VTel selects Calix to connect to WOW fiber internet network

Calix announced that broadband stimulus awardee Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) will
deploy the Calix 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) to offer
broadband to more than 15,000 customers in southern Vermont.



Last year, VTel was awarded federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding for its
Wireless Open World (WOW) network to extend fiber to every home and business in
the VTel service area and roll out 4G/LTE high speed, wireless broadband
services throughout Vermont.



The VTel WOW fiber-to-the-home network will leverage point-to-point gigabit Ethernet
technologies to deliver VOIP and residential and business data services.
Powered by the 700GE family of ONTs, VTel will provide broadband services
capable of up to one Gbps to each customer premise, making VTEL’s network among
the most advanced in the world.



“Calix is a leading company enabling broadband access, and we are excited to have them
helping us deliver broadband, voice, and television services to rural
Vermonters with technology that is far superior to that available in most urban
environments,” said Justin Robinson, president of VTel.



VTel is delivering on the promise of bringing broadband, over both fiber and wireless
technologies, to many of Vermont’s unserved and underserved community anchor
institutions, homes, and businesses.



Construction on the three-year WOW project began in late September and is set to be completed
in 2013.



VTel is also delivering digital literacy training through thousands of Rural Broadband Farm
Forums, patterned on the Rural Radio Farm Forum used successfully in rural
America in the 1940s to help create jobs and share community ideas. These
sessions use broadband access to improve the quality of life in Vermont



“As new advanced applications are introduced into the market, it is clear that
bandwidth needs are rapidly increasing,” said John Colvin, senior vice
president of North American field sales and marketing at Calix.



Aggregate Calix vendor selections by Broadband Stimulus winners for last mile and middle
mile awards have reached 74 different projects representing nearly $1.5 billion
in Stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant
engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.



By Telecomlead.com Team
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