Fujitsu to lead Michigan FTTP network expansion

Created January 17, 2020
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Fujitsu Network Communications, says it has finalised a design, construction, operations and maintenance agreement with Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) to help expand the utility’s fibre broadband network. As part of a new FTTP broadband initiative, the public power utility will build out coverage to bring affordable, ultra-fast internet and IP phone services to Traverse City, Michigan.

The utility currently delivers dark fibre services to a number of businesses and community anchor institutions, giving them a low-cost solution enabled by a recent substation modernisation. As part of a strategic goal to bring high-speed fibre broadband connectivity to the region’s businesses, public facilities and residents, TCL&P is investing in the expansion of their existing infrastructure to offer these services throughout the community.

“It’s in our DNA to provide our community with valued services that make a difference in the lives of those who work and live here,” said Tim Arends, executive director, Traverse City Light & Power. “That’s why we partnered with Fujitsu to develop a sound FTTP business plan detailing the financial, build and operational components for our utility to fill broadband connectivity gaps in our area.”

As the prime network integrator, Fujitsu will oversee and lead the entire FTTP broadband project including engineering design, integration, network construction, service installation, interoperability and testing. Fujitsu also will hire and establish a local operations team to manage the business operations and provide customer care services. The new gigabit fibre network will be maintained by Fujitsu’s 24/7 network operations centre based in Richardson, Texas. Construction will begin this month, and the utility expects to start offering service to approximately 2,000 of its customers during the spring of 2020.

“Fujitsu will deliver a turnkey, premiere broadband network that connects the Traverse City community and solidly positions it for new business investment, jobs and technology innovation,” said John Cafaro, senior client executive – vertical solutions, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.  “We’re doing what comes naturally for both TCL&P and Fujitsu, working together for the greater good of the community.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.