Allied Telesis brings FTTH to U.S. service members in Japan
The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted Allied Telesis to deploy the FTTH connections to approximately 3300 residential units at Misawa Air Base.
Allied Telesis is reportedly delivering Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to service personnel in their residences at Japan’s Misawa Air Base using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology.
The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted Allied Telesis to deploy the FTTH connections to approximately 3300 residential units at Misawa Air Base, which is located in Misawa City, about 400 miles north of Tokyo. In addition to Gigabit Ethernet, Allied Telesis uses the FTTH connection to provide IP telephone service. Each telephone subscriber can select a number with one of 50 U.S. area codes so U.S.-based friends and family don’t have to incur international calling charges when communicating with their friends and loved ones at the base.
The fiber-optic network deployment expands Allied Telesis’ existing contract to provide television service to the base, in which service members can view U.S. television shows transported from an Allied Telesis head-end in Wisconsin. Now that it has rolled out FTTH for Internet and VoIP, Allied Telesis is a triple-play service provider at Misawa Air Base.
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In what Allied Telesis describes as “a testament to the density and performance” of its networking equipment, just one Allied Telesis SwitchBlade x8112 and two Allied Telesis SwitchBlade x3112 chassis-based switches are sufficient to support the entire Misawa Air Base deployment. Allied Telesis AT-iMG2524 intelligent Multiservice Gateways for IP triple-play services connect individual residences, and the x900 Series advanced Gigabit Layer 3+ expandable switches complete the deployment.
“Providing the comforts of home when it comes to communications services makes for happier and more productive service members overseas,” said Keith Southard, CEO of Allied Telesis Capital. “Our world-leading Internet connectivity, along with VoIP and television services, give service members at Misawa Air Base an unbeatable level of communications capabilities, whether they’re e-mailing, downloading movies, watching an American TV program, or simply phoning home.”
The Misawa deployment adds to the existing Allied Telesis military base networks in Japan that include Yokota Air Base, Camp Zama Army Post, Kadena Air Base, the U.S. Embassy complex in Tokyo, New Sanno Navy, Kanto Lodge, Navy Gateway Inns, and Air Force Inns.