Cable Technology Feature Article
September 04, 2008
USCarrier: We'll Protect Fiber Optic Network from Hurricane Hanna
By Arvind Arora, TMCnet Contributor
USCarrier Telecom, LLC., a company that provides high-speed fiber optic transport services in the Southeastern region, reportedly says it’s prepared to combat the Hurricane Hanna along the Atlantic coast, primarily focusing Savannah, Georgia.
USCarrier Telecom offers high-speed telecommunications bandwidth to its customers. The services include long-haul transport, metro Atlanta access, long-distance and Internet access to more than 40 cities in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and the Southeast. The headquarters of USCarrier are located in Atlanta, and has additional center in Macon, Georgia.
Technicians have been spread across the multi-state area to manage its fiber optic network in four states stretched over 3,400 miles.
USCarrier received approval to join the Wireless Priority Service, a group that provides priority wireless services to vital private sector personnel and infrastructure providers in the event of any emergency.
All the field technicians and staff of network operation center have been informed by USCarrier to stay in a 24-hour alert mode through this weekend, when Hurricane Hanna is being expected to arrive. The company will also send ancillary personnel who will physically drive the network so that areas with problems might be identified.
Apart from this, as a part of preparations to combat the potential destruction of Hanna, the back-up generators of the company have been tested, POP doors have been sealed and sand bagged, all the terminals have been backed-up, emergency equipment parts have been ordered for, and the cable contractors have been asked to prepare for quick deployment if some emergency arises.
Jack Roberts, vice president of sales at USCarrier, said that the company is committed to delivering optimal service during an emergency to their carrier customers.
Roberts said that as a wholesale carrier, USCarrier works hard with all of its industry partners to maintain the reliability of carrier network services.
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Arvind Arora is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Arvind's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Michael Dinan