Comprehensive toolkit enables A-CAM funding recipients to accelerate
gigabit rollouts in the U.S.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 16, 2017--
Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of next-generation open
networking solutions, today announced the launch of its Gigabit
Accelerator Program. The goal of the program is to provide needed
resources to service providers that will enable them to accelerate their
delivery of gigabit services, especially in rural areas. This
comprehensive program includes a gigabit FTTH starter kit, installation
services, training, marketing support and access to gigabit community
partners. With this program, communities serviced by smaller carriers,
who haven’t had marketing or community outreach resources readily
available, can more easily market their next-gen broadband services to
subscribers and evangelize broadband benefits within the community.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to drive for
expanding broadband coverage through programs such as the Connect
America Fund (CAF) and Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM).
Also, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recently taken
up the Gigabit Opportunity Act, a bill designed to bridge the digital
divide and allow all communities to benefit from the advantages that
broadband Internet brings to local economies, education and rural
healthcare. The ADTRAN Gigabit Accelerator Program aligns with this
vision by accelerating gigabit services rollouts through a comprehensive
program targeted at A-CAM funding recipients who haven’t had the
internal resources to do such.
Since 2012, a number of service providers have announced rollouts of
gigabit services, and now about 18 percent of the U.S. population has
access to gigabit services. That means that over 80 percent of the U.S.
population still does not have access to gigabit internet, presenting
service providers with a huge opportunity to expand services and gain
market share. However, smaller carriers face several barriers to rolling
out gigabit services, in addition to the cost of new access equipment,
The cost of installing, testing and commissioning this equipment and
the technical resources to do so;
The lack of quality marketing resources to help acquire new customers
more rapidly, thus affecting their return on investment; and,
The lack of access to broadband use-cases and industry resources that
would streamline community outreach, accelerate community buy-in, lead
to higher service take-rates, and reduce barriers to construction.
Previously, there has not been a one-stop source for all things gigabit.
ADTRAN has now packaged its experience from the over 400 gigabit
communities that have deployed ADTRAN FTTH solutions and has used this
experience to create a program that enables a service provider to
market, roll out, activate, and monetize broadband services, as well as
promote the economic value of Gigabit services into the community.
The ADTRAN Gigabit Accelerator Program allows service providers to
overcome these barriers by:
Rolling out gigabit services faster
Improving operational efficiencies and lowering costs
Accelerating gigabit take-rates
"Increasingly, access to broadband is transforming communities across
the globe, but resource stumbling blocks faced by our nation's telecom
service providers has slowed the momentum," said Mark Ogden, director of
sales, ADTRAN. "ADTRAN's expertise and deep partner relationships can
help bridge this digital divide. We believe that by approaching this
challenge with the concept of a startup accelerator program, we will
most effectively facilitate the best solution to accelerate gigabit
rollouts here in the United States and allow all communities to harness
the transformative powers of broadband."
ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and
communications equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video
and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures.
ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private
enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users
worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.
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Jas McDonald, 919-435-9115