The demand for great communications services has never been stronger, especially in our rural and underserved communities. One of the greatest challenges facing not only the communications industry, but many countries in general, is how to best bridge the digital divide.

Electric cooperatives are increasingly taking on the non-traditional role of delivering high-speed internet access and other advanced communications services to their local customers and residents. They are filling a void where some of the more traditional communications service providers have deemed it too expensive and chosen not to extend broadband service into rural communities.

Transitions are never easy, that is why it is best to work with professionals who have more than 50 years of expertise in the sector - such as Ribbon.

Utility to UTelco

The shift from Utility to UTelco is not entirely smooth sailing. First of all, a mindset shift is required to move from providing internal services to becoming a service provider. This requires a deep understanding of the competitive landscape of the local market and identifying the right services and price points.

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IP Optical Solutions for Rural Utility Companies

What Steps do you take from Utility to Utelco?

From Utility to Utelco

UTelcos are competitive telecom operators owned by or related to a utility company (power, water, gas, oil, transportation). They usually begin as a group within the utility company in charge of delivering internal communication services. They can then become a competitive telecom operator under the utility-holding company or government entity. Find out the next steps in our Whitepaper.

Utility to UTelco Whitepaper

Tombigbee Electric Brings Broadband Access to Rural Customers

Member-owned utility provider uses RDOF and CARES Act grants to upgrade its IP Optical network and help bridge the digital divide by offering high speed internet access to all customers leveraging Ribbon and KGPCo.

Winter (Package) is Coming

The European Commission’s ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package – commonly known as the ‘Winter Package’, will have a number of its directives in-place by January of 2021. The Commission is focused on making the world a ‘greener, cleaner’ place. It’s likely to be one of the first of many such initiatives, as other countries pass their own regulations. Beyond reducing emissions and increasing transparency, this legislation has important implications for utilities worldwide. It will leave many utilities with a lot to do to comply – and not much time to do it.

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Winter (Package) is Coming

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Integrated Security

For your IT and OT



Hardened for utilities and critical industries

IT/OT Upgrades Made Simple

Utilities have traditionally managed their IT and OT networks as separate sub-networks. This webinar will discuss another approach: how to combine these networks onto a common physical infrastructure.

Benefits of combining the networks can include:

  • A simpler overall network design and lower operating costs
  • Common equipment can carry both networks simultaneously, lowering capital costs
  • A network that can be upgraded, expanded, and enhanced as demands change and new services are added
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IT/OT Upgrades Made Simple