Gigabit passive optical network (GPON) provider Optical Solutions Inc. (Booth 1540) has announced that Santa Rosa Telephone Cooperative of Vernon, Texas, has initiated services with its FiberPath 500 GPON system, in the first of several competitive FTTH deployments planned for the next five years.
According to Santa Rosa General Manager Dennis Raines, a large number of residents and businesses in the community of Aspermont, Texas, already have switched to the CLECs advanced service package, which includes multiple lines of fiber-fed voice, high-speed data up to 1.5mbps and IPTV.
We expect to achieve 80 percent to 90 percent take rates inside of 24 months, Raines says. Santa Rosa is at the forefront of competitive overbuilding. By the end of the decade, the cooperative plans to have fortified its 13 ILEC exchanges with an additional 21 CLEC exchanges, all based on fiber. Up until Aspermont, we had been working with a fiber-to-the-node system, but then we began looking at the numbers for fiber all the way to the home, and we saw with OSIs GPON we could get far greater bandwidth and future-proofing capacity for roughly the same cost, Raines says.