Cambridge Telephone, a service provider in rural Nebraska, plans to upgrade to a fiber to the home (FTTH) network using network equipment from Enablence Technologies.

The upgrade from a copper-based to fiber-based network is being financed in part with funding received through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Cambridge Telephone was already an Enablence customer, having installed the latter’s Broadband Access Switch and Broadband Access Manager software. Cambridge Telephone is now installing Enablence’s Multi Media Aggregation Node (MAGNM), a fully distributed multi-service access platform built for broadband access and aggregation.

Cambridge Telephone will deploy the MAGNM, as well as Enablence’s optical network terminals (ONTs) and network management software, to support an Active Point-to-Point FTTH network that will deliver voice and data. An IP video offering is planned at a later date.

The fiber network is being rolled out in two exchanges, Cambridge and Bartley, to serve 750 active FTTH subscribers. A further rural build-out to connect an additional 750 subscribers will take place over the next two to three years.

Cambridge Telephone CTO Ralph Armendariz said, “We are quite pleased with the installation that has already been completed in Cambridge and look forward to continuing the deployment in Bartley.”

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