Pelican Bay’s FTTH Deployment Soars with ADTRAN

  Pelican Bay’s FTTH Deployment Soars with ADTRAN  Innovative business model emphasizes “white glove” service and future-proofed                   network with Gigabit service capabilities  Business Wire  HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- August 25, 2014  ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, that its market-leading broadband portfolio is being deployed for advanced Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services in the community of Pelican Bay, Florida. As the 6,500 residents of Pelican Bay looked to enhance the overall value of their community, they turned to ADTRAN’s broadband solutions for Gigabit service delivery. Residents and businesses – including two high-end resort hotels – now have access to a highly reliable ultra-fast broadband network that scales as the local population peaks throughout the year. The advanced FTTH network also enables Pelican Bay residents to easily connect with family members via video chat, attend telepresence board meetings and complete distance learning educational opportunities.  Unsatisfied with their incumbent provider’s broadband and customer service, timed with the fact their contract was set to expire, Pelican Bay residents saw a unique opportunity to develop a business model that provided for long-term growth of the community. Taking a forward-thinking approach, the infrastructure committee—a core group of residents that included several retired corporate executives —looked into deploying a network that could support Gigabit services. Working with Spectrum Engineering to pull together a strategic plan and risk mitigation strategy, the committee was able to begin implementation of a sustainable, lasting solution for the community’s fiber infrastructure and Gigabit service requirements. In order to guarantee a “white glove” quality of service, the committee selected Summit Broadband for the advanced FTTH build out that included a provision for bulk agreements. The agreements, acting as a foundation for accountability, ensured that residents and Summit would be jointly held responsible for providing necessary education and ongoing communication to offer the best user experience possible.  To deliver these high expectations, Summit selected ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 broadband portfolio to deploy a high-capacity, Gigabit FTTH access network that can easily scale to handle their growth of high-bandwidth services at ultra-broadband speeds. Pelican Bay residents can now receive Internet speeds at 100, 200 or 500 Mbps, as well as Gigabit capabilities.  “The Pelican Bay deployment is perhaps the most innovative business model we’ve been a part of. From the beginning, the committee knew exactly what they wanted and weren’t afraid to make those demands known,” said Scott Bowles, president of Spectrum Engineering. “It’s a great model for other communities looking to take charge of their network infrastructure. All it takes is a group of dedicated residents who are ready to work hard for what they want and technology providers who are willing to work closely with their customers to meet their demands. Partnering with Summit Broadband and ADTRAN ensured that Pelican Bay residents’ expectations were not only met, but exceeded.”  “The residents of Pelican Bay are unique in that, from the start, they saw the need for Gigabit services as part of their long-term community strategy,” said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN is dedicated to helping service providers create new types of business opportunities that make the most sense for the communities they support. In the case of Pelican Bay, ADTRAN’s FTTH solutions provide the reliability and flexibility that Spectrum Engineering and Summit Broadband needed to not only create a new business model, but to deliver the high-quality of service that residents demand from their broadband experience.”  ADTRAN’s Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program showcases how innovative technologies are being used in cities, towns and communities across the country to support economic growth, urban redevelopment, educational and municipal service support, and innovative residential service delivery. These communities are using ADTRAN’s world-class Gigabit broadband, Wi-Fi® and Cloud service offerings to re-invigorate downtown business and residential districts, connect classrooms with other learning centers around the world, and help attract new companies seeking to relocate out of crowded urban centers.  About ADTRAN  ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.  About Spectrum Engineering Corporation  Spectrum Engineering is one of the nation's best consulting engineering firms, specializing in the strategic planning, engineering, design and construction management of fiber optic based telecommunications systems and electric power systems. Spectrum serves municipals, homeowner associations, electric utilities, MSO's, and Telcos throughout the United States and Caribbean. For more information, please visit www.spectrumeng.com.  Contact:  Connect2 Communications for ADTRAN, Inc. Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112 ashley@connect2comm.com  
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