VTel Partners With Alcatel-Lucent for Broadband Stimulus Project

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • FTTH
PARIS - Vermont Telephone Company (VTel), one of the largest family-owned telephone companies in America, announced plans to expand the availability of services such as IPTV and video-on-demand in its telephone service territory in southern Vermont.

With the help of broadband stimulus funding from both the Rural Utilities Service and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, VTel will be able to deliver video and high-speed Internet services to residences and businesses at speeds of up to 1 Gbps.

For its network upgrade, VTel will use 100 Gbps optical transport network, fiber optic broadband access and IPTV delivery equipment from Alcatel-Lucent to address the ever-increasing demand for faster, more reliable and cost-efficient broadband business and consumer services.

Specifically, Alcatel-Lucent is providing VTel with its 100G optical coherent technology, based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), its 7750 Service Router, and OmniSwitch 9800E Metro Ethernet switch. Alcatel-Lucent has also been selected as the integrator of VTel’s IPTV service, which runs on the Microsoft Mediaroom solution. Network management capabilities are provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s 5620 Service Aware Manager, and the deployment was supported by the company’s engineering and installations services team.

VTel will now be able to offer advanced services in areas where broadband connections have historically been limited by Vermont’s rugged terrain and widely distributed, largely rural population. The project will dramatically increase connectivity in VTel’s service area, and aims to increase consumer broadband access, boost economic growth, stimulate job creation and strengthen education, public safety and health care delivery. The project also expands and strengthens VTel’s existing 1,000 mile four-state optical fiber network from Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston, and Montreal, which already serves some of the most intensive data users in the Northeast.

“In today’s society, if you do not have access to high-speed Internet, you have limited accessibility to educational, business and employment opportunities,” says Justin Robinson, VTel president.

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