Greek utility PPC taps Adtran for wholesale fibre network

Created November 18, 2022
News and Business

Adtran has announced that Greece’s biggest power utility, Public Power Corporation (PPC), is leveraging the Adtran end-to-end fibre broadband solution to launch its pilot high-speed wholesale network in the municipality of Peristeri, within the region of Attica. When expanded nationwide, PPC plans to support all local broadband service providers and connect over three million homes and businesses with fibre over the next four years.

PPC selected the Adtran open, disaggregated 10G fibre access platform to deploy its pilot broadband access network infrastructure. In the first phase of PPC’s fibre deployment, it is deploying PON technology across its existing power distribution network infrastructure to deliver wholesale gigabit services. Later, it can use the same fibre access network to introduce smart grid and other advanced grid modernisation applications to improve power network efficiency and operations.

PPC has approximately six million electricity customers, making it the leader in the wider market of Southeast Europe. Supporting the utility’s current sustainability, digitisation and growth initiatives, PPC wanted to deploy a future-proof, nationwide wholesale fibre network to expand its business opportunities and help connect its country to higher broadband speeds.

“We value Adtran’s experience in working with utilities to help launch greenfield broadband networks that deliver high-speed services and help further modernise and optimise the power distribution network,” said Alexandros Paterakis, Deputy CEO at Public Power Corporation. “From the beginning, Adtran’s level of engagement in the deployment process was a differentiator, and Adtran’s open solutions relieve us from being tied to one vendor. The platform’s open, disaggregated architecture provides us with network flexibility and scale.”

“Adtran is helping service providers, utilities and municipalities of every size and in every region of the world launch multi-gigabit fibre access services. Our open, disaggregated broadband access systems are proven to increase service velocity, lower integration and operations costs, and streamline operations,” said Stuart Broome, Vice President of Sales, EMEA, at Adtran. “The fibre access network architecture that PPC is using has rapidly evolved to encompass the benefits of web-scale data centre design principles, which afford operators efficiency gains in network buildout, service delivery and overall resource consumption. As a result, operators are realising elevated investor value and market competitiveness.”

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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.