Saturday, October 20, 2012

Qtel Expands FTTH Rollout with Huawei

Qtel has awarded a contract Huawei to implement phase II project of the carrier's national rollout of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) ultra broadband network infrastructure. 
Huawei will provide a Turnkey solution which integrates the central equipment room, optical distribution nodes (ODNs), optical line supervision (OLS), optical access equipment, and other equipment. The project will provide 90,000 additional connections and bring Qtel closer to its target of 100% broadband coverage for households and businesses.

USDA Announces New Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding 24 projects through several loan and grant programs administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS); Broadband, Telecommunications loans, the Community Connect grant program, and the Public Television Digital Transition.
In the recently completed fiscal year, USDA Rural Development has funded over $170 million in rural telecommunications projects nationwide.
Broadband Loans
North Dakota
    • Consolidated Enterprises, Inc. –$68,897,967; FTTH primarily in the outer city limits of Dickinson and the adjacent rural areas in Stark County.
Community Connect Grants
    • Q-Wireless, LLC,– $782,000; Broadband services through the construction of a wireless middle-mile and access network.
    • Inter Mountain Cable, Inc. — $1,059,704; a Hybrid Fiber-Coax Network.
Louisiana and Pennsylvania
    • MTPCS, LLC, – $144,670; Upgrade MTPCS’ cellular telephone network
    • Scott County Telephone Co-Operative,-$1,500,000; FTTP network.
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans
    • Kerman Telephone Company– $10,057,000. FTTH network.
    • Foresthill Telephone Company, Inc.– $6,560,000. FTTH network
North Dakota
    • Northwest Communications Cooperative– $9,870,000. Fiber-to-premises facilities in six of the 16 exchanges.
    • Monitor Cooperative Telephone Company– $2,865,000; Funds will be used to build fiber-to-premises facilities capable of broadband services to all customers in the borrower’s service area.
    • Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. – $2,590,000; Fiber and Gigabit Ethernet to exchanges.

Various projects related to digital transition in public television were also funded.