Lake Region Electric Co-op Selects Pulse Broadband, CommScope for FTTH Trial

  • CommScope
  • EPON
  • FTTH
  • Pulse Broadband
ST. LOUIS, MOLake Region Electric Cooperative in Hulbert, Okla., has chosen systems integrator Pulse Broadband to design and manage the construction of its FTTH broadband trial using distributed tap design and CommScope's EPON technology.

“Our fiber-to-the-home broadband project is all about the commitment we have as an electric cooperative to improving the lives of the members we serve,” says Hamid Vahdatipour, CEO of Lake Region Electric Cooperative. “Members in our trial area don’t have sufficient high-speed internet options, so they’ve shown overwhelming support for this initiative. We evaluated several broadband technologies with Pulse Broadband and chose fiber-to-the-home using distributed tap and CommScope’s EPON solutions because the combination provided the bandwidth, scalability, interoperability and affordability we needed to make this project successful over the long run.”

The Advantage of Distributed Tap Design
Distributed tap architecture is an FTTH design that uses less fiber and labor to build and requires less maintenance than most traditional fiber designs. Pulse engineered this architecture to a solution that makes distributed tap architecture a preferred FTTH solution for rural electric cooperatives, whose territories have per-mile home densities that are so low as to make fiber networks fiscally challenging, if not impossible.

This point-to-multipoint, future-proofed fiber infrastructure offers scalable bandwidth sufficient to meet the near-term and long-term needs of rural customers and can deliver a wide array of high-demand services, including broadband Internet, digital television, digital phone, home monitoring and security, distance learning, telemedicine and smart-grid energy solutions.

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