AFL Network Services Connects Buccament Bay Guests with Fiber-to-the-Cabana

Spartanburg, SC - Guests at the newly opening Buccament Bay Resort in St. Vincent, The Grenadines, will experience fiber optic-based communications services with the deployment of a Fiber-to-the-Cabana system from Grove Networks, AFL Network Services, and Tellabs.

Like many property owners,  Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, the owner of Buccament Bay Resort, understood that deploying traditional copper/coax architecture is not the best option for a new property, especially given the large geographic footprint of Buccament Bay Resort. While working with their technology consultant, Grove Networks of Miami, the Harlequin management team determined that the FTTC (Fiber to the Cabana) architecture had many advantages over a more traditional copper-based network, including delivery of high-bandwidth services to guests, and the ability to upgrade to future services seamlessly, without costly upgrades to existing infrastructure.

"Grove Networks provided a solution delivering all guest services over a common, managed infrastructure, not only providing significant cost savings over a traditional model, but also sufficient capacity for future services without additional infrastructure expense," said Joerg Roterberg, Vice President of Operations for Harlequin Hotels & Resorts. The fact that fiber is naturally immune to electromagnetic interference, lightning, and corrosion from saltwater also contributed to the decision to utilize a fiber, rather than copper architecture. 

Grove Networks turned to AFL Network Services for complete design and implementation assistance. As a globally-recognized manufacturer and integrator of fiber optic components, AFL provided a complete package of passive fiber optic components and Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) components in conjunction with Tellabs equipment. Products include cables, closures, splitters, and panels for the passive portion of the network, and the Tellabs 1134 platform at the data center with individual Optical Network Terminals (ONTs) to provide voice, data, and video services for the cabanas.

"The complete package of products and services from AFL has enabled us to put together a state-of-the-art fiber optic infrastructure for Buccament Bay at a very reasonable price point," said Andrew Judge, Founder and CEO of Grove Networks Inc."AFL helped take the uncertainty out of the process, enabling us to build the right network the first time at the right price. The 1134 platform from Tellabs also provides enough room for growth so we know that the platform will serve the needs of our customer well into the future."

Visit AFL Network Services and Tellabs at the HITEC Conference in Orlando, Booth #743. 

About AFL Network Services
AFL Network Services is an integrator of technology solutions for hospitality applications, including hotels and resort communities. AFL delivers full turn-key infrastructure solutions including wire and wireless network design and implementation, high speed internet access technologies, hospitality-based mobile applications and video services. 

About Tellabs
Tellabs innovates to deliver the mobile Internet and help our customers succeed. That’s why 43 of the top 50 global communications service providers choose our mobile, optical, business and services solutions. We help them get ahead by adding revenue, reducing expenses and optimizing networks. Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300™ Patent Index, the S&P 500 and several corporate responsibility indexes including the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Index, FTSE4Good and eight FTSE KLD indexes.

About Grove Networks
Founded in 2000, Grove Networks Inc. is a leading IT Outsourcing partner, providing consulting, project management and managed services to hospitality customers. As a Microsoft Gold Partner and Apple Consultant Network member, Grove Networks offers a full range of solutions including support of Windows, VMWare, Citrix and Macintosh-based platforms. In addition to IT support, Grove Networks provides in-depth consulting and project management services for hospitality customers, including infrastructure design, platform selection, guest services needs analysis and vendor management for new construction and major renovation projects, along with ongoing full service IT systems management.

About Harlequin Hotels
Harlequin Property is the primary agent for one of the Caribbean’s most prominent developers specializing in creating luxury resorts in some of the best locations in the Caribbean. Its aim is to deliver excellent long term returns on investment by selecting property developments in the most desirable locations that are proven to be experiencing growth that will continue indefinitely. Highly-trained investment property consultants are dedicated to providing unsurpassable customer service meeting the investment property needs of customers. Harlequin Property is the primary agent for Harlequin Hotels & Resorts which specializes in creating 5 star spa resorts in the best Caribbean locations for property investment delivering excellent long term returns.

  Kent Brown
AFL Network Services
864.433.8072 Elizabeth Judge
Grove Networks
305.448.6126 x1003