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Adtran Gets Its Gig On

Broadband access tech specialist Adtran said it’s playing a significant role in the rise of 1-Gig deployments, claiming that its technology will help to enable more than 50 “Gigabit communities” by the end of the year, a figure it expects to quadruple by the end of 2015.

Adtran, which has launched a Web site – www.gigcommunities.net – to track and advocate 1-Gig developments, said its  architecture is being used by a variety of players, including tier-1 carriers, cable operators, utilities, municipalities and rural service providers.

Among those customers is C Spire, which is using Adtran gear for a fiber-to-the-home initiative that will span the Mississippi portion of its service area, and utilize a demand-driven “Get Fiber First” deployment model that borrows a page from the Google Fiber playbook

“Over the past year ADTRAN has worked with hundreds of service providers to introduce Gigabit services as part of our vision to help reinvent communities around the country,” said Jay Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN’s Gigabit broadband platform will serve as the foundation for our partners’ community economic growth and development for years to come.”

“Gigabit broadband is quickly proving to be the economic catalyst in communities of all sizes around the country,” added Teresa Mastrangelo, principal analyst with Broadband Trends. “Beyond attracting new businesses and job creation, a robust broadband infrastructure can deliver improved education, healthcare and governmental services while also providing residents access to a wealth of new services and applications.”