CP-Tel’s Next-Gen network upgrade nears completion


Faster network speeds, enhanced cyber security, and the latest technology features are now available to CP-Tel customers thanks to a system upgrade. The CP-Tel Next Generation Network Upgrade project was a major modernization effort over the last year that consisted of building a new Multi Hundred Gigabit core transmission fabric to provide high-speed enhanced Internet, Voice and HD Video Streaming. This upgrade also provides advanced cyber security threat protection capabilities and redundant switching and routing for improved reliability. CP-Tel Network Engineers worked directly with Cisco and CCI Systems on the Network Design and the Deployment of the Next-Gen Network (NGN) upgrade. The Cisco ASR9000 Series Routers at both the core and edge will provide CP-Tel with a robust feature-rich platform capable of delivering advanced Ethernet, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and IP based Services to CP-Tel’s customers.

In addition to routing and switching features provided by the Next-Gen Network, Firewall Solutions, Intrusion Prevention and Advanced Malware Protection services will provide additional protection from cyber threats. Mike Cheatwood, Network Manager for CP-Tel added “With the extensive upgrades that we’ve done in our main office we have created a Network foundation we can build on and continue to grow.

We are now capable of offering true 1Gbps speeds, up and down, to our fiber to the home customers. This exceeds what our competitors are able to do with cable technology. In addition, our core systems are now fully redundant meaning less outages and more stability.” Richard Gill, CEO for CP-Tel said. “While upgrades are painful, they’re necessary to stay competitive and to provide the services customers require. The completion of this NGN upgrade will allow us to concentrate on upgrading our service areas to Fiber to the Home or Business and Fiber to the Curb architectures.” Cisco Systems, Inc. is an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in San Jose, California, in the center of Silicon Valley, that is considered the leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of networking hardware, telecommunications equipment and other high-technology services and products. CCI Systems Inc. provides across the network communication solutions to service providers, health care, educational, power, and hospitality industries. With over 60 years of experience consulting, engineering, constructing, integrating, and managing complex communication networks, CCI delivers flexible, custom solutions for all network platforms. For more information visit www.ccisystems.com. CP-Tel Holdings Inc. is full service broadband, internet, telephone and TV service provider.

Founded over 85 years ago, CP-Tel is the only locally owned broadband company serving Northwest Louisiana with world-class advanced fiber optic network. CP-Tel staff can be reached at 318-352-0006.