ADTRAN FTTP strategy targets broadband stimulus plan

FEBRUARY 24, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. has announced what it termed "key elements" of its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) strategy, designed to strengthen the company's of access offerings.

FEBRUARY 24, 2009 -- ADTRAN Inc. (search Lightwave for ADTRAN) has announced what it termed "key elements" of its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) strategy, designed to strengthen the company's of access offerings. ADTRAN says its copper and fiber access products will enable carriers to cost-effectively expand broadband services to unserved and underserved areas targeted by the recently signed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

ADTRAN says its broadband access strategy has been built on a portfolio of Ethernet-based access products that address multiple network architectures, including fiber-to-the-node (FTTN), FTTP, fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC), IP DSLAMs, service migration, and multiservice access. These offerings are supported by a common management system and are accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (USDA RUS).

RUS has been allotted $2.5 billion of the total $4.7 billion devoted to broadband development in the Act.

As part of its FTTP strategy, Adtran says research and development efforts have been underway to deliver a wide range of differentiated optical network terminals (ONTs). ADTRAN will be introducing three new families of ONTs to address residential, business, and cell site applications.

New to ADTRAN's Total Access 300 Series ONTs are the Total Access 351 and Total Access 352 Single Family Unit (SFU) ONTs (available in March). These ONTs are designed to address the residential market with industry-leading voice, data, and video capabilities. Future models in this family of ONTs will include support for RF video, RF over Glass (RFoG), and Home Phoneline Networking Alliance (HPNA), which enable carriers to leverage existing coaxial cable to ease home installations. This family of ONTs will also include models to address multi-dwelling unit (MDU) applications.

The new ONTs leverage ADTRAN's voice over IP (VoIP) technology. Based on the ADTRAN Operating System (AOS), these devices are designed to offer unmatched SIP interoperability with a host of major softswitch vendors, as well as integrated statistics and tools that allow carriers to quickly and easily troubleshoot network configuration issues as well as monitor performance.

"ADTRAN offers a very comprehensive portfolio of FTTx products," said Michael Golob, vice president engineering and technology, Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR). "We benefit not only from the high data rates of fiber-optic transmission, but more importantly, the flexibility offered by a portfolio of Ethernet-based systems that can be easily configured for new customized service offerings."

"With a comprehensive suite of carrier-proven broadband access solutions for FTTx, along with continuing plans for innovative solutions on the horizon, ADTRAN is well positioned to help carriers and consumers maximize the benefits provided through the broadband stimulus plan," said Gary Bolton, vice president of global marketing, ADTRAN. "We have a firm foundation in broadband access with both copper- and fiber-based solutions and are experiencing phenomenal acceptance from our customers. This is only the beginning, with our goal to build market leadership by offering the most innovative and flexible portfolio of FTTx solutions on the market."

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