North Alabama Electric selects ADTRAN Solutions for FTTH deployment

ADTRAN, a provider of next-generation networking
solutions, announced that North Alabama Electric Cooperative has selected
ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform
(MSAP), Total Access 300 Series ONTs and a full suite of NetVanta routers and

These solutions combine broadband and smart grid
architectures to deliver business and residential services for unserved and
underserved areas in Northern Alabama.

Given the diverse topology of towns and rural
communities, the cooperative will take advantage of the combination of GPON and
Active Ethernet Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) capabilities of the Total Access 5000

This deployment will enable the electric utility
subscribers to move from time-of-day rate models to demand response rate models
and energy consumption can be monitored and adjusted in real time.

The efficiencies gained in demand response power generation
along with enriching these communities with triple-play broadband services have
made North Alabama Electric Cooperative a model in the industry.

North Alabama Electric Cooperative serves rural Northeast
Alabama. Combining its smart grid initiatives with the lack of broadband
connectivity to its serving communities, North Alabama Electric Cooperative is
investing in state-of-the-art fiber and broadband architectures.

This will allow North Alabama to reach thousands of
residents in underserved areas within the region as well as businesses,
schools, libraries and even the Bellefonte Nuclear facility.

The fiber infrastructure will also allow North Alabama to
better communicate with the Tennessee Valley Authority, providing near
real-time meter readings that will enable demand response for power generation.
This project has also served as an engine for economic development, allowing
new businesses to develop and grow in the area.

North Alabama selected the Total Access 5000 because it
provides the flexibility and scalability to configure and provision advanced
triple-play services from a single platform. The cooperative also chose ADTRAN
for its outstanding customer service and ability to provide unmatched support
throughout the process of launching a new line of business.

When looking for a solution to enable smart grid
telemetry and to roll out triple-play services, we thoroughly researched
companies and found ADTRAN’s widely adopted broadband portfolio to be the
perfect selection. ADTRAN’s warranty, maintenance and customer service stood
out as the best in the industry,” said Bruce Purdy, general manager, North
Alabama Electric Cooperative.

The Total Access 5000 combined with ADTRAN’s broadband
portfolio has allowed us to become a model in the industry. Cooperatives from
throughout the country are calling us for details of our deployments and asking
to tour our facilities. They want to replicate the success we have experienced
by offering entirely new, cutting-edge, revenue-generating services to existing
electric customers,” Purdy added.

We are excited that North Alabama Electric Cooperative
has selected ADTRAN’s broadband portfolio as the backbone of its new GPON and
Active Ethernet triple-play deployment,” said P. Steven Locke, vice president
of sales, service providers, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division.

With ADTRAN’s broadband portfolio, cooperatives like
North Alabama now have a clear course to quickly and easily address smart grid
deployments along with the voice, data and video needs of their customer base.

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