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December 10, 2008

ADC and Albany Tel Expand Customer Bandwidth in Minnesota

By Anuradha Shukla
TMCnet Contributor

ADC, a global connectivity solution provider has partnered with central Minnesota-based Albany Tel for a five-year fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project. Under the agreement, ADC’s (News - Alert) Professional Services team will upgrade Albany Tel’s copper lines to a fiber network that can support advanced bandwidth-intensive services for its 3,800 subscribers.

According to company’s officials, only 15 percent of the cooperative’s network consists of fiber lines, with copper accounting for the other 85 percent.
Incorporated as Albany Mutual Telephone in March, 1951, the cooperative currently operates the three Minnesota exchanges of Albany (845), Freeport (836), and New Munich (837). Upon completion of this project, Albany Tel’s subscribers will have access to all-digital offerings like Internet Protocol TV (IPTV (News - Alert)) and high-definition TV, as well as high-speed Internet up to 100 Mbps.
Tom Eveslage, network operations manager for Albany Tel said that ADC was chosen due to their high quality of products and customer care. ADC’s skilled technicians can help with all phases of the cooperative’s network upgrades. Eveslage also appreciates the fact that ADC equipment takes less space in the central office, but leaves enough room for growth. He finds this feature to be important as they move toward more fiber and less copper.
Albany Tel is using an active-Ethernet architecture to deploy greenfield fiber networks over existing copper lines and this is expected to offer customers speeds ten times faster than Albany Tel's current 10 Mbps broadband offerings.
Pat Thompson, director of core connectivity solutions for ADC noted that the cooperative’s decision to use both their central office and outside-plant gear for their five-year fiber rollout validates their commitment to flexible and future-proof fiber solutions that grow with their customers.
“Our customers repeatedly trust ADC to deliver products and the expertise to install and maintain fiber deployments, no matter how advanced their fiber plans may be,” he added.
Earlier this month, Safaricom, a telecommunications company in Kenya picked ADC’s InterReach Fusion solutions to provide in-building wireless coverage at over 40 sites in Kenya.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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