Monday, April 19, 2010

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Co. Leverages $12.4 Million in Stimulus Funds

Northeast Louisiana Telephone Company has selected the Calix Unified Access portfolio to bring advanced Active Ethernet (AE) solutions to thousands of premises in Morehouse Parish, Louisiana. The carrier was an award winner in Round One of the Broadband Initiatives Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The company plans to move "Fiber Forward," replacing its aging copper infrastructure with an advanced, standards-based fiber access network interconnected via 10 Gbps Ethernet rings. The network is designed to deliver IPTV services, residential and business data services capable of delivering up to 1 Gbps to each premises, and reliable voice over IP (VOIP) services, greatly increasing services capabilities while reducing ongoing maintenance and operational expenses.

In addition to the fiber rollout, Northeast Louisiana Telephone will use the $12.4 million in Broadband Stimulus grants and loans to deploy a new digital IPTV headend as well as a Metaswitch softswitch for SIP voice over IP (VOIP) services. Enabling these services will be a variety of Calix platforms and products, including the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a wide range of Calix P-Series ONTs specifically tailored for residential and business needs, and E5-110 Ethernet Service Access Nodes (ESANs) for copper services.

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