Four years ago, Fayetteville
Public Utilities (FPU) recognized a need to upgrade its network with broadband services including
high-definition cable television and high-speed internet. While national cable providers were upgrading
their networks in large metro markets,
FPU took it upon itself to surpass that benchmark in a rural area with an advanced fiber network.
Located in south
central Tennessee, FPU might not have all the resources of a Tier 1 cable or
telco network operator, but it saw that its consumers have the same needs for world-class
broadband services. To serve those customers and its community, plus position
itself for positive long-term growth,
FPU upgraded their network with two advanced fiber
solutions from CommScope. With CommScope’s expertise and on-site assistance,
FPU transformed its network into a fast, scalable,
state-of-the-art digital pipeline in a matter of a few months. Now, less
than three years later, some of the nation’s largest MSOs are finding it tough
to break into this small rural market.
Thanks to the broadband upgrade, FPU has solidified its market position.
the network upgrade, FPU first deployed CommScope’s BrightPath Optical Solution (BOS) RFoG (radio frequency
over glass) system. The BOS portfolio includes all the laser transmitters and
receivers, optical taps and splitters, and fiber cabling and micro nodes (RFoG optical
network units) needed for a complete RFoG fiber-to-the-home
(FTTH) network. The RFoG system gave FPU the advantages of a fiber
infrastructure – high reliability, lower operating costs, flexibility, and
scalability – while continuing the triple-play services it had been delivering
with its legacy hybrid fiber-coaxial
FPU then decided
to take the next step in its network transformation with the addition of CommScope’s Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON)
This is done simply and quickly by adding EPON as an overlay to the existing
fiber network without expensive plant construction. Management began rolling out
new commercial IP services, starting with one local hotel. Since then, the rate
of deployment for FPU’s commercial EPON
services has steadily increased. This added capability to deliver rich
Ethernet services gives FPU a unique play with business customers.
is rewarding to be a part of FPU’s success in bringing broadband to this part
of the world and we celebrate their achievement. The
deployment of our BOS and EPON solutions is now documented in,“CommScope’s
agile fiber solutions enable FPU to outflank larger competitors in rural
Tennessee.” Check it out for more details about the deployment.
Are you looking to upgrade your broadband network? Have
you installed an EPON or FTTH solution? What’s your experience?