Centennial de Puerto Rico taps Occam Networks for FTTB deployment

June 25, 2007
JUNE 25, 2007 -- According to Occam representatives, Centennial is Occam's first customer in the Caribbean region and its first business-only customer that is SIP-based.

JUNE 25, 2007 -- Centennial de Puerto Rico, the second largest telecommunications service provider in the commonwealth, has selected Occam Networks' (search for Occam Networks) Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) system, including Occam's new Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) voice functionality, as part of a strategy to expand its fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) Ethernet offering.

Centennial maintains more than 400,000 lines and provides wireline, wireless, and broadband data services in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Centennial also provides wireless service in parts of the U.S. Midwest and South. According to Occam representatives, Centennial is Occam's first customer in the Caribbean region and its first business-only customer that is SIP-based.

"We selected Occam based on the performance, reliability, and compatibility of the system," recalls Naji Khoury, assistant vice president of product management for Centennial. "Their products enable us to offer fiber- and copper-based services to our business customers using common SIP call control."

The CLEC maintains an extensive fiber layout and is deploying metro Ethernet to its business customer base for VoIP and data, including private VLANs for E-LAN services. Centennial says it has purchased and deployed Occam's BLC 6312 optical line terminal (OLT) blades, BLC 6440-01 optical packet transport blades, and 2342 optical fiber network terminals (ONTs).

"As a telco innovator in the Caribbean region, Centennial is an important part of Occam's growth strategy in North America," contends Nathan Harrell, vice president of sales for Occam Networks. "Occam is eager to expand its representation in the Caribbean and is committed to providing the products that will enable these telcos to offer new, exciting IP-based broadband services."

"SIP is rapidly becoming the VoIP control protocol of choice due to the wide variety of traditional and value-add features and services it enables telcos to offer," Harrell adds. "SIP reflects Occam's ongoing value of delivering advanced solutions to our telco customers to help them expand their product offerings and revenue opportunities."


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