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Jackson Energy Authority Upgrades One of the Nation’s Largest FTTH Networks to ADTRAN’s Gigabit Service Architecture

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ADTRAN(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) , a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions, today announced as part of its Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program, that Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) has selected ADTRAN’s advanced Gigabit service architecture to deliver next-generation broadband across one of the nation’s largest public Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks.

With more than 18,000 endpoints in its network, JEA is making Gigabit service available to a greater number of residential and business customers than any of the broadband, cable and competitive providers in Jackson, Tenn. JEA’s Gigabit service offering will play a crucial role in stimulating economic development and transforming the Jackson community by attracting new businesses and industries that have a strong need for high-speed fiber broadband infrastructure.

An early adopter of fiber technology, JEA first deployed its FTTH network over a decade ago, when competitors were still laying down copper. While west Tennessee has historically been an agricultural region, JEA understood early on that deploying fiber could support the community’s evolution into a globally connected commercial center. The area has already seen economic and business growth from a cross section of industries, with Gigabit services looking to benefit several specific market segments including manufacturing, education, healthcare, retail and residential services.

“Gigabit service is the natural extension of our fiber network, taking our network and customers to new levels of connectivity and growth,” said Ben Lovins, senior vice president, telecom for Jackson Energy Authority. “ADTRAN’s Gigabit broadband portfolio provided the flexibility, scalability and performance we needed to deploy our Gigabit services with confidence. We know ADTRAN understands the challenges we face as we look to build out our network for next-generation broadband and will help us to achieve our deployment goals.”

“JEA has proven time and again just how innovative and knowledgeable they are in terms of understanding their customer needs and making sure they’re addressed. By looking ahead, they’re able to anticipate what technology will be demanded and take the necessary steps to ensure they can meet that demand,” said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division. “ADTRAN knows how important it is for service providers, like JEA, to evolve, change and grow their business in a way that will enable them to accelerate Gigabit service delivery and provide their communities with new economic opportunities.”

ADTRAN’s Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program showcases how innovative technologies are being used in cities, towns and communities across the country to support economic growth and urban development. These communities are using ADTRAN’s world-class Gigabit broadband, Wi-Fi and Cloud service offerings to re-invigorate downtown business and residential districts, connect classrooms with other learning centers around the world, and help attract new companies seeking to relocate out of crowded urban centers.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading 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. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.

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