July 19, 2006 Minneapolis, MN -- ADC's expanded OmniReach product offering of Fiber Access Terminals (FATs) and Fiber Distribution Hubs (FDHs) has been accepted by the Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP), formerly the Rural Utilities Services (RUS), for use in the distribution and access segments of telecommunications systems.
Through the RDUP Broadband Loan Program, which is designed to increase broadband deployment in rural communities, ADC will provide connectivity equipment that supports nationwide broadband and FTTx build-outs. Product acceptance by RUS means that ADC's OmniReach FATs and FDHs can be purchased and installed using RDUP loans or grants.
"We are proud to be able to contribute to the expansion of rural economic development by providing high-quality, cost effective FTTX solutions to RDUP borrowers," asserts Pat O'Brien, president of Global Connectivity Solutions for ADC. "ADC recognizes and appreciates the importance of providing advanced communications to all U.S. communities. These solutions enable the delivery of advanced technologies over fiber-based networks that are essential to foster economic growth for rural communities."
With the addition of ADC's new OmniReach non-metallic FAT to the list of RDUP-accepted solutions, ADC says it is able to offer a complete line of access terminals to RDUP borrowers. The OmniReach FAT provides a user-friendly platform for delivering fiber-optic service drops in FTTX deployment. These precision-engineered enclosures are designed for use in buried and underground cable plant installations for distributed terminal and splicing applications. Made of high-performance, outside plant-rated thermoplastic material, they provide maximum protection from extreme temperatures, high impact forces, and other destructive factors, say company representatives.
The OmniReach FDH 3000, the newest addition to ADC's established line of FDHs, is designed to meet and serve the distinct FTTx application needs of diverse markets and customer segments. According to the company, its FDH 3000 provides for rapid connection between fiber-optic cables and passive optical splitters in the outside plant segment of the network, facilitating fast service connection and reconfiguration and simplified network installation. Servicing from 72 to 864 subscribers, these enclosures offer the flexibility, modularity and 'craft friendliness' to support low- and high-density applications, different network system designs, and diverse installation environment requirements, says ADC.