Beginning in 1988, VTCI also founded and acquired a number of deregulated affiliates to provide transport, long-distance, wireless broadband, collocation and competitive local exchange carrier services.
The evolution from a "plain old telephone service" provider to a diversified, leading-edge communications company has posed other challenges for VTCI, which offers a picture of what other rural telcos can expect if they, too, want to create an image as a provider of diverse advanced communications services.
At VTCI, despite ongoing training issues, customers seem to have gotten the company's message of change and progress.
ADTRAN listened to our requirements and delivered a specific solution that allows us to offer our customers best-in-class FTTP," said Dave Osborn, CEO, VTCI.
With this management system in place, VTCI can leverage a single interface to manage all of its network elements, and more importantly, many of the services for its customer base.
As service provider networks evolve, ADTRAN enables customers, like VTCI, to quickly adapt to rapid changes in network capacity requirements, subscriber usage behavior and demands for high-bandwidth applications," said Mitch Fleming, regional vice president, sales, ADTRAN Carrier Networks Division.
IP-PRIME will enable rural telcos like VTCI to receive and distribute hundreds of video channels in their service areas over DSL, fiber optic and hybrid facilities at greatly reduced capital costs.
The IP-PRIME system is also designed to allow easy integration of local broadcast signals at the telco's headend enabling VTCI to deliver standard and high-definition television (HDTV) as well as video-on-demand (VoD) programming, digital video recorder (DVR) and music services.