EPB continues the focus on delivering the world’s fastest internet speeds that led Chattanooga Public Utilities to launch America’s first widely available gig-speed internet service (2010) and first 10 gig internet service (2015), and launched the nation’s first community-wide service 25 gigabits per second (25,000 Mbps) Internet service.
It should be available to all private and commercial customers via a 100 percent fiber optic network with symmetrical upload and download 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 such lightning-fast speeds over a broadband network.
With this technology, the convention center will be able to provide high-bandwidth connectivity to thousands of smart devices simultaneously to host business conferences, e-gaming competitions, live streaming events and more.
“The EPB keeps Chattanooga current,” said Vicky Gregg, CEO of the EPB. “We are once again breaking with the typical Internet Service Provider approach by proactively upgrading to the latest technologies in anticipation of future needs. Our goal is to push our customers to new frontiers in technical innovation and job creation for the benefit of our entire community.”
Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga each provided $151,000 in infrastructure funding for a total of $302,000 to cover the cost of installing new networking equipment and Wi-Fi access points throughout the convention center, as well as much of the cost of deploying multi- Gig to cover connectivity for the next five years. Once the new equipment is installed, visitors will be able to take advantage of high-speed connectivity throughout the facility.
“The new 25 gig internet service gives our convention center a great competitive advantage when it comes to hosting business conferences, conventions, e-gaming competitions and other events that bring tens of thousands of attendees and many millions of dollars in spending to our local economy” , said Borough Mayor Jim Coppinger. “Throughout my time as Mayor, my primary focus has been supporting new economic opportunities for the people of Hamilton County. I am proud to be working 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 tool 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 rolling out 25 gigabit-per-second internet service across the community, we have the competitive advantage of Chattanooga as the leading destination for the emerging knowledge innovative State’s economy strengthened,” said Tim Kelly, Mayor of Chattanooga. “This incredible new resource will not only attract businesses, entrepreneurs and top talent from around the world, but will improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of Chattanoogans who rely on high-quality, high-speed internet for remote work. Simply put, this is an unprecedented boon to our local economy.”
The launch of the new internet service is made possible by EPB’s ongoing, multi-year effort to upgrade the entire community-wide network from core to optical network equipment at customer premises with the latest optical signaling technology along with the deployment of Nokia’s pioneering symmetric 25G PON (Passive Optical Network) fiber -Broadband technology. With Nokia 25 PON, EPB can deliver 25 gig internet services anywhere on its network while avoiding the need for one-off point-to-point installations that other vendors may only offer as custom design-build solutions for high-bandwidth commercial customers. As a result, companies typically bear the high cost of running the required fiber optic cabling to their sites along with all other construction costs.
“Nokia and EPB have a proven track record of innovating fiber access over the past two decades to meet market demands. This announcement underscores how fiber broadband services are evolving beyond residential broadband,” said David Eckard, CTO North America at Nokia. “Enterprises have an insatiable appetite for connectivity, fueled in part by the ubiquitous use of video, but now also by cloud-based applications that demand instant bandwidth. Delivering business services on the same fiber optic network is an evolutionary and pragmatic use of their existing network resources, and 25G PON provides the instant capacity increase to be able to offer unprecedented bandwidth.”
EPB also continues to work with Arista Networks to roll out 25 Gig internet service, which is providing the equipment to upgrade the convention center to Wi-Fi 6 with multi-gig PoE campus switching platform. As a result, visitors to the conference center can enjoy high connection speeds on the wireless and wired networks. Arista’s security features, which include WIPS (Wireless Intrusion Prevention System) coupled with IPFIX, ensure the safety and security of visitor connections.
“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 offers customers high connection speeds and security for wired and wireless networks.”
EPB launched its community-wide gig-speed internet service in September 2010 and quickly earned Chattanooga a reputation as a “gig city.” Today’s 25 gig expansion follows a 2015 upgrade This made Chattanooga the first company to offer 10 gigabit internet service that everyone in a community could access. The latest upgrade uses 25GS 25 Gigabit Symmetric Passive Optical Network (PON) line cards integrated into 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 region win many prestigious awards while solidifying the community’s rank among technology hotspots. Chattanooga was ranked 36th Inc. Surge Cities List of the best cities in the country to start a business and recognized by as one of the top five growth markets for the meetings industry knowledge land and one of the South’s best cities on the rise Southern Life Magazine.
“Many of the people who visit Chattanooga think of our reputation as a ‘picturesque city,’ but when they experience the internet speeds of our ‘gig city’ combined with our scenery and lifestyle, many businesses and families want to stay,” said Barry White , President and CEO of Chattanooga Tourism Co. “EPB’s commitment to leading-edge innovation is a lynchpin to the economic and social prosperity of our community.”