Rice Belt Telephone goes GPON for FTTP

JULY 1, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. says that Rice Belt Telephone, an independent telephone company based in Arkansas, has selected the Total Access 5000 for its GPON fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployments.

JULY 1, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. (search Lightwave for ADTRAN) says that Rice Belt Telephone, an independent telephone company based in Arkansas, has selected the Total Access 5000 for its GPON fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) deployments.

The ADTRAN Total Access 5000 is a multi-service access and aggregation platform designed to bridges the gap between existing and next-generation networks. With an all-Ethernet core, the Total Access 5000 supports both legacy and emerging services.

"ADTRAN presented a solution that will allow us to provide our customers the most advanced services over the next 20 years," said Bob Pierson, president, Rice Belt Telephone. "We looked at several access vendors and none could provide us with a solution as advanced as ADTRAN's Total Access 5000. Coupling that with ADTRAN's proven financial history and 10-year warranty made the decision an easy one. We had to ensure that the vendor we selected would be stable and secure and that's exactly what we have with ADTRAN."

P. Steven Locke, vice president of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division, said of Rice Belt Telephone, "Their network migration enables the access network to handle bandwidth-intensive applications with the extraordinary capacity of GPON. We are getting an incredible amount of traction with our FTTP solutions as service providers ready themselves for the bandwidth hurdles of tomorrow, and GPON is the logical standards-based solution for this challenge."

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