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VTel expands the availability of IPTV with the help of Alcatel-Lucent

Together with Alcatel-Lucent, Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) recently announced plans to expand the availability of high speed broadband services such as Internet TV (IPTV) and video-on-demand to loyal subscribers in its telephone service territory in Southern Vermont.

VTel will begin installation of Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G optical coherent technology, based on the vendor’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), its 7750 Service Router and its OmniSwitch 9800E Metro Ethernet switch. This will aide VTel in addressing the ever-increasing demand for faster, more reliable and cost-efficient broadband business and consumer services.

The network management capabilities are provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s 5620 Service Aware Manager, and deployment was supported by the company’s engineering and installation services team.

Alcatel-Lucent has also been meticulously selected as the integrator of VTel’s IPTV service, which is based on Microsoft Mediaroom.

VTel will be shouldering the costs for the network extension with funding from the broadband stimulus program administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). This will help bridge the technological gap in Vermont.

VTel plans to expand the availability of broadband to a much larger market.

The project also expands and strengthens VTel’s existing 1,000-mile, four-state optical fiber network from the state of Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston and Montreal, which already serves some of the most intensive data users in the Northeast of the United States.

This project will considerably increase connectivity in VTel's service area, with the goal of helping to increase consumer broadband access and boost economic growth, stimulate job creation, and strengthen education, public safety, and healthcare delivery. The project also expands and strengthens VTel's existing 1,000 mile four-state optical fiber network from Vermont with connections to New York City, Boston, and Montreal, which already serves some of the most intensive data users in the northeast.

"In today's society, if you don’t have access to high-speed Internet, you have limited accessibility to educational, business and employment opportunities," said Justin Robinson, VTel president. "Alcatel-Lucent is a vital partner in delivering world-class broadband to help improve the quality of life and work for Vermont's residents and businesses."

Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas Region and head of Alcatel-Lucent's strategic alliances, stated: "High-definition video and other broadband services are driving up the volume of data being transported on networks nowadays. The continuous introduction of new innovations into our portfolio keeps our loyal customers ahead of these trends, while ensuring they can continue to benefit from the investments they have already made. The introduction of 100G with VTel will offer a major boost to their capabilities and in a very cost effective way."