Burlington, VT installs ADC fiber management platform

Jan. 16, 2006
January 16, 2006 Minneapolis, MN -- The City of Burlington, Vermont has installed ADC's "Next Generation Fiber Frames" platform for the city's point-to-point fiber-optic network, which is operated by city-owned utility Burlington Telecom.

January 16, 2006 Minneapolis, MN -- The City of Burlington, Vermont has installed ADC's "Next Generation Fiber Frames" platform for the city's point-to-point fiber-optic network, which is operated by city-owned utility Burlington Telecom.

"We did our due diligence researching vendors," explains Chris Burns, project manager for the Burlington Telecom Project. "We looked at the traditional LGX-style frames from other large vendors. However, given the densities that we needed for fiber terminations and the sheer number of terminations, splitter arrangements, and the amount of patch cords between splitters and termination heads, it was essential for us to have a cable management system to accommodate very high take rates."

ADC says its Next Generation Fiber Frame is a high-density platform that provides unlimited expansion while optimizing fiber cable management, and is designed to fit a variety of termination, splice, and storage applications. According to the company, each frame is designed with an emphasis on superior cable management and ease of use, including features such as ample trough space for cable and jumpers, easy access to connectors, and storage for jumpers. The frames come factory-equipped with all cable management hardware including an integrated jumper storage panel.

"We currently have 6,048 fiber terminations with ADC, with an additional forecast of 4,000 terminations coming into our central office. So, right now, we have five bays of ADC Next Generation Fiber Frames - four for terminations and one for splitters," adds Burns. "Although we're in the early stages of FTTX deployment, we have a lot of fiber already in place as part of the first phase of the Burlington Telecom Project."

According to a press release, the first phase of Burlington Telecom's FTTX rollout involved building a 16.5-mile fiber-optic network to connect the principal buildings and facilities of city government; the next phase of the project will extend the voice, data, and video network to the entire municipality. Beginning in mid-January 2006, approximately 2,400 homes and businesses will be able to sign up for all three services in Burlington's initial service area. The open-access fiber network is to be completed in 2007.

"We are proud to help Burlington Telecom manage the fiber cable infrastructure that will carry virtually unlimited amounts of traffic and services," concludes Tom Huegerich, director of fiber product management for ADC.