Sandy, Oregon Chooses OFS for FTTH Network

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  • OFS Professional Services
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — OFS, a designer, manufacturer and supplier of fiber optic network products and solutions and the city of Sandy announce a fully underground fiber-to-the home (FTTH) network build using OFS’ Professional Services to bring super high speed connectivity to businesses, institutions and residents throughout the community of 10,000 citizens near Portland, Oregon.

The city of Sandy serves as the gateway to Mt. Hood and several recreation opportunities that the area offers. The city has been operating an ISP, known as SandyNet, for the past 10 years using a combination of fiber access for businesses, WiFi and resold DSL. For the last three years, the city leadership investigated bringing FTTH to its citizens, but lacked a cost effective solution in a business structure that the city could accept. The community wanted to see a fully underground build for the network, which proved challenging due to the lot layout for boring optical cable pathways to over 3,200 residential homes.

OFS Professional Services
OFS’ Professional Services assembled a complete team of business partners to create a complete FTTH outside plant network for the city. OFS provided an efficient network design using OFS’ FOX Solution for Home and Business that met the city’s budget by reducing labor and material while providing ultra-high speed network capabilities. The OFS team also arranged financing with a business partner to help the city with a flexible payment schedule that could be balanced with expected revenue streams. In continuing the network roll-out process, OFS also developed and provided growth options for the network to quickly adapt to future demand. With an efficient network roll out process from design to deployment, OFS’ Professional Services helped make FTTH deployment feasible for the city of Sandy.

The city’s provides services to a total of 3,242 premise locations. OFS is providing a customized FOX Solution Home and Business for Sandy that includes OFS’ new AllWave+ fiber in over 200,000 feet of Fortex DT Light Armor cable and MiDia FX+ cable, OFS compact ruggedized splitter solution, and 980 terminals from which OFS’ new EZ-Bend tonable drop cables are installed to the premises. OFS’ EZ-Bend rugged 3 mm cables and the EZ-Bend InvisiLight solution make the final connection to the indoor optical network terminal (ONT).

“We wanted to provide our community with a high capacity FTTH network utilizing an affordable, expandable network design. The OFS team, composed of applications engineers, network architects, and professional services providers, put together a complete solution. The network efficiently meets our needs and anticipates the demands on our system now and into the future.” said Seth Atkinson, city manager of the city of Sandy.


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