Consolidated Communications taps BTI to expand Illinois bandwidth needs

Consolidated Communications (Nasdaq: CNSL), a Tier 2 ILEC serving Penn., Ill. and Texas, has deployed BTI Systems' 7000 Series packet optical network platform (PONP) to keep up with the ongoing customer demand for HDTV, voice and data bandwidth needs of its residential and business customers in Illinois.

Seeing a need to increase revenues and maintain capacity for current customers while enticing new customers, Consolidated Communications will leverage BTI Systems' PONP to support a DWDM, 40-channel, 500 mile ring and its MPLS core network. The BTI system will allow Consolidated to quickly increase bandwidth for enhanced services such as HDTV.

Because the BTI PONP system offers a pay-as-you-grow architecture, Consolidated will be able to increase necessary network bandwidth connectivity from 10 Gbps to 400 Gbps on a single fiber pair. Being able to increase capacity on a single fiber pair allows Consolidated to avoid the capex of augmenting its fiber infrastructure, while ensuring they have necessary bandwidth on hand.

Joining the likes of Cameron Communications and Zayo Enterprise Networks, which are also enhancing their business and residential service offerings, Consolidated's move reflects the ongoing PONP adoption trend taking place in the Tier 2 service provider segment.

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