ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a provider of next-generation open networking and subscriber experience solutions, has announced its fully managed, cloud-based performance test solution, purpose-built to streamline data collection and reporting for network operators that utilize the Connect America Fund (CAF) program, the company said.
Recipients of these Federal broadband subsidies will be required to submit testing results as part of their annual compliance in the first quarter of 2020. Carriers that do not comply with the FCC speed and latency requirements will be subject to a reduction in support, commensurate with their level of noncompliance. In addition, providers will be subject to audit of all testing data.
To help ensure that the funds allocated are used for broadband service delivery in rural areas, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted Performance Monitoring and Measurement requirements to ensure greater accountability for recipients of Connect America Fund (CAF) high-cost universal service support, including price cap carriers, rate-of-return carriers, rural broadband experiment (RBE) support recipients, Alaska Plan carriers, and CAF Phase II auction winners.
This new service is an expansion of the ADTRAN CAF performance testing solution announced earlier this year. Since February, more than 30 CAF recipients have chosen ADTRAN´s network performance testing solution to comply with FCC reporting requirements.
The ADTRAN managed testing solution takes care of each aspect of FCC compliance from initiating the test to collecting data to report creation and submission to the FCC in the format needed. It removes the administration burden related to CAF test compliance and utilizes the ADTRAN Speed Test Server Network as a cloud-based, managed service. The solution includes the SmartRG Device Manager Software to serve as the test controller and the SmartRG Gateways as the test clients and is available across the entire SmartRG portfolio of gateways.
By leveraging ADTRAN´s solution, carriers are able to deploy a purpose-built, open and flexible solution that leverages existing hardware, removes testing of unmanaged LAN segments, reduces privacy concerns for end customers and eliminates the unsightly white boxes used during the testing period. The solution delivers the added benefit that, once deployed, provides ongoing value by delivering network performance metrics and measurements that can help the operator better understand network performance over time.