Kit Carson Electric Selects Fujitsu for New Mexico FTTH Network

  • Fujitsu
  • Kit Carson Electric Cooperative
RICHARDSON, TX — Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), an electric cooperative that serves rural New Mexico communities, has selected Fujitsu, a provider of business, information technology and communications solutions, to implement a new FTTH project. The new broadband network will cover 2,951 square miles in northern New Mexico’s rural, underserved counties of Taos, Colfax and Rio Arriba.

The infrastructure project will help drive economic development by providing opportunities for high-bandwidth broadband connectivity to businesses, households, community institutions and two Native American Pueblos. It will also lay the groundwork for KCEC’s planned Smart Grid, which will feature an advanced metering infrastructure and real-time detection of power outages to promote energy efficiency and offer customers higher levels of service.

$64 Million in Funding from RUS
With $64 million in funding from the U.S. Rural Utilities Service, KCEC sourced communications networking technologies from multiple vendors, including a fiber build-out. In order to reduce the overall project risk, KCEC sought a broadband builder with an excellent track record in broadband design and implementation and chose Fujitsu to guide and assist its team.

Schools, Hospitals and Government Agencies to Receive Gigbit Speeds
As the working relationship began, Fujitsu identified more advanced, modular technology solutions that had become available since the co-op made its original technology selections. For example, Fujitsu demonstrated the best design to future-proof the co-op’s investment in the network and to enable delivery of additional services utilized the combination of two advanced technologies, Ethernet and Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON). An Ethernet-based core infrastructure connects the electrical power substations and GPON is used in the access networks to deliver 100 Mbps in broadband connectivity to residents and 1 Gbps to schools, hospitals and government agencies. At KCEC’s request then, Fujitsu designed and engineered a new infrastructure and took on the role of network systems integrator as well as responsibility for overall program management.

“Fujitsu’s understanding of the best-of-breed technologies and the implementation strategy made them an invaluable partner,” said Luis Reyes, CEO and General Manager of Kit Carson Electric Cooperative. “Their vendor-agnostic approach, ability to integrate networking technology solutions from multiple manufacturers, and proven program management methodology are vital to our project’s success. Together, KCEC and Fujitsu are building a broadband infrastructure .that will provide the foundation necessary to drive economic growth, create stronger communities, improve educational opportunities, and give citizens better access to healthcare.”

Nowhere is the need greater for high-speed broadband connectivity than in rural America. “Our relationship with KCEC is very rewarding because we’re bridging the digital divide to enhance the quality of life for tens-of-thousands of people in northern New Mexico,” said Greg Manganello, senior vice president and head of services, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Now the rural community served by KCEC will have better access to higher education, employment opportunities, job training, and social networking. And, in the future, this same broadband connectivity will support the utilities’ Smart Grid, improving ‘customer centricity’ and service reliability.”

At completion, the KCEC network will allow greater bandwidth and capacity for applications such as telemedicine, teleconferencing and video sharing among 29 communities, 3,600 businesses, 29,000 homes and 183 community institutions, including two Native American Pueblos.

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