Broadband Communities

MAY-JUN 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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FTTH DEPLOYMENT 2 4 | B R O A D B A N D C O M M U N I T I E S | w w w. b r o a d b a n d c o m m u n i t i e s . c o m | M AY / J U N E 2 0 1 9 Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies Deploy FTTH An independent telco leverages technology to oer next-generation services. By Alyson Moore / Corning Optical Communications O ntario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC), the largest independently owned telephone company in New York, has been in the business of connecting people for nearly 100 years. A family-owned operation now in its €fth generation, OTTC has lived €rsthand the transformation in telecommunications through changes in technologies, its network infrastructure, the services it oƒers and the experiences its customers expect. At the helm of OTTC today is president and CEO Paul H. Griswold, whose great-grandfather Hovey Griswold founded the Ontario Telephone Company in 1920. Trumansburg is nestled in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Working alongside Paul are his children, Ashley and Brenden, both of whom have supported the family business in a variety of roles since high school, just as their dad did before them. Committed to their customers and to the success of OTTC, the Griswolds operate their business today with the same focus the generations before them had: Seize the opportunities that come with changing times, and continuously deliver state-of-the-art services to attract and retain subscribers. "State of the art" is a moving target, and OTTC has embraced the challenge and the opportunities it presents. Paul Griswold has said, "We can't tell the future, but we will be ready for it." Being ready for the future means staying ahead of the demand for reliable, high- bandwidth services and applications, so in 2018, OTTC set out to extend the reach of optical €ber in its networks, beginning the process of installing €ber to the 11,000 homes and businesses it serves. A SOLUTION TO ENABLE FAST DEPLOYMENT Traditionally, expanding €ber-based broadband access involved fusion splicing optical €bers together in the €eld – a process that is time consuming, requires skilled labor and is highly susceptible to delays from inclement weather, labor and material availability, and human error. But with continuous innovation at the very heart of OTTC's business, the Griswolds looked to technology and manufacturing advancements to deliver faster results for their subscribers (and for their bottom line). For the outdoor portion of their network, they chose Corning's FlexNAP system, with hardened, weatherproof connectors that take the place of €eld splicing in an installation process that's similar to plugging an electrical cord into an outlet, so fast and easy that it cuts labor time by as much as €ve times compared with traditional €ber optic deployment methods. Even better, this plug-and-play solution uses cable lengths preconnectorized in Corning's pristine manufacturing facilities, giving OTTC the assurance that comes with factory installation and testing. Every network transformation outside requires a corresponding change in the

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