Tuesday, August 16, 2011

North Alabama Electric Cooperative Selects ADTRAN for FTTH

The North Alabama Electric Cooperative has selected ADTRAN's flagship Total Access 5000 Multi-Service Access and Aggregation Platform (MSAP), Total Access 300 Series ONTs and a full suite of NetVanta routers and switches for a Smartgrid + Broadband project. Specifically, the cooperative will take advantage of the combination of GPON and Active Ethernet Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) capabilities of the Total Access 5000 platform. 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. The efficiencies gained in demand response power generation along with enriching these communities with triple-play broadband services have made North Alabama Electric Cooperative a model in the industry.

North Alabama Electric Cooperative serves rural Northeast Alabama. Combining its smart grid initiatives with the lack of broadband connectivity to its serving communities, North Alabama Electric Cooperative is investing in state-of-the-art fiber and broadband architectures. This will allow North Alabama to reach thousands of residents in underserved areas within the region as well as businesses, schools, libraries and even the Bellefonte Nuclear facility. The fiber infrastructure will also allow North Alabama to better communicate with the Tennessee Valley Authority, providing near real-time meter readings that will enable demand response for power generation. http://www.adtran.com