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XKL and Scatter Creek Partner to Deliver Advanced Broadband Services to Rural Communities

Scatter Creek Deploys XKL’s Flexible Plug and Play Networking Solution and Achieves 40% OPEX Reduction

REDMOND, Wash. – June 7, 2024 – XKL, a solutions-based optical networking provider, is proud to announce the successful deployment of a high-capacity DWDM solution benefiting rural communities by Washington-based ISP Scatter Creek Infonet. Leveraging XKL’s right-sized strategy, advanced optical networking solutions and high-touch customer service, Scatter Creek’s newly enhanced network delivers operational simplicity and cost efficiencies while supporting end users and subscribers with reliable, rich connectivity.

Scatter Creek, after experiencing a significant increase in demand and exceeding the bandwidth of its existing equipment, needed an advanced, cost-efficient solution to expand capabilities while eliminating outage and downtime issues. Seeking a local team of accessible experts, Scatter Creek found XKL, who crafted a tailor-made proposal for a FOADM (Fixed Optical Add Drop Multiplexer) solution that offered previously untapped opportunities. Scatter Creek simplified network management while significantly reducing expenses through their greenfield DWDM network investment.

Benefits of XKL’s DWDM Solutions

Scatter Creek now leverages a DWDM network solution complete with 100G/400G transport capabilities. XKL’s advanced network solutions technologically pave the way for reliable connectivity across surrounding rural communities, delivering flexibility for capacity expansion while offering optimized performance and reliability.

“As a smaller, rural ISP, we found that many commonly offered network solutions just didn’t suit our architecture. XKL really took the time to listen to our goals and draw on their expertise to show us a different way of proceeding,” notes Brian Van Mondfrans, IT Manager at Scatter Creek. “The end result of our collaboration with XKL is that we don’t need to pay for additional software or GUIs with unneeded features and associated subscription fees, and we weren’t pushed to add more ports or interface cards than we needed. This DWDM solution is ideally sized for our use case, has a simple management interface that supports SNMP, was delivered with a seamless plug-and-play approach and offers superior technical results. We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

Particularly for providers of this size, balancing cost-efficiency and technical excellence is a priority, making tailored network solutions highly advantageous. This is why XKL prioritizes hands-on support to explain, build and deploy network solutions that offer exactly what a customer requires — no more, no less. By eliminating unnecessary or extraneous network capabilities, XKL ensures customers get the best DWDM results on time and on budget with no licensing fees ever. In this case, provisioning a streamlined, user-friendly network allowed Scatter Creek to manage its own backhaul, creating further financial and operational efficiencies.

“This all comes down to delivering digital opportunities to our rural customers, and with XKL’s network expertise, we were able to cut our operational costs by 40%. By reducing operational complexity and averting huge network expenses, we’re more agile and flexible for our customers’ futures and have the capacity to support other regional ISPs and partners as we build this connectivity fabric,” states Rick Vitzthum, CFO of Scatter Creek. “With other network providers, we struggled to find the size of solution we needed, and some would have made us pay tens of thousands annually for just a graphic user interface. XKL’s creative networking and customer-first approach has worked wonders for both us and our subscribers.”

For partners like Scatter Creek, XKL’s consultative approach is the key to achieving truly excellent network deployments and expansions. To learn more about this process, click here.

To learn more about Scatter Creek, visit www.scattercreek.com

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About XKL

XKL helps businesses of all sizes expand and reimagine their networks in innovative ways with built-to-order, cost-effective and easy-to-manage DWDM solutions. Backed by our proven customer-centric, consultative approach and 30+ years of experience, XKL’s Layer 1 optical networking solutions deliver the capabilities and reliability required to meet even the most challenging network demands. To learn more about XKL, visit www.xkl.com.

About Scatter Creek

Scatter Creek Infonet is an Internet Service Provider that serves rural customers in Washington State.

 

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