MARCH 31, 2010 -- Enablence Technologies Inc., a supplier of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment for triple-play residential and business services and optical components and subsystems for access, metro, and long-haul markets, is bringing advanced communications services to rural Nebraska with Cambridge Telephone Co.
Cambridge Telephone provides telecommunications services to a 365-square-mile coverage area in southwest Nebraska that includes the communities of Cambridge and Bartley. Like many rural telcos across the U.S. serving small communities, Cambridge Telephone found itself burdened with aging copper infrastructure no longer up to the task of delivering the advanced services its communities need to remain economically viable.
With funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, Cambridge Telephone embarked on a competitive process to find the right technology platform to replace its copper network with fiber. Cambridge Telephone selected Enablence’s Multi Media Aggregation Node (MAGNM), with capabilities as a fully distributed multi-service access platform built for broadband access and aggregation.
Cambridge Telephone will deploy the MAGNM, as well as Enablence’s optical network terminals (ONTs) and network management software, to support an Active Point-to-Point FTTH network that will deliver voice and data. An IP Video offering is planned at a later date. The fiber network is being rolled out in two exchanges, Cambridge and Bartley, to serve 750 active FTTH subscribers. A further rural build-out to connect an additional 750 subscribers will take place over the next two to three years.