Georgia-based telephone exchange utilizes ADC OmniReach Fiber Distribution Hub

Feb. 6, 2006 - Hub is a new class of optical fiber enclosure designed to speed the deployment of FTTX networks.

ADC today announced that Pineland Telephone Cooperative, a Georgia-based local telephone exchange carrier, is deploying ADC's OmniReach Fiber Distribution Hub.

The hub is a new class of optical fiber enclosure designed to speed the deployment of FTTX networks. Pineland, with more than 50 years in operation, serves more than 13,000 access lines from 10 exchanges, providing advanced voice, data and video services to approximately 30 rural communities and counties in Georgia.

Pineland Telephone is deploying ADC's high-density 216-fiber and 432-fiber configured enclosures, available in pole and pad mount arrangements to support both aerial or below grade applications. The enclosures are strategically located between the feeder and distribution segments of Pineland's network to facilitate service connection and service expansion.

"ADC's Fiber Distribution Hub best meets our network requirements relative to product features and functionality, performance, cost and proven success in the industry," says Richard Price, executive vice president and general manager for Pineland Telephone Cooperative. "We are very confident in our selection of ADC as a key supplier in support of our FTTX network deployment and are excited to be able to respond to the growing demands in our communities for advanced communication from the home."

The NEMA-rated enclosures provide both environmental and mechanical protection for the cables, splices, connectors and passive optical splitters and the necessary protection from harsh environmental contaminants. At the same time, they are lightweight for easy installation and breathable to prevent accumulation of moisture. The enclosures are easily re-enterable to provide quick access for interconnecting customer services and to allow easy access for efficiently and economically adding and allocating optical splitter resources. In addition, the enclosures are deployed with pre-terminated stub cables to allow for rapid and easy field installation, thus speeding the construction of Pineland's FTTX network.

"ADC is honored to contribute to the expansion of rural development and the fostering of economic growth by providing high-quality, cost-effective solutions in support of FTTX build-outs," says Tom Kampf, vice president of FTTX Solutions for ADC. "We are excited to include Pineland Telephone Cooperative to our growing family of FTTX customers who are making an investment in fiber optic networks supporting new telecommunication services that are vital to community development and long-term economic viability."

The enclosures have been fully qualified through independent third party testing.

ADC is based in Minneapolis, MN. For more information visit www.adc.com.

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