Minot, N.D.-based SRT Telecom is a diverse carrier offering its 48,000 customers everything from basic POTS to DSL to wireless in service areas that range from city to remote. The telco is looking to the future, deploying Zhone's MALC and zNID outdoor gateway to extend FTTH to its sometimes distant rural customers-not towns, but individual customers who can sometimes be as far as 20 miles out.
"We have targeted our rural areas with FTTH," says Shawn Grosz, SRT's director of network technology. "I am not talking rural towns, but the very rural farmsteads where in some cases we have loops of 20 miles where broadband services are very difficult to reach. We have taken the approach of serving those customers who can't be served with fiber. "We kind of future proof ourselves to offer 100Mbps services to each subscriber." Read the entire story in Telecommunications Magazine