ADC touts FTTX wins

Aug. 15, 2006
August 15, 2006 -- Telecom distributor Windstream Supply and Wisconsin's rural Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative have each selected ADC's OmniReach fiber-to-the-x (FTTX) infrastructure platform to enable fiber-optic "triple play" deployments.

ADC announced that Windstream Supply (formerly Alltel Communications Products), a distributor of telecommunications products and services, has placed a stocking order for ADC's OmniReach products, including the recently introduced OmniReach Fiber Distribution Hub (FDH) 3000. According to a press release, Windstream Supply is the first ADC partner to offer stocked quantities of the FDH 3000 for sales to non-affiliated customers.

The Windstream Supply order also includes ADC's OmniReach FDH 3000 'Mini Plug-and Play' splitter modules, multi-port service terminals (MSTs), hardened connectors, and drop cables. ADC says its OmniReach FDH 3000 platform provides for rapid connection between fiber-optic cables and passive optical splitters in outside plant environments, facilitating fast FTTX service connection and reconfiguration.

"The FDH 3000 allows us to offer a solution that meets the unique needs of our customers as they deploy optical fiber cabling in the outside plant," comments Joel Fye, vice president of sales and marketing at Windstream Supply.

"In choosing ADC's latest FTTX solutions, Windstream Supply will be able to offer the latest technologies and provide superior service for its customers," comments Tom Kampf, vice president of FTTX product management at ADC. "By deploying our OmniReach solutions in their network infrastructures, service providers can accelerate their deployments, maximize operational efficiency and realize triple-play revenues sooner."

Separately, ADC announced that Wisconsin's Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (RGTC) will implement the OmniReach FTTX platform in rural communities located in that state's southwestern region. RGTC says it will work with ADC to install the OmniReach multi-port service terminals (MSTs) and fiber drop cables for delivery of services including Internet access, wide-area paging, voice mail, IPTV, and local-area and wide-area networks.

Committed to providing cost-efficient telephone service on a cooperative plan, RGTC's telecommunications projects are approved and funded, in part, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP). According to a press release, through the program, ADC and RGTC will implement MSTs to support broadband FTTH build-outs in the following Wisconsin exchanges: Blue River, Boaz, Sabin, Soldiers Grove, and Gays Mills.

"We realized that there are limits to copper infrastructures, and ADC's fiber solutions offer optimal bandwidth, flexibility, and room for growth," comments Dave Lull, general manager of RGTC. "Since working with ADC, we have found that fiber opens up a world of high-tech possibilities for our customers in rural communities."

"ADC MSTs incorporate hardened connector technology and are uniquely designed and sized for use in drop cable deployments," concludes ADC's Kampf. "The customization and available bandwidth provides Richland-Grant Telephone Cooperative with an environmentally robust interface for outside plant environments and reduced splicing labor requirements."

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