ADTRAN, a supplier of next-generation open networking solutions, announced that Liberty Business, Liberty Puerto Rico's business division, has joined the Enabling Communities, Connecting Lives program and is utilising its gigabit services architecture to deliver gigabit broadband speeds to schools and SMBs in rural locations on the island.
By upgrading its fibre infrastructure to support gigabit broadband services, Liberty Business is aiming to provide enterprise customers in western and southern areas of Puerto Rico with high-speed connectivity to support demand for high-bandwidth applications and services that businesses need. As part of the project, Liberty Business is also installing infrastructure to connect previously underserved schools and so enhance the educational resources available.
ADTRAN stated that prior to deploying its gigabit services architecture, many rural communities in Puerto Rico were isolated and without Internet connectivity. Following the deployment, Liberty Business is able to provide connectivity throughout the island and to deliver quality video and a range of services capabilities island-wide.
As a result of the project, enterprises and schools have access to expanded high-speed connectivity and Liberty Business is able to support educational technology demands as well as comply with local mandates, while also addressing the evolving requirements of local businesses as they seek to compete in a global marketplace.
Liberty Global, which recently completed the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), with the CWC business integrated into its Latin American and Caribbean group (the LiLAC Group), previously in June 2015 acquired Puerto Rico Cable Acquisition Company (dba Choice Cable TV), the second largest cable and broadband services provider in Puerto Rico. The combination of Choice and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico (LCPR) created the largest cable operator on the island.
Liberty Puerto Rico has approximately 777,000 RGUs in 75 municipalities across the eastern, central, northern southern and western regions of Puerto Rico.
Liberty Global has operations in 14 countries in Europe and the Americas and serves around 27 million customers that subscribe to 57 million TV, broadband Internet and telephony services. It also has around 7 million mobile subscribers and offers WiFi service via 6 million access points.
Commenting on the deployment, Antonio Llona, VP of Liberty Business, said, "Many service providers do not focus on providing connectivity to the more rural parts of Puerto Rico, which creates significant disadvantages for businesses and schools looking to operate and serve the community outside the island’s major cities… ADTRAN has enabled Liberty to provide a seamless connectivity experience across the entire island…".