ADTRAN and Northwest Telecommunications Association to Deliver Oceans of Bandwidth

  ADTRAN and Northwest Telecommunications Association to Deliver Oceans of

   ADTRAN enables NWTA members to provide advanced residential and business
 broadband services locally and as part of regional cooperative so that every
                  community has the network access it needs

Business Wire

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- September 2, 2014

ADTRAN®, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation networking
solutions, today announced as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting
Lives program, it is enabling the Northwest Telecommunications Association
(NWTA) to advance strategic Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) initiatives to nearly 400
communities throughout Oregon and Washington. With more than half the NWTA
members now standardized on ADTRAN’s broadband platform, service providers in
the region are able to deliver ultra-flexible, high-capacity FTTH services
that enrich their local communities and drive new opportunities in research,
healthcare, education and economic development.

The advanced broadband access infrastructure enabled by ADTRAN solutions allow
NWTA members to participate in unique and innovative projects that support
both the local community and the country at large. For example, the National
Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) detects and
forecasts the physical, chemical, geological and biological variables in the
ocean and seafloor. The OOI is currently working with two NWTA members to
deploy a 10G underwater fiber network to measure volcanic activity along the
coast of the Pacific Northwest. Once the project is complete, real-time data
will be transmitted to a vast community of oceanographers, scientists,
researchers and educators around the country. The world-class broadband
infrastructure for this project allows the NWTA to play a significant role in
helping the scientific community better understand the ocean’s interrelated
systems and their effects on biodiversity, ocean and coastal ecosystems, and
climate change.

“Over the last few years the NWTA has committed to substantially building out
the collective network infrastructure of our members so that their local
communities can evolve, change and grow to better keep pace with today’s
digital economy,” said Greg Palser, president of Northwest Telecommunications
Association. “By working with ADTRAN, our members advance their FTTH
initiatives and more easily support the needs of their residential and
business customers. We now not only serve the communities within our region,
but we are also able to play a key role in projects with national importance.”

Stretching nearly 10,000 route miles, the fiber network from the 16 NWTA
members serves mostly rural markets; nearly half of the member companies have
100% of their customers located in rural areas. The NWTA membership provides
service to more than 1,300 schools, government facilities, libraries, public
safety centers, hospitals, clinics, and churches in Oregon, in addition to
over 30 in Washington. The membership represents approximately $153 million in
projected revenue in 2014, while investing more than $38 million for
infrastructure and other capital projects in 2013. This level of reinvestment
into the communities the NWTA serves is most compelling when coupled with the
fact that the membership is exclusive to competitive local exchange carriers
(CLECs) who do business without the subsidies the incumbents receive serving
these rural markets.With the Total Access® 5000 platform as a basis of
strategy for many of the NWTA members, these service providers are able to
deliver Gigabit broadband, VoIP and IPTV services their customers need to stay
competitive in today’s global economy. The NWTA members are also supporting
Tier 1 wireless carriers for better wireless service across the region. All of
these efforts support the NWTA’s mission to reinvest in the local communities
and ensure their member’s customers have access to next-generation services
regardless of location.

“Whether it’s in a small town or a big city there are great things happening
all across the country and it’s exciting to be a part of the continued
economic development. Today’s next-generation of broadband infrastructure
makes it possible for the next hot online business, scientific discovery or
educational development to come from any town, city or state,” said Mitch
Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division.
“ADTRAN and the NWTA are creating new opportunities for the communities in the
Pacific Northwest by delivering a flexible and scalable broadband
infrastructure with best-in-class services that give them the tools they need
to be successful.”

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


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
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