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Press Release -- September 22nd, 2011
Source: ADTRAN
Tags: CLEC, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, ILEC, Video

Wightman Telecom Selects ADTRAN for FTTH Deployment

All-Ethernet Architecture and Multi-Service Capabilities Enable Launch of Triple-Play Services
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sep 22, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) —

ADTRAN(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN, news, filings), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced that Wightman Telecom, a progressive Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) and a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) serving communities in southern Ontario, Canada, has selected the industry’s fastest growing access platform, the Total Access(R) 5000, for Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) deployments throughout its service area. The unique All-Ethernet architecture of the Total Access 5000 offers a wealth of benefits including scalability and flexibility of services paving the way for additional high-speed, bandwidth-intensive services for Wightman’s subscribers in the future.

“We needed a flexible platform that would provide an evolutionary path and maximize the ROI of our copper base while allowing us to transition to FTTH without a forklift upgrade. We needed a vendor that would provide a robust product with an aggressive roadmap and long-term support. ADTRAN and its Total Access 5000 were the perfect solution,” said Tom Sullivan, vice president and general manager of Wightman Telecom. “Because of the flexibility of this next-generation platform, we will realize operational expense savings and increased revenue streams as we continue to roll out triple-play services to our customers. Today, we are exploiting our existing copper infrastructure, retiring an end-of-life switching platform and continuing our evolution to FTTH. We see FTTH as the end game and ADTRAN with its Total Access 5000 provided us the best path to achieve this over the long term.”

The ADTRAN Total Access 5000’s architecture enables service providers to protect their investment and future-proof their networks. With a multi-terabit backplane, the Total Access 5000 offers unmatched capacity and scalability. Using the industry’s widest range of access and transport modules, it is extremely flexible, allowing service providers to easily launch multiple new services from a common platform.

“The Total Access 5000 allows service providers, like Wightman, to address the needs of today, while providing the ability to address future service needs for decades to come,” said Randy Garvey, general manager, ADTRAN Canada. “Selecting ADTRAN is an investment in the future of their network.”

About Wightman Telecom

Wightman Telecom is a company founded on the “people come first” principle. Started by the Wightman family in 1908, the “Little Telephone Company That Grew” has not forgotten its roots. As Wightman grows into new communities and new technologies, it still believes that one-on-one customer service is the future. In 2008, Wightman Telecom introduced its largest project to date – Fiber to the Home. Paving the road to the future by installing fiber optics directly to homes in Harriston, Listowel, Mount Forest, Palmerston, and now Hanover, Wightman provides these towns with some of the fastest Internet speeds in Ontario. Wightman was the first company to provide true Fiber to the Home to entire communities in south-central Ontario. Wightman Telecom delivers multiple services including voice, data and video to over 20,000 residential and business subscribers. Wightman is now into its second century of putting “people first.”


ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment, with a portfolio of more than 1,700 solutions. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide.

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