ADTRANÂ®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a provider of next-generation open networking solutions, has launched its Gigabit Accelerator Program, the company said.
The goal of the program is to provide needed resources to service providers that will enable them to accelerate their delivery of gigabit services, especially in rural areas.
This comprehensive program includes a gigabit FTTH starter kit, installation services, training, marketing support and access to gigabit community partners. With this program, communities serviced by smaller carriers, who haven´t had marketing or community outreach resources readily available, can more easily market their next-gen broadband services to subscribers and evangelize broadband benefits within the community.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continues to drive for expanding broadband coverage through programs such as the Connect America Fund (CAF) and Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM). Also, the US Senate and House of Representatives have recently taken up the Gigabit Opportunity Act, a bill designed to bridge the digital divide and allow all communities to benefit from the advantages that broadband Internet brings to local economies, education and rural healthcare. The ADTRAN Gigabit Accelerator Program aligns with this vision by accelerating gigabit services rollouts through a comprehensive program targeted at A-CAM funding recipients who haven´t had the internal resources to do such.
Since 2012, a number of service providers have announced rollouts of gigabit services, and now about 18 percent of the US population has access to gigabit services. That means that over 80 percent of the US population still does not have access to gigabit Internet, presenting service providers with a huge opportunity to expand services and gain market share.
ADTRAN, Inc. is a global provider of networking and communications equipment. ADTRAN´s products enable voice, data, video and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide.