JEA Upgrades FTTH Network to ADTRAN’s Gigabit Service Architecture

HUNTSVILLE, AL — Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) has selected ADTRAN’s advanced Gigabit service architecture to deliver next-generation broadband across one of the nation’s largest public fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks.

With more than 18,000 endpoints in its network, JEA is making Gigabit service available to a greater number of residential and business customers than any of the broadband, cable and competitive providers in Jackson, Tenn. JEA’s Gigabit service offering will play a crucial role in stimulating economic development and transforming the Jackson community by attracting new businesses and industries that have a strong need for high-speed fiber broadband infrastructure.

Gigabit Services to Benefit Specific Market Segments
An early adopter of fiber technology, JEA first deployed its FTTH network over a decade ago, when competitors were still laying down copper. While west Tennessee has historically been an agricultural region, JEA understood early on that deploying fiber could support the community’s evolution into a globally connected commercial center. The area has already seen economic and business growth from a cross section of industries, with Gigabit services looking to benefit several specific market segments including manufacturing, education, healthcare, retail and residential services.

“Gigabit service is the natural extension of our fiber network, taking our network and customers to new levels of connectivity and growth,” said Ben Lovins, senior vice president, telecom for Jackson Energy Authority. “ADTRAN’s Gigabit broadband portfolio provided the flexibility, scalability and performance we needed to deploy our Gigabit services with confidence. We know ADTRAN understands the challenges we face as we look to build out our network for next-generation broadband and will help us to achieve our deployment goals.”

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