Burlington Deploys ADC Gear

City of Burlington, Vermont installs ADC next generation fiber frames for its point-to-point fiber optic network

January 17, 2006

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MINNEAPOLIS -- ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT; www.adc.com), a leading supplier of infrastructure solutions for fiber-to-the-x (FTTX) networks, today announced that the City of Burlington, Vermont, has installed ADC Next Generation Fiber Frames for the city's new state-of-the-art point-to-point fiber optic network. A city-owned utility, Burlington Telecom, developed its own fiber network designed to serve the present and future telecommunications needs of Burlington's citizens, businesses, and institutions with telephone, high-speed Internet, and IPTV services.

"We did our due diligence researching vendors and one of the things we really liked about ADC was its Next Generation Fiber Frame," said Chris Burns, project manager for the Burlington Telecom Project. "We looked at the traditional LGX-style frames from other large vendors. However, given the densities that we needed for fiber terminations and the sheer number of terminations, splitter arrangements, and the amount of patch cords between splitters and termination heads, it was essential for us to have a cable management system to accommodate very high take rates."

ADC's Next Generation Fiber Frame is a high-density solution that provides unlimited expansion while optimizing fiber cable management, and is designed to fit a variety of termination, splice, and storage applications. Each frame is designed with an emphasis on superior cable management and ease of use, including features such as ample trough space for cable and jumpers, easy access to connectors, and storage for jumpers. These frames are shipped from the factory fully equipped with all cable management hardware including an integrated jumper storage panel.

Today's FTTX networks impact the central office environment, where new electronics support high-speed voice, data and video services. ADC's broad portfolio of copper and fiber infrastructure products, raceways and high-performance connectors assure smooth integration of new equipment and technologies, as well as long-term reliability and flexibility critical in the central office.

"We currently have 6,048 fiber terminations with ADC, with an additional forecast of 4,000 terminations coming into our central office. So, right now, we have five bays of ADC Next Generation Fiber Frames - four for terminations and one for splitters," said Burns. "Although we're in the early stages of FTTX deployment, we have a lot of fiber already in place as part of the first phase of the Burlington Telecom Project."

The first phase of Burlington Telecom's FTTX rollout involved building a 16.5-mile optical-fiber network to connect the principal buildings and facilities of city government. The next phase of the Project will extend the voice, data, and video network to the entire City of Burlington. Beginning in mid-January 2006, approximately 2,400 homes and businesses will be able to sign up for all three services in Burlington's initial service area. When completed in 2007, this open-access fiber network will be an enormous economic development tool, providing ultra-high-speed communications to every home and business in Burlington.

"The City of Burlington, like many other small cities and towns around the United States, has decided to ensure that all of its citizens and businesses have the telecommunication services they need by building a municipally-owned 21st century fiber optic network," said Tom Huegerich, director of fiber product management for ADC. "We are proud to help Burlington Telecom manage the fiber cable infrastructure that will carry virtually unlimited amounts of traffic and services to every home and business, providing many times the capacity to deliver today's demands on bandwidth and tomorrow's promise of innovations, choice, and flexibility."

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