Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Alabama's Largest Telephone Cooperative Selects Occam

Alabama's Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative has selected Occam BLC Networks' 6000 System to upgrade its access network to a single voice, data and transport network. Previously, the Alabama-based telco had three separate networks, one for transport, one for delivering TDM voice and one for delivering DSL.



Farmers began delivering DSL service using IP rather than ATM. The cooperative began upgrading its outside plant with shorter copper loops more than three years ago and decided to replace some of its older Paradyne, now Zhone Technologies, DSLAMs.



Farmers Telecommunications believes that it will make a complete transition to an all Ethernet- and IP-based network eventually moving to a softswitch architecture and fiber to the premise (FTTP) as the demand for advanced broadband services such as gaming, peer-to-peer and interactive video grows.



Founded in 1952, Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative is Alabama's largest member-owned, telephone cooperative, serving close to 20,000 subscribers in seven exchanges across DeKalb and Jackson counties.

. http://www.occamnetworks.comhttp://www.farmerstel.com


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