Fiber-to-the-home broadband trial

Lake Region Electric Cooperative selects Pulse Broadband and CommScope for fiber-to-the-home broadband trial. Distributed tap design and EPON architecture makes fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology possible for low-density markets in rural America.

St. Louis—Lake Region Electric Cooperative in Hulbert, Oklahoma has chosen Pulse Broadband to design and manage the construction of their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband trial using distributed tap design and CommScope Inc’s EPON architecture.

“Our fiber-to-the-home broadband project is all about the commitment we have as an electric cooperative to improving the lives of the members we serve,” stated Hamid Vahdatipour, chief executive officer, Lake Region Electric Cooperative. “Members in our trial area don’t have sufficient high-speed internet options, so they’ve shown overwhelming support for this initiative. We evaluated several broadband technologies with Pulse Broadband and chose fiber-to-the-home using distributed tap and CommScope’s EPON solutions because the combination provided the bandwidth, scalability, interoperability and affordability we needed to make this project successful over the long run.”

Distributed tap architecture is a FTTH design that uses less fiber and labor to build, and requires less maintenance than most traditional fiber designs. Pulse has engineered this architecture to a solution that makes distributed tap architecture a preferred FTTH solution for rural electric cooperatives (RECs), where lower home densities per mile have historically made fiber networks fiscally challenging, if not impossible. This point-to-multi-point future-proofed fiber infrastructure offers scalable bandwidth sufficient to meet the near term and long term needs of rural customers and can deliver a wide array of high-demand services including, among others, broadband internet, digital television, digital phone, home monitoring/home security, distance learning, telemedicine and smart grid energy solutions.

“We applaud the Lake Region management team and board of directors for having the leadership and foresight to approve a fiber-based solution for their broadband trial”, said Bill Shreffler, chief executive officer, Pulse Broadband. “Lake Region is another compelling example that fiber-to-the-home networks are financially viable for electric cooperatives in rural America.”

A completely scalable end-to-end PON system, such as CommScope’s new PON solution—flexible to accommodate both residential and commercial services from a single fiber network—provides operators with the bandwidth, quality of service, management and scalability for the future that their subscribers have come to expect.

“We are thrilled that Lake Region will be one of the first electric cooperatives in the United States to take advantage of a combined distributed tap and EPON architecture for their broadband network,” said Ric Johnsen, senior vice president, Broadband, CommScope. “Pulse, with its engineering and management expertise, has pioneered making broadband profitable for low-density network operators like Lake Region through this compelling solution. We are pleased to work with them and Lake Region Electric to make broadband services available to the coop’s customers.”

Pulse Broadband provides economically and operationally viable FTTH broadband and advanced infrastructure solutions for low-density rural markets that are generally un-served or underserved for high-speed Internet access.

Pulse Broadband assists partners in the following areas:
• Free market evaluation to see if FTTH and broadband services are economically feasible
• Design and build FTTHs network using distributed tap architecture, which is designed to be a cost effective option for low density markets
• Manage REC advanced infrastructure services so they can concentrate on operating their energy business.

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