Community Telecom Services chooses ADTRAN to replace Huawei FTTH equipment

Dec. 14, 2020
The deployment will include an expansion of services to parts of the area where the terrain made fiber rollouts expensive to deploy and maintain.

Community Telecom Services (CTS), a public utility owned by the city of Monticello and Wayne County, KY, has chosen ADTRAN to supply equipment to replace Huawei gear in the service provider’s fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband network. CTS will use the Total Access 5000 (TA5000) fiber access platform to enable fiber broadband in previously underserved communities in rural Kentucky.

CTS serves 3,300 subscribers across its footprint, near the edge of the Appalachian Mountains. Deployment of the TA5000 will enable the company to deliver FTTH broadband services via GPON now and XGS-PON in the future. The deployment will include an expansion of services to parts of the area where the terrain made fiber rollouts expensive to deploy and maintain.

The new PON systems also will improve services to business and institutional customers. For example, Monticello is home to several houseboat manufacturers. CTS also offers broadband services to the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment cooperative extension site in Wayne County.

“We needed to create a strong telecom foundation that would quickly and cost-effectively bring fiber-based services to the people of Monticello and Wayne County. ADTRAN’s TA5000 platform is the right solution for us because it meets our quality standards and it will also grow with us,” said Calvin McFarland, general manager for Community Telecom Services. “Unlike other vendors, ADTRAN was able to quickly deliver a high-quality solution at the right price point. These solutions will reduce customer issues, network downtime, and maintenance costs which means our subscribers will realize improved services from day one.”

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