Adtran helps developer enter multi-gig broadband game

Residents of Tavistock Development Company's Sunbridge community will benefit from 10G XGS-PON broadband capabilities.(Adtran)

Tavistock Development Company, a Florida real estate firm, is deploying Adtran’s Total Access 5000 10G fiber access platform with XGS-PON technology to provide multi-gigabit broadband services to its new Sunbridge master-planned community in Central Florida, the latest proof that the market for multi-gig broadband is broadening beyond the usual telco suspects. 

Tavistock is working with Florida fiber network operator 832 Communications to deliver up to 10 Gbps symmetrical FTTH to about 10,000 Sunbridge residents over the next 10 years, but the initiative for the program was all Tavistock’s.

“This all kicked off about three years ago when the developer decided it wanted to provide the broadband experience,” said Matt Hirsch, sales account manager at Adtran. “It began as GPON, and they’re now embracing XGS-PON. We can bridge the gap with combo OLTs that support GPON and then XGS-PON when their customers are ready.”

Jessi Blakley, vice president of communications for Tavistock, noted that the developer always has tried to position itself at the forefront of technology, and as further evidence pointed to a partnership with Verizon announced last fall that saw Tavistock’s Lake Nona “living lab” smart community turned into a 5G Innovation Hub. “We have a lot of community pillars, but the thread that connects it all is technology. We wanted to wire this community from Day One.” 

Tavistock isn’t the only company Adtran is working with that might be described as a “non-traditional broadband provider.” Craig Stein, vice president of sales for Americas and head of global business development at Adtran, said, “We’ve started to see a lot of other market opportunities outside of our traditional service provider market.” 

He added that much of this activity has been spurred by federal government funding programs like the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which has resulted in more companies like electric cooperatives, municipalities and building developers becoming more interested in deploying gear like the TA-5000 and technology like XGS-PON.

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The opportunity for Adtran at the Sunbridge community potentially could expand. While Blakley didn’t comment directly on that, she described Sunbridge as a 27,000-acre community with a “50-year plan” to continue opening new neighborhoods. “We’ve only just started at Sunbridge, but I’ve watched this technology grow and change already, and we can be more nimble [deploying it] than in a lot of bigger markets and municipalities where it might move slower.”