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Adtran partners Talkie Communications on fibre-optic network in rural Maryland

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Adtran is collaborating with Talkie Communications to build a 100% fibre, 10G communications backbone network along the Eastern coast of Maryland.

Once completed, the new network will connect underserved communities in the area and drive overall economic development in the region.

“We are rolling out multi-gigabit services right now in Kent County, where it’s mostly farmers and residents who had no choice before and now have access to the best and most affordable internet thanks to Adtran’s 10G XGS-PON fibre solution,” said André DeMattia, president, Talkie Communications. “Fibre is going to change people’s lives on the Eastern Shore—not only allowing them to live, work and learn better but will also help one of the oldest colleges in America, our regional hospital and local government efforts to attract data centre business, which isn’t possible without fibre.”

The news comes as part of a 5-year, $100 million plan to accelerate infrastructure investment in the state and connect hundreds of thousands of residents by 2023, which was previously announced by Larry Hogan Governor of Maryland.

“It’s exciting to be a part of these kind of important community-based economic development efforts to improve lives and spark a world of possibilities,” added Mark Ogden, regional vice president, Adtran. “We see it all over the world—fibre transforms communities and all of us at ADTRAN are proud to support companies like Talkie Communications in making a real difference by building tomorrow’s networks today.”

Last month, Adtran partnered with the Arab Organization for Industrialization (AOI) to jointly develop a manufacturing program in Egypt to deliver Adtran fibre products to the region. As part of the agreement, the team will first focus on Adtran’s fibre access portfolio, which includes its XGS-PON, GPON and other SD-Access solutions.