Stay up to date with all of ADTRAN's news, products and services with posts from the leaders in our industry.



Stay up to date with all of ADTRAN's news, products and services with posts from the leaders in our industry.

With the E-rate season winding down, many schools are facing the question of how to take advantage of some of the new E-rate rules and eligible services.

Last year, for the first time, schools were able to fund managed Wi-Fi and switching services through E-rate. This presented a new opportunity for resources-strapped school districts, which lack the necessary staff to manage the growing mobile device population on their network. For other districts, it makes better sense to keep all IT management in-house, given their expertise or systems they have in place to handle network burdens.

You have probably heard by now that enterprise grade 802.11ac chipsets from the chipset manufacturers such as Qualcomm and Broadcom are arriving in what has been dubbed “waves” or phases. Enterprise wave 1 11ac access points started shipping in the second half of 2013 and the majority of the 11ac access points on the market today can be considered wave 1. Wave 2 11ac access points were expected to start shipping in the second half of 2015 (and have begun) but full featured versions aren’t expected until the first half of 2016.

Last week the ITU working group developing the XGS-PON standard (ITU-T Q2/15) approved the document to be forwarded for consent. What exactly does that mean? The XGS-PON standardization effort that kicked off last summer has moved to the next step toward standardization with final comments being solicited. Once all comments have been resolved, XGS-PON will be an official new broadband standard.

The effort lead by ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, BT, China Telecom, Huawei, and Orange will see next generation 10Gbps broadband technologies double the useable life span of a fiber network regardless of how fast the market's broadband traffic usage grows.

BT has been in the UK headlines quite a lot these past few weeks. News of a rare service interruption aside, BT’s recent press cuttings file is par for the course. A little background chatter about potential regulatory tightening here; some more calls to accelerate faster and cheaper broadband services there… Whatever they do for the UK’s broadband infrastructure never seems to be enough, and there’s a big problem with that narrative. It just isn’t true.

I’m not saying the media is manufacturing negative perceptions. Maybe it’s just the price you pay for having customers with high expectations and a reputation as one of the most respected telecom operators in the world.

This week ADTRAN is participating in the Ohio Telecom Association (OTA) Statehouse Day in Columbus, OH. The event brings together Ohio state legislators and service providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, Cincinnati Bell, Verizon, Windstream, ORBA, and more. ADTRAN is pleased to have the opportunity to share examples of the economic benefits Gigabit broadband is bringing to the residents, businesses and students of Ohio.

ADTRAN would like to congratulate Valparaiso, Indiana for being chosen as a semifinalist in the $10 million America’s Best Communities competition, sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank. The competition is designed to recognize and reward communities that demonstrate vision and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as a commitment to improve lives and stimulate their local economy. We’ve supported and counseled the city in the development of its Community Revitalization Plan and we’re very excited they had been chosen as one of the 15 semifinalists in the competition.

Application and Website Analytics

Application and Website Analytics scour data around which websites people go to, which search terms they enter, which applications they use, which social media they engage in (and for how long), if they buy something, and other relevant data. It’s presented to the customer via user-friendly dashboards, notifications, reports, and APIs that interface with third party CRM, POS and advertising systems. This was originally designed for IT to be able to report on which websites and applications were being used on the network, firewall them – block or allow, bandwidth allocate them, and prioritize them with QOS but has since taken a central role in assessing the on-line behavior of a user on premise.

Presence Analytics

When a Wi-Fi enabled device such as a smart phone or tablet comes within range of a wireless network, it sends a message called a probe request asking for the identity of the network. While probe requests are not used by most Wi-Fi networks if the client device does not associate or connect to the network, these simple transactions from un-associated client devices could yield important information. For example, probe requests could be analyzed to determine how many people are nearby or walking by (passersby), how long the passerby hangs out (dwell), if they come inside the location (visitors), how many passerby vs visitors (capture rate), how long a visitor hangs out (engagement) and if they are new or repeat visitors (loyalty). This brings the same type of metrics that are available to websites to brick-and-mortar facilities.


Wi-Fi is now the preferred method of access to the network. More and more applications are moving to the cloud. Consumers are demanding always on anywhere wireless internet access and they are expecting it for free. They see Wi-Fi as just another utility, like water and electricity. They expect it there, they expect it free and they expect it just to work. This possesses a significant challenge for venue owners and service providers alike who were not that long ago, able to charge for Wi-Fi internet access in public venues and share in the revenue. Particularly for the venue owner, what was once a source of revenue has now become a cost. So what are the options for monetizing Wi-Fi without a direct exchange of money?

One of Russia’s largest annual music festivals, Alfa Future People took place in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, July 17-18. Alfa Future People is a yearly gathering of some the world’s best music, technology, and recreational events, such as football, laser tag, and others. Technologies such as 3D printers, virtual reality simulations, and the newest in green vehicles, the Tesla, were all on display during the event.

The three day long festival has been growing every year and the number of visitors continues to increase. This year, an estimated 40,000 fans attended the Alfa event. With so many there to enjoy the festivities, having a network capable of handling the thousands of devices with seamless mobile connectivity was absolutely essential.

Our partner NSTel was responsible for deploying ADTRAN Bluesocket vWLAN throughout the festival. Wi-Fi was deployed across more than 150,000 square meters in an open air space. NSTel carried out all the work for Wi-Fi deployment – from network design to construction and installation,