Tullahoma Utilities Board opts for Wave7 Optics equipment

OCTOBER 2, 2007 -- Tullahoma (Tennessee) Utilities Board (TUB) has selected the Wave7 Optics' Trident7 Universal Access Platform for a municipal FTTP network that will begin service to homes, businesses, and schools in late 3Q 2008.

OCTOBER 2, 2007 -- Tullahoma (Tennessee) Utilities Board (TUB) has selected the Wave7 Optics' (search for Wave7) Trident7 Universal Access Platform for a municipal FTTP network that will begin service to homes, businesses, and schools in late 3Q 2008.

TUB is a municipal public utility of the city of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and provides electricity, water, and wastewater services to the residents of Tullahoma and parts of the surrounding area. The utility will begin construction of this network -- a $16.9 million project that will cover the entire city limits -- later this year and expects to complete the project in 2010. Owned and operated by TUB, the network will offer voice, very high-speed data (greater than 20 Mbits/sec), and a 200-channel IPTV offering that will include many video on demand (VOD) options, including several local VOD options.

Tullahoma is a city of approximately 20,000 located between Chattanooga and Nashville.

TUB has selected the Trident7 Universal Access Platform deployed in its GPON FTTP configuration. The board will deploy Trident7 optical line terminals in a single central office facility, where they are integrating them with phone switching equipment, routers from Cisco, and middleware from Minerva.

"We embarked upon this project because we saw the community falling behind in broadband infrastructure, especially when it comes to high-speed data services," said Brian Skelton, general manager, TUB. "We're also doing it in the spirit of increased choice and competition for our residents and business owners. Having this type of infrastructure in place also will help us compete with other regions for new businesses and, as such, will serve as a spur for economic development."

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