PPL Telcom Marks 2003 Milestones

PPL Telcom LLC (Booth 805), an unregulated subsidiary of PPL Corp., is celebrating several milestones achieved in 2003.

The carrier, which provides broadband connections to telecom companies, ISPs and large businesses and institutions, reports its transport revenue and customers grew by more than 200 percent, customer circuits increased by more than 300 percent and its wireless infrastructure revenue growth exceeded 30 percent.

PPL Telcom’s fiber-optic network is in the mid-Atlantic region, serving 15 markets in six states and the District of Columbia. The network consists of about 2,500 route miles of fiber using a DWDM OC192 system. PPL Telcom’s network serves customers throughout the northeast corridor between New York City and Washington, D.C.

In 2003, the company expanded its network route miles by 180 percent and nearly doubled its on-net locations. As part of this expansion, PPL Telcom completed the acquisition of Cambrian Communications, thus, extending its network from northern Virginia to New York City. In separate moves, the company extended the regional network to Pittsburgh and launched metro rings in Reading and Bethlehem, Pa.

PPL Telcom also completed a broadband over power line (BPL) market trial build of 3,000 homes in three markets, offering multiple options for high-speed Internet service.

To support of these business initiatives and growth, PPL Telcom increased staffing by 38 percent and moved staff and operations to a new headquarters office location in Allentown, Pa. It also completed the implementation and staffing of an onsite network operations center, and implemented an order/provisioning system and a BPL design tool.

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