ADTRAN (NASDAQ:ADTN) announced the sixth generation of its sealed micro fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) solutions, intended to help reach the 700,000 locations covered by the Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II program.
"Given the range of geographic and logistical challenges involved with rural broadband service delivery, service providers responsible for CAF II build-outs seek network solutions that optimize existing infrastructure, simplify deployment and provisioning and improve the broadband experience, ultimately lowering their overall capital and operational costs," said Ovum Principal Analyst Julie Kunstler. "Flexible, cost-effective deployment options that offer a range of benefits, as seen in the latest advancements to ADTRAN's DSLAM portfolio, are certain to be in demand among these operators."
Recently, the FCC announced updates to its CAF program to improve the quality and availability of high-speed Internet service in rural America. Further, the U.S. Department of Agriculture also unveiled a $600 million loan and grant program to assist with building rural broadband infrastructure.
ADTRAN's sealed micro FTTN solutions are designed to help service providers affordably deliver 100+ Mbps broadband services into remote and rural areas.
"ADTRAN is committed to supporting service providers as they address the broadband disparity in rural America, and our focus remains on delivering the best available options on the market today - solutions that allow them to fully tackle challenging CAF II deployment requirements while minimizing expenses," said ADTRAN Portfolio Manager Javier Lopez. "Service providers looking to offer triple play services in both underserved and urban areas will find everything they need within the most recent additions to our access portfolio."
The sixth generation FTTN solutions' features include:
- A portfolio from low-density (16 subscribers) sealed micro FTTN solutions for rural deployments to high-density system level vectoring solutions (up to 384 subscribers across eight nodes) to serve semi-urban environments and multiple dwelling units (MDUs)
- Up to 500Mbps services utilizing technologies such as vectoring and super-vectoring
- Long-reach backhaul technology to extend service coverage thousands of feet from the fiber node
- Multiple powering options, including local and remote, with built-in holdover and battery backup options
- Support for both integrated (combo) and overlay POTS, together with IPTV services
- Whole-home WiFi