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Press Release -- July 23rd, 2012
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ADTRAN Powers United Communications’ Broadband Upgrade

Total Access 5000 enables innovative carrier to scale services infrastructure to deliver high-value video, data, gaming and voice

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 23, 2012-- ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN, news, filings), a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced that its Total Access® 5000 broadband platform is enabling United Communications to upgrade its network to deliver high-bandwidth triple play services to its subscriber base in centralTennessee. With over 20,000 access lines deployed,United Communications is now able to deliver a rich set of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) services - including video, voice and data - that rival any found in any metro network across the country.

United CommunicationschoseADTRANto meet the growing demand from residential and business customers for next-generation services like IPTV and to increase network bandwidth for popular activities such as online gaming, photo sharing and video streaming, and critical business communications. One advantage of leveraging ADTRAN’s Total Access 5000 for this broadband deployment is thatUnited Communicationsis now able to perform this upgrade over both its existing copper and new fiber infrastructures, scale higher value services quickly and reach a broader set of customers with these advanced services.

The flexible and innovative design of ADTRAN’s broadband access platform allowsUnited Communicationsto economically address both legacy and next-generation services. By reducing loop lengths to maximize the performance of the VDSL and ADSL2+ copper access technologies in their network,United Communicationscan deliver ultra-broadband speeds over their copper infrastructure with ADTRAN’s Total Access 1100 series sealed Fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN) broadband access solutions. The combination of the Total Access 1100 series and the Total Access 5000 platform givesUnited Communicationsa migration path toward a converged network architecture which will reduce both capital and operational expenses moving forward. AsUnited Communicationscontinues to deploy even more fiber in their network, they are now able to expand the availability of faster broadband speeds of up to 10Gbps all from a single platform. The Total Access 5000 system functions as a full featured FTTH and FTTN aggregator and flexible access platform that enablesUnited Communicationsthe ability to meet a variety of legacy and emerging service requirements while accommodating growth in their network.

“We have offered voice and data services to our customers for a while now, but when we looked at adding a complete triple play offering to meet our subscriber demand we found that our old solution wasn’t scalable and could not reach across our entire footprint,” saidWilliam Bradford, president and CEO,United Communications. “ADTRAN’s broadband access solutions not only give us the bandwidth we need today, but also provide a migration path forward that allows us to stay competitive in our market in the long run. The personal attention and supportADTRANgave us during our upgrade enabled us to design, test, and launch our upgraded network in less than 90 days.”

“Consumer demand for immediate online access to their favorite TV shows, music and movies is really changing the way that service providers, likeUnited Communications, do business. A triple play service offering is now a ‘must have’ value proposition in order to remain competitive in the market,” saidMitch Fleming, regional vice president of sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “Part of the challenge for service providers is to offer these advanced services while utilizing existing infrastructure and maintaining legacy services with minimal customer impact. ADTRAN’s broadband access solutions allow service providers maximum flexibility in deploying FTTH solutions across both copper and fiber as well as the scalability needed to accommodate network growth into the future.”

About United Communications

United Communicationsis a leading provider of advanced communications services in Middle Tennessee, including enterprise class business, broadband, digital TV and phone services. Headquartered inChapel Hill, TN,Unitedhas an upgraded fiber-based network, including over 1,000 route miles of fiber backbone connecting inNashvilleandMurfreesboro, and coveringNolensville, portions ofBrentwood,College Grove,Chapel Hill,Unionville,Fosterville,Estill Springs,Belfast, andFlat Creek.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc.is a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment.ADTRAN'sproducts enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures.ADTRANsolutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations and millions of individual users worldwide.

For more information, contact the company at 800 9ADTRAN (800 923-8726) or via e-mail at info@adtran.com. On the Web, visit www.adtran.com.

Source:ADTRAN, Inc.

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