NTELOS names ADTRAN as its GPON broker

NTELOS (Nasdaq: NTLS) is putting its broadband stimulus grant money to work as the West Virginia provider employs ADTRAN (Nasdaq: ADTN) for its new GPON-based Fiber to the Home (FTTH) deployment.

For the 9,000-home GPON network, which is a part of the Alleghany Now Broadband Initiative, NTELOS will deploy ADTRAN's Total Access® 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP) and Total Access 300 Series ONTs. Along with the broadband stimulus award, NTELOS will leverage the platform for GPON and Broadband DLC applications throughout its serving areas.

The FTTH network is part of the $16 million broadband stimulus funding grant NTELOS won in February to extend broadband services to "un-served" and "underserved" homes and businesses in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia area. Under the terms of the funding agreement, NTELOS had to match the $8 million grant.

Serving about 9,200 residential customers in about 4,216 homes, the proposed service area of the FTTH network consists of a majority of Alleghany County, Va., excluding Covington and Clifton Forge and Iron Gate, which are according to the federal stimulus guidelines "served." In addition to expanding residential broadband, the Alleghany Now Broadband Initiative will serve 233 businesses and 36 community anchor institutions, public safety entities, and community organizations.

For more:
- see the ADTRAN deployment release here
- read about the broadband stimulus award (PDF)

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