North Alabama Electric Cooperative to deploy ADTRAN for fiber to home


Broadband Stimulus winner North Alabama Electric Cooperative has selected ADTRAN's flagship product, the Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP), Total Access 300 Series ONTs and NetVanta routers and switches. These solutions combine broadband and smart grid architectures to deliver business and residential services for unserved and underserved areas in Northern Alabama. This deployment will enable the electric utility subscribers to move from time-of-day rate models to demand response rate models and energy consumption can be monitored and adjusted in real time.

"Broadband to the home enables utilities to implement smart grid initiatives to enable real time monitoring and demand control of power consumption,"  Gary Bolton, Vice President of Global Marketing for ADTRAN, told FierceSmartGrid. "FTTH provides utility companies the opportunity to offer voice, data and video services to residential subscribers, schools, libraries and businesses."

By offering voice, video and broadband services, utility companies can significantly increase their average revenue per user and diversify their service offering. 

"Many utility companies have attempted to deploy or investigated launching broadband services with technologies such as Broadband over Power Lines (BPL).  Technologies such as BPL do not deliver the broadband capacity of FTTH and have challenging business cases," Bolton said. "North Alabama Electric Cooperative is leveraging ADTRAN's TA 5000 access and aggregation platform to deliver both GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) and Active Ethernet (point to point Gigabit) to optimize their FTTH architecture for both very rural topologies and rural towns."

Delivering broadband to the home enables utilities to implement real time energy monitoring and demand response control. 

"Having the ability to allow subscribers to save money and energy by selecting what devices and systems in the home can be turned off during peak demand not only saves energy but significantly reduces power generation and the need to build additional capacity," Bolton said.

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