Poka Lambro picks Ribbon-ECI for West Texas connectivity

Poka Lambro picks Ribbon-ECI for West Texas connectivity

01 April 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Ribbon Communications and ECI Telecom Group (Ribbon-ECI) has been selected by Poka Lambro Telephone Co-operative in Texas to upgrade its fibre infrastructure.

Poka Lambro is upgrading its network to meet growing demands for its services and expand the bandwidth capabilities available to its customers

In addition, the modernisation project will enable the company to manage its network and quickly respond to changes in network and bandwidth demands.

“Western Texas is home to some of the strongest agri-business in the US, and its communities require consistent, reliable connectivity,” said Mike Jarret, Vice President of Outside Operations at Poka Lambro. “

“With Ribbon-ECI’s optical technologies and remote network management tools, we can ensure our customers experience unwavering connectivity while reducing our truck rolls across the region. Without a doubt, we feel equipped to meet the demands of our customers and deliver exceptional service both today and well into the future.”

Poka Lambro selected solutions from Ribbon-ECI’s Apollo optical portfolio that can be deployed over its existing XDM network. This included the Apollo 9603 and 9608 next-gen transponders, which will enable Poka Lambro to deliver advanced 100G network speeds.

Also, because both the Apollo and XDM platforms share the LightSOFT Network Management System, Poka Lambro is expected to make significant cost savings in both capital and operational expenditure.

“After upgrading Poka Lambro’s optical network in 2011, Ribbon-ECI is proud to work with Poka Lambro once again to deliver modern, future-ready networking tools that allow it to meet the service needs of rural customers, while quickly and dynamically responding to the shifting bandwidth demands of the local agri-business," said Kevin Driscoll, head of the Ribbon-ECI North American packet-optical team.

“Service providers across North America, like Poka Lambro, are looking to modernize their networks practically and economically and we've designed our portfolio of modular, feature-rich and intuitive networking solutions to meet these needs.”