Adtran, a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, says it has seen a record growth in the rise of gigabit service delivery for every type of service provider including utilities, multiple system operators, land developers and incumbent and competitive local exchange carrier providers.
In total, over 350 communities have leveraged the Adtran Gigabit services architecture for better connectivity at home, school and work. While providing Gigabit broadband has typically been a service associated with the incumbent carriers, non-traditional operators have recently seized the opportunity to empower communities and drive economic growth.
One such provider who has stepped up to meet the needs of their community is the Guadalupe Valley Electric Co-op, based in Gonzales, TX, USA. “Being located in a rural area, basic internet connectivity options were limited, much less high-speed Gigabit broadband. Our members and businesses were at a disadvantage without access to the ultra-fast broadband required to navigate today’s technology-driven economy,” said Tad Vernor of GVEC.
“By partnering with Adtran, we were able to expand our traditional utility offerings to fill the connectivity void in many of the communities in our region—something that would have been unheard of a few years ago. At the end of the day, our members are more concerned with whether or not they have access to much-needed high-speed connectivity as opposed to who is providing it. Having the ability to work with Adtran to be able to offer that vital connectivity piece for our local businesses and members has been a catalyst to the limitless economic opportunities available to our communities.”
In addition to its ongoing work with traditional Tier 1, 2 and 3 carriers, Adtran has also worked with non-traditional providers to help leverage Gigabit services to help communities transform, grow and connect, as shown in the following scenarios:
Utility – GVEC took its utilities offering to the next level for many of its South Central Texas residents when the previous broadband infrastructure provider was unable to deliver high-speed connectivity to support the regions’ manufacturing hub and food-related industries—featuring a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and big name culinary leaders.
MSO – Though a major metropolitan city, Houston did not have access to Gigabit broadband. enTouch, a communication company that provides broadband services to residential and commercial customers in the Houston metroplex, recognized the benefits of being the first to offer the high-speed Internet to residential customers in the city. The company now offers Internet, cable and phone bundles that enable Houston, TX, residents up to 1G speeds to enjoy online streaming, gaming and movie and photo downloads without lag.
CLEC – Advanced Communications Technology, a regional and local fibre optic network provider in Sheridan, Wyo., wanted to upgrade its outdated local access network to stimulate economic development in its service area. The company realized the Sheridan business community demanded the latest in next-generation services; therefore, ACT upgraded to a 10G network in order to future-proof the network to support continued advancements in technology.
“The broadband carrier landscape is undoubtedly evolving. In a relatively short amount of time, Adtran has seen people refuse to be limited by their geographic location and go above and beyond to ensure their communities, from rural Tennessee to Alaska, have the same economic opportunities as their urban counterparts,” said Mitch Fleming, VP service provider sales.
“Between advances in healthcare, education, land development and telecommunications technology, more communities across the country now have the broadband infrastructure and resources available to thrive economically. While initially considered unconventional, these various types of carriers have quickly proven that they are becoming integral players in delivering the Gigabit broadband that is transforming communities across the US.”