EPB leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to offer the
nation’s fastest broadband service
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn and Paris, September 13, 2010 – EPB Fiber Optics,
Chattanooga’s municipally-owned fiber-to-the-premises network, and
Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced the only 1
Gigabit broadband service in the United States for residential and business
customers is now available citywide in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
EPB operates a high-speed optical fiber network that today offers services
to over 100,000 homes and businesses in the metropolitan Chattanooga and
surrounding rural areas. With the new 1 Gigabit symmetrical service offering,
Chattanooga offers the fastest broadband service in the country, and is tied
with a handful of international communities for fastest in the world.
Powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical network (GPON)
technology, Chattanooga’s new network will accommodate speeds of up to 1
gigabit-per-second (Gbps), which is more than 200 times faster than the current
national download speed average. Every home and business within EPB’s 600
square-mile, nine-county service area will be able to access the network,
making it the most comprehensive product of its kind in the United States.
“Chattanooga is light years ahead when it comes to providing ultra fast
broadband,” said Tom Edd Wilson, President and CEO of the Chattanooga Area
Chamber of Commerce. “By offering the fastest available speeds to a whole
community comprising a diverse population living in both urban and rural areas,
Chattanooga has become the living laboratory for today’s innovations and
With EPB and Alcatel-Lucent’s announcement of 1 Gigabit service, Chattanooga
is now 10 times faster and 10 years ahead of FCC’s National Broadband Plan
calling for 100 Mbps speeds for 100 million households nationwide by 2020.
“This groundbreaking commercial offering creates tremendous opportunities
for residents and businesses in the region.” said Harold DePriest, President
and CEO of EPB. “With access to the fastest broadband speeds in the United
States, Chattanooga represents the next frontier in communications technology,
with limitless potential for new applications for education, entertainment,
healthcare, industrial development and more.”
“EPB has long been a pioneer in deploying fiber solutions, putting the
Chattanooga community at the forefront of high-speed, high-tech
communications,” said Robert Vrij, President of Alcatel-Lucent’s Americas
region. “Alcatel-Lucent has been part of EPB’s vision to bring next-generation
services and applications to Chattanooga from the beginning. That collaboration
speaks volumes about the confidence they have in our technology, our expertise,
our global leadership and our ability to help create one of the world’s most
advanced high-speed broadband access networks.”
Alcatel-Lucent is the worldwide leader in fixed broadband access, supporting
the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services. Today, one out
of three fixed broadband subscribers around the world is served through an
access network provided by Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent is involved in more
than 100 fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) projects worldwide, more than 85 of which are
based on GPON technology. Alcatel-Lucent is the driving force behind the first
commercial PON-based 1Gbps-offerings in the world – i.e. EPB Chattanooga (US),
Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited and ZON Multimedia (Portugal).
To learn more about Chattanooga, Tennessee’s new 1 Gigabit broadband
service, please visit http://www.chattanoogagig.com.
Follow on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ChattanoogaGig
About EPB’s 100% Fiber Optic Network
EPB, Chattanooga’s municipal electric utility, is using its fiber-to-the-home
network as the backbone for its Smart Grid which will provide increased power
reliability, greater operational efficiency and more power management tools for
the utility’s electric customers.
In addition to its Smart Grid functions, the fiber-to-the-home network can
also provide communications services to business and residential customers,
including very high-speed Internet access, (high-definition) IPTV and phone
To learn more about EPB’s Smart Grid and EPB Fiber Optics’ services, please
visit: http://www.epb.net and http://www.epbfi.com.
Follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/EPB_Chattanooga.
About the Alcatel-Lucent GPON solution
For the new EPB network, Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 7342 Intelligent
Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU), 5520 Access Management
System (AMS), 7750 Service Router, 7450 Ethernet Service Switch, 5620 Service
Aware Manager and 5750 Subscriber Services Controller, along with the
OmniSwitch 6850 Ethernet LAN switch. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent also is
providing a complete portfolio of professional and consulting services.