Bristol Tennessee Essential Services offers 1 Gigabit broadband service to customers
Nov 20, 2012 (Menafn - TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) --Bristol Tennessee Essential Services and Alcatel-Lucent ALU said that one-gigabit broadband service is now available to all of BTES' 33,000 residential and business electric customers.
Powered by Alcatel-Lucent's Gigabit passive optical network technology, Bristol's network will accommodate speeds of up to 1 Gigabit-per-second, which is 10 times faster than the FCC's National Broadband Plan calling for 100 Mbps speeds for 100 million households nationwide by 2020.
One Gigabit service also has tremendous benefits for education, from elementary through university levels. For example, an elementary school located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is combining SMART Board Technology and BTES' Gigabit service to offer virtual field trips to learn about other parts of the world. Recently, a classroom of 20 eight-year-olds "travelled" to Egypt to learn about the pyramids assisted by their own on-site tour guide.
"Alcatel-Lucent and BTES have a long-standing relationship, and are committed to putting the Bristol community at the forefront of high-speed, high-tech communications for consumers, schools and businesses alike," said Robert Vrij, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Americas region and head of Global Strategic Alliances. "Our long-time collaboration to bring this network to Bristol speaks volumes about the confidence they have in our technology, our expertise, our leadership and our ability to help create one of the world's most advanced high-speed broadband access networks."
Bristol Tennessee Essential Services is a municipally-owned electric utility that also provides high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable television services over a fibre optic network. For more information, visit www.btes.net.
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com,
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