|Monday, 29 April 2013 13:56|
Springfield, VT – 500 rural Vermont homes and farms have now been connected to the Internet at full gigabit speeds, downstream and upstream, over optical fiber, by Vermont Telephone Company (VTel).
Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com, said, “VTel is doing what Google is doing in Kansas City and Austin, but in rural Vermont – gigafication of the Internet. It’s a tremendous win for rural America.”
VTel is “fibering” 100% of its 17,500 customers, and the company’s remarkable $35/month GigE price – with no catches or “gotchas” – has been made possible by funding from U.S. broadband stimulus awards from Rural Utilities Service and NTIA, totaling $94 million for 1,200 miles of fiber construction and network upgrades.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said, “Vermont has been ranked #1 for Internet connection speed by Akamai’s latest State of the Internet report and VTel has been among the providers helping us achieve this impressive distinction.” He added, “ VTel’s commitment to innovation and technology has enabled the company to provide high-speed Internet to rural areas of Vermont. This is good news for VTel customers and for Vermont jobs, economic development and quality of life."
VTel CEO Dr. Michel Guité noted, “Google, a great tech company, is building its Kansas City and Austin networks with technology almost identical to VTel’s, enabling a full gigabit downstream and a full gigabit upstream. In VTel’s fiber network, 32 Springfield homes get about 32 gigabits of bandwidth. By contrast, in Verizon’s FiOS network, 32 homes share only 2.4 gigabits. VTel offers more than ten times the capacity of Verizon’s FiOS, and is more than 100 times faster than most U.S. cable TV connections.” No residential provider anywhere in the country has a more powerful and robust network.
The VTel GigE network services and technology include:
VTel field teams are adding more than 200 GigE homes per week, with the project on target to reach every location in the VTel service territory by mid-2014. VTel is also offering television (“VTelevision”), and high-definition voice telephone service over its new fiber network, as well as cloud storage and statewide 4G/LTE broadband wireless. The company’s IPTV head-end system is being tested today for 500 channels, and VTel expects to launch IPTV services this summer. VTel will continue to offer voice with the reliability of a century old incumbent rural phone company, but with enhanced sound clarity, and improved telephone services.
VTel has a history of rural Internet innovation. The magazine Telephony in 2001 reported VTel had the highest penetration of DSL in America at 15 percent. “We broke through 50 percent in about 2006, and our goal today is near 100 percent,” said Guité. “Our significantly upgraded GigE speeds will be offered at the same monthly fee as our existing DSL service. We’re trying to prove that a standalone high-speed rural network, with GigE to every home, high-definition voice, unlimited voice calling, 500 channels of state-of-the-art video, and 4G LTE wireless can survive in rural America. The jury is out but we’re optimistic.”
Contact: Dr. Michel Guité
Technology Overview of the VTel GigE Internet Service
The VTel GigE network is a “true” gigabit network. The network design matches the state-of-the-art systems Google is building in Kansas City and in Austin. Following are some technical details:
With these world-class manufacturing partners, no residential provider anywhere in the world has a more powerful and robust network than VTel GigE in rural Vermont
Contact: Dr. Michel Guité
Headquartered in Springfield, Vermont, VTel is a small family-owned communications company serving 21 rural Vermont communities. VTel prides itself on world-class communications services, while answering customer phone calls with a friendly voice on the first ring. The VTel plain old telephone services (POTS) copper network has continuously provided telephone service to southern Vermont farms and homes since it began operations in 1890. As a part of the company’s service tradition, VTel provided the phone line that enabled Calvin Coolidge to be sworn in as United States President, at Plymouth Notch, VT, on August 3, 1923.
Today, VTel is upgrading its copper network to all-fiber, with the fastest Internet service in the country. The VTel GigE fiber optic network service will deliver billion-bit-per-second Internet to every one of the 17,500 homes and businesses within the company’s ILEC service area. The VTel fiber optic network serves as the backbone for all the company’s enhanced services with 100-gigabit speeds, including high definition voice, cloud storage, and a soon-to-be-launched IPTV product featuring more than 500 channels, as well as backhaul to the company’s wireless sites.
VTel is proudly a part of a U.S. tradition of small rural telephone companies that are also innovators. For example, VTel was first in Vermont to offer Internet services in 1994. Since 1994, VTel has invested over $100 million of its own capital to upgrade the company’s Vermont network, extend fiber to New York, Montreal and Boston, and acquire FCC wireless licenses, creating local jobs and helping build Vermont’s economy. VTel strives to offer its customers the lowest costs in Vermont, with the highest service quality. The company takes pride in public data showing it typically has the fewest complaints per 1,000 people served by any carrier in the state.
VTel also operates a 1,400-mile optical fiber network from Vermont to New York City, Cambridge, Boston and Montreal, serving some of the most intensive data users and research universities in the northeast.
In 2010, VTel became one of the largest U.S. federal government rural broadband ARRA awardees, with grants from Rural Utilities Service, National Telecommunications Information Administration, and the FCC, in addition to a 10-year agreement with Vermont’s largest public utility, Green Mountain Power, for wireless Smart Grid communications, and VTel matching funds, for a total capital investment of over $150 million.
For more information on VTel, please call 802.885.9000 or visit the company’s website at www.vermontel.com.
Contact: Dr. Michel Guité
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