Cable Technology Feature Article
August 04, 2008
XFONE Completes Phase One of Fiber-To-The-Premise Buildout
By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor
XFONE has completed the first phase of a three-phase buildout of its Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network for Levelland and Smyer, Texas.
Phase One encompassed the installation of fiber across a 30-mile distance between Lubbock and Levelland.
Xfone (News - Alert) gained access to the FTTP network when it acquired NTS Communications in February. Prior to the acquisition, NTS made significant investments developing the technology and infrastructure of the FTTP platform, which enables unique economies and allows the company to provide a voice, data and cable triple-play offering to its customers.
As part of Phase One, the company will also begin remodeling a building in downtown Levelland to serve as its Point of Presence (POP), sales office and retail store front in the market.
Xfone in coming months expects to complete the second phase of the FTTP buildout comprised of connecting fiber from the company’s existing core fiber network in Lubbock to the intercity fiber route just completed. Following that, the company will commence the third phase of the buildout, involving the construction of a distribution plant in Levelland.
The fiber offering is particularly efficient for business and residential customers because it provides higher bandwidth, increasing the speed with which information may be uploaded or downloaded.
“We have made significant progress in the buildout of our fiber network, achieving 15,000 passings in Lubbock, including in our estimation, approximately 60 percent of the economically viable business passings in the city. Our service capability includes the highest available bandwidth, operating at approximately 20 times the speed of DSL and we look forward to adding our first Levelland customers to our service network very shortly”, said Guy Nissenson, president and CEO of Xfone.
“FTTP is a growth vehicle for our company, consistently achieving high gross margins. We are focused on maximizing the growth of our fiber network both in terms of customers served and our geographic reach.”
XFONE is an international voice, video and data communications services provider with operations in the United Kingdom, the United States and Israel, that offers a wide range of services, which include: local, long distance and international telephony services; video; prepaid and postpaid calling cards; cellular services; Internet services; messaging services (Email/Fax Broadcast, Email2Fax and Cyber-Number); and reselling opportunities.
Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
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