EPB Launches First 25 Gigabyte Community Internet Service in the United States

Pursuing the goal of providing the fastest Internet speeds in the world that led Chattanooga Municipal Utility to launch the first fully available Gig-speed Internet service in the United States (2010) and the first 10-Gig Internet service ( 2015), EPB launched the first nationwide community service Internet service of 25 gigabits per second (25,000 Mbps).

It should be available to all residential and commercial customers on a 100% fiber optic network with symmetrical download and upload speeds.

Through a partnership with Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Convention Center is EPB’s first 25 Gig customer, making it the first convention center in the world to offer speeds as fast over a broadband network.

Using this technology, the Convention Center will be able to simultaneously provide high-speed connectivity to thousands of smart devices for hosting business conferences, online gaming competitions, live events and more.

“EPB keeps Chattanooga on the cutting edge,” said Vicky Gregg, chair of EPB’s board of directors. “We are once again breaking away from the typical ISP approach by proactively adopting the latest technologies in anticipation of future needs. Our goal is to enable new frontiers for technical innovation and job creation for our customers for the benefit of our entire community.

Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga each committed $151,000 in infrastructure funding for a total of $302,000 to cover the cost of installing new network equipment and Wi-Fi hotspots in the entire convention center plus much of the cost of providing multi-gig connectivity for the next five years. Once the new equipment is installed, visitors will be able to enjoy high-speed connectivity throughout the facility.

“The new 25 Gig Internet service gives our convention center a major competitive advantage in hosting business conferences, conventions, online gaming competitions and other events that attract tens of thousands of visitors and several million dollars spent in our local economy,” said County Mayor Jim Coppinger. “Throughout my tenure as mayor, I have been focused on supporting new economic opportunities for the people of Hamilton County. I am proud to stand with the Hamilton County Commission, the City of Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Tourism Co., the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the EPB in launching this new job creation that will serve our community for many years to come.

“EPB has continually pushed the boundaries of what a utility can do for a city, and by launching community-wide 25 gigabit per second Internet service, we’ve cemented Chattanooga’s competitive advantage as a as the premier destination for the nation’s emerging knowledge-based innovation economy,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “This incredible new resource will not only attract businesses, entrepreneurs and top talent from around the world, but it will also improve the quality of life for the tens of thousands of Chattanoogans who depend on high-quality, high-speed internet for work at home. distance. Simply put, this is an unprecedented boon to our local economy.

The launch of the new Internet service is made possible through EPB’s ongoing, multi-year efforts to upgrade the entire community network, from the core to the optical network equipment at the customers’ premises, with the latest optical signaling technology, as well as the deployment of Nokia. Breakthrough 25G symmetric optical fiber broadband technology PON (Passive Optical Network). With Nokia 25 PON, EPB can deliver 25 Gig Internet services anywhere on its network while avoiding the need for point-to-point point-to-point installations that other vendors can only offer as custom design-build solutions for business broadband customers. . As a result, businesses typically bear the high cost of installing the necessary fiber optic cabling to their locations, along with all other construction costs.

“Nokia and EPB have a proven track record over the past two decades delivering fiber access innovations to meet market needs. This announcement highlights how fiber broadband services are evolving beyond the residential broadband,” said David Eckard, CTO North America at Nokia. “Enterprises have an insatiable appetite for connectivity, driven in part by the ubiquitous use of video, but also now by cloud-based applications requiring instantaneous bandwidth.Providing enterprises with services over the same fiber network is a scalable and pragmatic use of their existing network assets, and 25G PON provides the immediate capacity to scale up to be able to deliver unparalleled bandwidth.

In launching 25 Gig Internet service, EPB also continues to partner with Arista Networks, which provides the equipment needed to upgrade the convention space to Wi-Fi 6 with a PoE campus switching platform. multi gig. This will provide visitors to the Conference Center with high connection speeds over wireless and wired networks. Arista’s security capabilities that include WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System) coupled with IPFIX will keep visitor connections safe and secure.

Delivering high network speeds, capacity and security in public places can be very challenging,” said Pramod Badjate, Group Vice President and General Manager, Cognitive Campus for Arista Networks. “The partnership between Arista and EPB provides customers with high connection speeds and security for both wired and wireless networks.”

EPB launched its community-wide Gig-speed Internet service in September 2010, which quickly earned Chattanooga the reputation of “Gig City”. Today’s 25 Gig improvement follows a 2015 upgrade which made Chattanooga the first to offer 10 Gig Internet service available to everyone in a community. The latest upgrade uses 25GS PON (25 Gigabit Symmetrical Passive Optical Network) line cards embedded in the same fiber nodes and uses the same fiber used for the existing GPON and XGS-PON network.

EPB’s Gig-Speed ​​Internet has helped the Chattanooga area win many prestigious accolades while strengthening the community’s rank as a tech hotspot. Chattanooga was ranked number 36 in Inc.’s Surge Cities list of the best cities in the country to start a business and was recognized as one of the top five growth markets for the meetings industry by Knowland and one of the best growing cities in the South by Southern Life Magazine.

“Many people who visit Chattanooga think of our ‘Scenic City’ reputation, but when they experience our ‘Gig City’ internet speeds combined with our landscape and lifestyle, many businesses and families want stay,” said Barry White, President and CEO of Chattanooga Tourism Co. “EPB’s commitment to cutting-edge innovation is key to the economic and social prosperity of our community.”

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