Liberty Business, Liberty Puerto Rico's (NASDAQ:LBTYA) business division, has joined ADTRAN's (NASDAQ:ADTN) "Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives" program. The division is utilizing ADTRAN's gigabit services architecture to deliver 1 Gbps broadband speeds to schools and small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) in rural locations of the island, mainly in western and southern Puerto Rico. Liberty Business is also providing infrastructure to connect previously underserved schools.
"Many service providers don't focus on providing connectivity to the more rural parts of Puerto Rico, which creates significant disadvantages for businesses and schools looking to operate and serve the community outside the island's major metropolitan cities," said Antonio Llona, vice president of Liberty Business. "ADTRAN has enabled us to provide a seamless connectivity experience across the entire island that has encouraged entrepreneurship in previously desolate locations. This new capability is boosting our economy and expanding our education systems."
Prior to deploying ADTRAN's Gigabit services architecture, many rural communities were completely isolated with no Internet connectivity. Liberty Business is now able to provide connectivity throughout the entire island, allowing video delivery and multiservice capabilities. Liberty Business is now able to support education technology demands and comply with local mandates while also addressing the needs of local business owners.
ADTRAN's "Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives" program, built around fiber-based gigabit Internet, is currently deployed in more than 300 mainly rural communities.