JANUARY 13, 2010 -- Building on the success of its deployment of Occam Networks' ADSL2Plus equipment, Wabash Mutual Telephone is now deploying Occam's FTTP equipment in new areas within and beyond its existing footprint. Occam Networks' multiservice access platform (MSAP) equipment is based on pure packet technologies.
"We compared Occam's GPON solution with other vendors and performed field trials for four months before finalizing our selection. At the end of the day, Occam's GPON with 10-Gigabit capabilities, flexibility, and ease of deployment tipped the scales in their favor," says Mike Boley, Wabash Mutual's president. "Their solutions delivered higher performance and easier operation than the competitive solutions we reviewed."
Wabash Mutual deployed Occam's ADSL2Plus equipment in 2005 as part of its triple-play strategy. Now all of Wabash Mutual's ILEC service area receives ADSL2Plus service. The service provider is completing a competitive FTTH overbuild with Occam equipment that will include a series of 10-Gigabit middle-mile transport rings feeding Gigabit Ethernet FTTH access nodes. The first of these rings already provides network connectivity to broadband subscribers in rural communities.
Boley adds, "In test deployments of Occam's Active Ethernet solutions, we installed the BLC 6000, turned it up, and walked away. Its ease of use is extraordinary."
"Rural broadband providers are aggressively migrating to FTTP while finding creative ways to increase revenue streams. Some create new services, some expand their service footprints. Wabash is doing both," notes Juan Vela, Occam's director of solutions marketing and strategy. "The BLC 6000 -- a simple, converged broadband access platform -- has the performance, flexibility, and ease of use that progressive operators like Wabash need to successfully reinvent themselves around broadband."