ADTRAN Accelerates Gigabit Services For High-Density Dwellings

  ADTRAN Accelerates Gigabit Services For High-Density Dwellings

  ADTRAN helps operators solve Gigabit-to-the-MDU puzzle with FTTH solutions
    that expand addressable market and target mission-critical demographic

Business Wire

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- August 27, 2014

ADTRAN®, Inc.(NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking
solutions, today announcedan expanded offering of Multiple Dwelling Units
(MDU) Optical Network Terminals (ONT) for its market-leading broadband
portfolio. Leveraging both pure Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and enabled
Fiber-to-the-Building (FTTB) deployment architectures, ADTRAN is enabling
operators to rapidly expand premium Gigabit services into hard to reach
dwellings such as existing high-rises, apartment buildings and other occupied

According to the US Census Bureau, MDUs represent 31 percent of all
residential buildings in the US, with as much as 80 percent of the population
residing in this type of housing in some areas of the country. As a result,
operators are looking to define a comprehensive strategy on how to best
approach this fast growing market segment. Deploying fiber to the MDU presents
vastly different challenges from standalone single-family dwellings or small
businesses because intra-building wiring is not an asset controlled by the
operator, but by the MDU owner. Because of this, it is critical for service
providers to understand the needs of the building owner. Operators are also
challenged with addressing service continuity in a high tenant turnover
environment and meeting the premium broadband expectations of Millennials – a
key MDU demographic. The coexistence of commercial suites in these buildings
can also help drive the need for premium service, but require delivery of both
SLA-based business Ethernet services in addition to residential services over
the same infrastructure.

“We are seeing a steady increase in global demand for FTTH services and
foresee a near-term future where Gigabit is available across a service
provider’s entire subscriber base,” said Jeff Heynen, principal analyst,
Infonetics Research. “While MDUs present a unique set of challenges in terms
of density and complexity when delivering FTTH services, this demographic
represents a significant business opportunity for service providers. It will
be critical for service providers to ensure they are reaching this market with
solutions that provide maximum flexibility for their Gigabit service roll out,
as well as meeting the high expectations of this broadband savvy audience.”

ADTRAN is helping operators maximize the MDU market opportunity by addressing
key cost issues and deployment complications associated with delivering
Gigabit services to these locations. Operators recognize that fiber all the
way to the end user is the ideal deployment scenario, but optimizing service
delivery for a particular dwelling and addressing the largest possible number
of subscribers take precedence in these deployments. ADTRAN’s comprehensive
portfolio of MDU solutions range from Micro ONTs (µONT) that allow for a
permanent installation of Fiber-to-the-Living Unit (FTTLU) when capital is
available to MDU ONTs that enable cost-effective, pay-as-you-grow Gigabit
delivery via the existing wiring inside the building. For example, in
locations where only standard telco wiring exists and rewiring is impractical,
ADTRAN helps service providers deliver higher speeds with an alternative,
lower cost FTTB deployment model. ADTRAN is leveraging the new DSL
acceleration standard – – to extend from 500 Mbps up to Gigabit-like
speeds over the existing CAT-3 in-building wiring. This enables operators to
serve an entire high-rise MDU rapidly and economically to accelerate premium
services while vastly reducing the construction time and level of disturbance
to existing residents.

“MDUs represent a prime business opportunity for service providers around the
country. Millennials are a large percentage of the residents in these
buildings and place a premium on the availability and quality of their
broadband experience. This type of residential demand makes MDUs a perfect
target for Gigabit service delivery,” said Darrell Brown, director of product
management, broadband access, ADTRAN Carrier Network Division. “ADTRAN is
making it easier for service providers to deploy these high-value services
with FTTLU µONTs and FTTB architectures, which not only deliver the
right technology solution, but also enable the service provider to build out a
cost structure that makes good business sense to the building owners.”

Full portfolio of ADTRAN MDU ONTs to serve all variants of greenfield and
occupied multi-dwelling structures from duplex and fourplexes to garden and
campus-style apartments to high rises and condominiums. To learn more about
ADTRAN’s new suite of FTTH µONTs and FTTB MDU ONTs – including the ADTRAN 400
series, ADTRAN 508VP and ADTRAN 512G ONTs – please visit


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


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Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112
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