Wightman Telecom picks Spediant equipment for wireless project

March 18, 2004
March 18, 2004 - Plan will provide optical fiber-speed last-mile connectivity for data services.

Wightman Telecom, an independent telephone company in Canada, has selected Spediant Systems' equipment to provide optical fiber-speed last-mile connectivity for its data services.

Spediant manufactures multi-loop DSL products that enable delivery of higher capacity broadband services over copper.

Wightman is using Spediant products to connect its wireless nodes to collocated central offices of other telephone companies in the Ontario towns where it provides competitive services.

"We needed a bonded DSL solution to get from wireless to the collocated equipment in the ILEC central offices," says Tom Sullivan, general manager of Wightman Telecom. "We chose Spediant's EML 8000 solution after trying other DSL bonding products. We found that Spediant's EML systems were the most reliable, had greater reach and bandwidth, and were more user-friendly than other systems. Most importantly, they were manageable."

Wightman has connected Spediant's equipment to its existing management and support system in order to remotely monitor and troubleshoot the service. This allows for identification and resolution of potential problems before they occur.

The EML 8000 aggregates the bandwidth of up to eight copper loops at extended distances from a central office, giving Wightman the ability to take a large pipe into the central office, Sullivan says.

"We are able to accomplish this without having to lease a facility from a carrier or extend our fiber network," he says. "This cost-effective solution has resulted in a significant cost savings for Wightman."

Brian Searl, vice president of North American sales for Spediant, says Wightman's success with the EML 8000 products demonstrates the need for multi-loop DSL. "(This) allows carriers to deliver the bandwidth to their small to medium-sized enterprise customers and offices of larger companies, without installing fiber," he says.

The Spediant EML 8000 system combines a symmetric, high-density DSL modem with an inverse multiplexer that can support multiple copper pairs. This approach enables treatment of multiple pairs as a logical bundle. The system has the intelligence to make decisions about dynamic bandwidth allocations during changing link conditions. It also offers simultaneous support for
voice and data traffic, full spectrum compatibility, and a powerful element management system.

Spediant Systems is based in Red Bank, NJ. For more information visit

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