Vermont Telephone builds out 100G backbone, gets set to launch IPTV

Vermont Telephone Company (VTel), one of the largest remaining family-owned independent telcos is upping its service capabilities by deploying a 100G optical network and building a foundation to deliver IPTV service from Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU).

For the 100G deployment, VTel will leverage Alcatel-Lucent's coherent optical suite, including its 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), its 7750 Service Router, and OmniSwitch 9800E Metro Ethernet switch.

On the IPTV side, which leverages Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) Mediaroom middleware platform, Alcatel-Lucent will serve as a systems integrator. It will also provide and install its own 5620 Service Aware Manager for necessary IPTV network management.

In addition to providing end-user services, this latest deployment will expand VTel's existing 1,000 mile four-state optical fiber network from Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston, and Montreal.

To complete these new network initiatives VTel is leveraging funding it received in 2010 for its Wireless Open World (WOW) hybrid Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) and 4G/LTE wireless network. Over the FTTP network, which will also use Calix's ONTs, it will deliver up to 1 Gpbs speeds to both residential and business customers.  

VTel received a $12 million broadband stimulus grant from the NTIA in July 2010 followed by a $116 million grant from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) in August 2010.   

For more:
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Special report: In detail: Tracking the 100G path

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