to purchase a fully-populated unit initially, the pricing is better than competitors."
That scalability is especially important because the company is also exploring the possibility of updating brownfield structures in older areas of the communities it serves, Clearfield adds.
Residents who will benefit from FTTH can expect voice over IP and superior Internet services, says Clearfield. IPTV may also be coming to PGTelco's customers soon.
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