GVTC Boosts Its Broadband Network to Meet Growing Internet Use

  • Cisco
  • FTTH
SMITHSON VALLEY, TEXASGVTC, a large cooperative telco in Texas with an extensive FTTH deployment, announced that it is bolstering its broadband network. In March, the company spent more than $1 million to add another 10-Gbps ring of Cisco ASR Routers to its dense wave-division multiplexing (DWDM) network.

“This significant investment ensures our world-class fiber network will easily handle the rapidly growing broadband traffic of our customers for several more years,” says George O’Neal, vice president for network operations. “The additional 10 gigs of capacity will help our core network operate more reliably, which improves the broadband experience for all of our customers.”

As dozens of new studies show, consumers continue to push demand for broadband capacity. GVTC is experiencing this trend to an even greater degree than most providers, because the customers in its fiber optic service area can subscribe to an 80 Mbps/20 Mbps Internet access plan. Through 2009, GVTC's usage increase was due mainly to additions of new broadband customers. More recently, however, demand for bandwidth per customer has skyrocketed as customers have adopted streaming video, video calling and other high-bandwidth applications. Since 2006, GVTC’s yearly broadband consumption per subscriber has skyrocketed by 771 percent and its total broadband use has increased by a staggering 1,368 percent.

GVTC’s additional 10-gig ring is a strategic investment that will continue to keep all its customers happy. “This upgrade not only benefits our fiber network customers but also enhances the broadband needs of our cable modem and DSL customers, as well,” O’Neal says.

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