Tom Stanton, Chairman and CEO, ADTRAN

Tom Stanton, Chairman and CEO, ADTRAN

A Global Reach | Exports to 68 Countries and Counting

ADTRAN, a top three global provider of broadband infrastructure solutions, is headquartered in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville, Alabama. The company provides customers in 68 countries with innovative solutions for residential broadband, business Ethernet and Cloud-based Wi-Fi services.

The company looks for this segment of the business to experience continued growth. International growth and customer diversification have been a major focus of the company for the last decade. The success can be seen in the numbers with almost 24 percent of company revenue in 2017 attributed to international sales.

When asked about the focus on global business, ADTRAN Chairman and CEO Tom Stanton stated, “It became apparent that two-thirds of the world’s telecommunications market was outside of the U.S. It would limit our future growth not to sell overseas. The diversity of the customer base that international business brings is a benefit. During the recent recession, there was a lull in the telecommunications market in the U.S., but ADTRAN’s international business continued to grow during that time period.”

ADTRAN's corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Cummings Research Park, Huntsville

ADTRAN’s corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Cummings Research Park, Huntsville

Today, ADTRAN employs approximately 2,000 people of which approximately 1,500 are located in Huntsville. The remainder are located in sales and R&D offices around the world. In addition to Huntsville, the company also has R&D Centers in Greifswald and Munich, and Berlin, Germany as well as Hyderabad, India.

As a global company, ADTRAN must comply with a host of standards and specifications including TL9000, ISO 27001 and ISO 14001, among others. The company has proven its reputation as a global leader with a number of awards including the NAITA Global Trade Award, the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award, the Alabama Large Manufacturer of the Year and numerous product awards.

Stanton summed up ADTRAN’s global success by saying, “ADTRAN brings innovation to the marketplace. We think that’s a key foundation – a key building block – for any country to be able to move forward, and we’re very proud to be pushing that from the U.S.”

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