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January 14, 2010

Wabash Mutual Telephone Deploys Occam Networks' BLC 6000

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Occam Networks, a broadband access supplier offering multiservice access platform (MSAP) solutions based on pure packet technologies, has announced that Wabash Mutual Telephone is deploying Occam’s BLC 6000 fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) equipment in new areas within and beyond its existing footprint.

This relationship builds on the success of Wabash Mutual’s deployment of Occam Networks’ (News - Alert) ADSL2+ solutions in 2005 as part of its Triple Play strategy, company officials said.

Today, all of Wabash Mutual’s service area enjoys ADSL2+ service, according to company officials.

Founded in 1911, Wabash Mutual Telephone is a subscriber-owned telephone company serving an 82-square mile area in West Central Ohio. The company is currently completing a competitive FTTH overbuild with Occam equipment that will include a series of 10 Gigabit middle mile transport rings feeding Gigabit Ethernet FTTH access nodes.

The first of these rings already provides network connectivity to broadband subscribers in rural communities.

In a release, Juan Vela (News - Alert), Occam’s director of Solutions Marketing and Strategy, said “rural broadband providers are aggressively migrating to FTTP while finding creative ways to increase revenue streams. Some create new services, some expand their service footprints. Wabash is doing both.”

The BLC 6000, a simple, converged broadband access platform from Occam, has the performance, flexibility and ease of use that are required by operators to successfully reinvent themselves around broadband.

Wabash Mutual performed field trials for four months before finalizing Occam’s solutions.

“Their solutions delivered higher performance and easier operation than the competitive solutions we reviewed,” said Mike Boley, Wabash Mutual’s president, in the release. “In test deployments of Occam’s Active Ethernet solutions, we installed the BLC 6000, turned it up and walked away. Its ease of use is extraordinary.”

Occam Networks recently won another contract for its BLC 6000 MSAP, TMCnet reported. Under this contract, the company is providing West Whitlawburn Housing Co-operative, a community housing development in Cambuslang, on the outskirts of Glasgow, with an advanced fiber-based network.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard