Alcatel-Lucent to power 1Gbps FTTH installation
Michelle Clancy
| 28 May 2014
Bolt Fiber Optic Services, the fibre-to-the-home subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, is rolling out a 1Gbps network to communities in rural north-eastern Oklahoma, to support IPTV, voice and broadband.

Powered by Alcatel-Lucent's gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology, Bolt Fiber Optic Services' new network will be around 100 times faster than the average connection speed in the United States, the company said.

"Bolt's goal is to create an infrastructure that will support improved education, economic development, telemedicine opportunities and faster business services in order to improve the quality of life as well as attract and keep jobs in their community," it said. "Alcatel-Lucent's triple-play solution will also enable Bolt to offer members of the cooperative linear television, video-on-demand (VOD) and pay-per-view TV services."

The service area of Bolt's new network will encompass rural communities, tribal areas and a lake resort area. It will begin availability in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is scheduled for completion by April 2017.

"The legacy of the rural electric cooperatives is that of bringing vital utilities to under-served communities," said Sheila Allgood of Bolt. "In the 20th century the need was for electricity, and today the need is for high speed, high capacity broadband. Providing access to ultra broadband will attract jobs and investment, improve lives through services like telemedicine and e-learning, and allow families to stay in the communities they love."

Alcatel-Lucent is providing its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager, 5520 Access Management System, Triple Play Express and Video Systems Integration solutions. It is also the systems integrator for the project, providing end-to-end architecture, design, engineering and installation services and third-party solutions for the headend, OSS/BSS, fibre mapping and Mediaroom middleware and software for IPTV services.

"Alcatel-Lucent has a long history of partnering with municipalities, utility companies and communities to help connect the unconnected," said Danny Rollins, vice president of national accounts sales for Alcatel-Lucent. "In this case, Bolt took the bold initiative of bringing 1 gigabit ultra broadband to their cooperative members. Thanks in part to Rural Utility Service funding and support, this community will be able to take advantage of Bolt's capacity and deploy ultra broadband much more cost effectively."