Nokia on Tuesday announced that it has reached 100 million fiber broadband shipments. The company said it marks a milestone for them in the North America fiber market after achieving “world firsts for large GPON deployments, Gigabit cities and 10 Gigabit rollouts.” In commemoration, Nokia awarded a golden Optical Network Terminal (ONT) to TDS Telecommunications LLC, the recipient of the 100 millionth unit.
“Fiber access is at the core of our broadband strategy to bring faster broadband to hundreds of rural and suburban communities nationwide,” said Ken Paker, Senior Vice President – Information and Network Technologies and CTO for TDS. “Our latest GPON and XGS-PON deployments give us the ability to offer enterprise services and multi-gigabit residential services. We are delighted to receive the golden ONT from Nokia as a symbol of their 100 millionth ONT shipped.”
TDS is deploying Nokia’s Lightspan FX access node and multi-PON solution based on Nokia’s Quillion chipset. This enables TDS to boost the capacity to 10Gb/s when and where needed. The solution is also ready for future evolution, being 25Gb/s ready and enabling smooth transition to virtualized access-network control and management.
“Our 100 millionth fiber home shipment is an important milestone for us,” said Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks Division at Nokia, “because each one represents a broadband connection with the potential to truly enhance lives. It’s a privilege to be helping TDS and other operators and utilities across the U.S. accelerate rural fiber broadband connectivity.”
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