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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