Tullahoma Utilities Authority (TUA) plans to prepare its fiber to the premises (FTTP) network throughout Tullahoma, TN, for 10-Gbps broadband via deployment of new PON systems from Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX).
The utility was among the first municipal broadband providers, launching its LightTUBe fiber services in 2008. It launched an initiative to deliver gigabit broadband in 2012. The utility operates a fiber-optic broadband network of more than 200 miles within the city and serves approximately 40% of the Tullahoma market.
"We have been an early adopter of municipal fiber and we have seen the economic development benefits, first hand, of what fiber can bring to a community," said Brian Skelton, president of TUA. "We were in a position where we wanted to move quickly to ready our network for the next phase of its evolution. It was crucial to our continued success to have solutions that were intuitive to manage and provision, fast and easy to integrate into our existing network, and provided the highest levels of reliability and quality of experience."
TUA has chosen Calix to supply such technology. The broadband systems and software provider will deliver its Calix E7-2 Modular Access Systems, GigaCenter premises services delivery platforms, and 700GE optical network terminals (ONTs). The company also will supply its Compass cloud software platform for subscriber experience management. TUA will replace its legacy equipment with these new platforms.
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