Consolidated Telecommunications Company to deploy ADC's OmniReach FTTX solutions

June 29, 2005 - Solutions will be foundation for providing all-fiber VoIP, IPTV and other services.

ADC has announced that Consolidated Telecommunications Company of Northern Minnesota is deploying ADC's OmniReach FTTX solutions as the foundation for providing its customers with all-fiber Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) and high-speed data services as part of a competitive build-out scheduled to begin this summer.

CTC is a cooperative with 10,000 access lines surrounding the Brainerd, MN, area. The cooperative's ILEC customers now enjoy advanced calling features, high-speed Internet access and newly launched digital video. Last summer, after constructing a publicly financed fiber backbone to serve Brainerd-area schools, CTC was given irrevocable rights to use part of the trunk's capacity for its own competitive service offering. The CLEC deployment starts this summer with the cities of Brainerd and Baxter. The goal is to have its entire 100 square-mile overbuild completed by 2008.

"We are committed to providing our customers with the latest telecommunications, the highest quality of service, and at the lowest possible cost," says Bill Stroot, director of operations for CTC. "ADC's OmniReach FTTX solutions are designed for operational efficiency and scalability and are a key enabling platform for our successful FTTX deployment. As we continue with our FTTX roll-out, thanks to ADC we have the infrastructure in place to ensure easy, low-cost technology upgrades."

CTC's FTTX deployment includes both ADC OmniReach Fiber Access Terminals and ADC OmniReach Fiber Distribution Terminals. The provider will benefit from a variety of features as it deploys OmniReach products, including a user-friendly and cost-effective platform for delivering optical fiber service drops in FTTX deployments. OmniReach is designed to deliver fiber to both single-family homes, as well as multiple dwelling units and the fiber access terminals are designed to provide physical protection, long-life reliability and superior fiber management in an aesthetically appealing enclosure.

For the passive optical network, CTC will deploy ADC OmniReach Fiber Distribution Terminals for centralization of splitters in the field. These outside plant terminals are designed specifically for FTTX applications with features that directly impact the reliability, functionality and operational cost of the network. These features include robust 1x32 splitters with strain relief for the output pigtails and connectorization and splicing options of the input fiber.

"ADC's OmniReach FTTX solutions are helping CTC to simplify their FTTX network installation, maintenance and management, which ultimately benefits the customers and the community that they serve," says Tom Kampf, director of product management of Fiber Solutions for ADC. "As CTC continues its FTTX deployment, their technicians will have easy access to the individual fibers they need and will be able to manage their fiber cable in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible."

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