MAY 13, 2009 â��Occam Networks Inc. (search Lightwave for Occam) has announced that Northern Arkansas Telephone (Flippin, AR) and Sledge Telephone (Sunflower, MS) have purchased Occam's BLC 6000 FTTP equipment to upgrade their networks. The two service providers selected Occam due to the products' scalability and flexibility, the company asserts.
Northern Arkansas purchased Occam's BLC 6312 GigE optical line terminals (OLTs) and BLC 2342 optical network terminals (ONTs) as part of a five-phase upgrade for one of its exchanges. Northern Arkansas is replacing its copper network with an all-FTTH network. Services that will leverage this investment will include a possible future deployment of high definition IPTV.
"Our original copper infrastructure has been around for decades," said Steven Sanders, Northern Arkansas's vice president and plant manager. "When it was time to rebuild our exchange we chose Occam because they have the right mindset in implementing and developing durable products. Everything they offer is scalable; as we move to the next technology, Occam can handle it."
Sledge Telephone deployed Occam's BLC 6312 OLTs, ON 2300 series ONTs, and BLC 6252 ADSL2Plus and POTS blade with Gigabit Ethernet to upgrade its mixed copper/fiber network. Sledge is upgrading nearly all of its exchanges to fiber, except for a small area where the carrier will maintain copper but shorten loop lengths to approximately 3,500 ft. This network upgrade will enable Sledge to provide business and residential subscribers with advanced broadband services including voice, data, and IP video.
"We've had a very positive experience with Occam. Their team is knowledgeable, easy to work with, and delivers on time," said Robert Sledge, president of Sledge Telephone. "We spent the better part of 1.5 years assessing different equipment. We wanted an Active Ethernet solution and Occam offered exactly what we required."
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