Georgia co-op Bulloch Telephone eyes ETI'S Triad for FTTP provisioning

November 7, 2005 Norcross, GA -- Bulloch Telephone Cooperative (Statesboro, GA) has selected ETI Software's CableBridge platform to automate provisioning of its Motorola National Authorization Service - Regional Access Controller (NAS RAC) system. Bulloch says its installation of CableBridge will provide a foundation for its pending upgrade to ETI's Triad platform, for automated provisioning of its Motorola AXSvision FTTP network, currently under construction.

Nov 7th, 2005

November 7, 2005 Norcross, GA -- Bulloch Telephone Cooperative (Statesboro, GA) has selected ETI Software's CableBridge platform to automate provisioning of its Motorola National Authorization Service - Regional Access Controller (NAS RAC) system. Bulloch says its installation of CableBridge will provide a foundation for its pending upgrade to ETI's Triad platform, for automated provisioning of its Motorola AXSvision FTTP network, currently under construction.

According to a press release, the CableBridge platform will be pre-integrated with Bulloch's telephone billing system to enable subscribers to receive a converged bill for all services. Additionally, the platform will enable the co-op to automate the activation of video services with no operator intervention, directly from its customer care and billing system.

ETI says its CableBridge platform is a standalone, Linux-based system designed to allow the introduction of subscriber video services, convergent statements, pay-per-view event management and customer premise equipment inventory management into existing enterprise billing systems.

"CableBridge provides us with an affordable, scalable method of provisioning video services to our growing subscriber base on a single, monthly bill," says Dennis Lewis, general manager of Bulloch Telephone Cooperative. "More importantly, it lays the foundation for an upgrade to ETI's Triad. Triad will enable us to rapidly activate video, data, and voice services over our new fiber-to-the-home network."

ETI says that upgrading to the Triad system will provide Bulloch with "out-of-the-box" functionality to automate the complex provisioning processes for the co-op's Motorola AXSvision FTTH network. The system is designed to automate activation of all service ports on the optical network terminal (ONT), the termination point of the FTTP network at the customer's service location.

ETI says the system also supports automatic discovery of new ONTs on the FTTP network, and can automatically provision these auto-discovered devices in real-time. According to the company, since the system also provisions Motorola digital video technologies, it eliminates multiple data entry points and the service errors and delays associated with manual, "swivel chair" processes.

"Telcos are under great pressure to add digital video services to their traditional voice and data offerings in order to remain competitive," concludes Pete Pifer, president and CEO of ETI Software. "ETI's Triad provides the tools they require to quickly and affordably deploy premium digital television services over their existing infrastructure."

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