PocketiNet selects Huawei FTTH solutions for Gigabit Internet


PocketiNet Communications, a broadband Internet provider, has selected Huawei for rolling out its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to bring Gigabit Internet to Walla Walla City in Washington State.

The Gigabit initiative is one of the select few to be launched in the U.S. without State or Federal funding.

As per the deal, Huawei will supply its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solutions throughout PocketiNet’s network footprint in Walla Walla Valley. FTTH services will enable Internet speeds 100 times faster than broadband and 20 times faster than cable, to over 15,000 homes and businesses in the area in a multi-year build-out.

Huawei will also provide Optical Distribution Network (ODN) products, switches, and routers to PocketiNet.

“Great advantage of the Huawei partnership is that it allows us to be scalable over the long-term, so that we can provide our customers with the Gigabit services they need today without having to overhaul our whole network,” said Todd Brandenburg, president and founder of PocketiNet Communications.

Founded in April of 2000, PocketiNet serves the Columbia Basin region in Washington State from Clarkston to Yakima and south to Umatilla, OR and all points in between, serving 17 markets and comprising an area of nearly 10,000 sq. miles.

PocketiNet, majority-owned by Vancouver-based Columbia Ventures Corp, aims to complete initial deployments of the Gigabit network in 12-15 months, with a combination of underground and overhead fiber optics deployment, starting with four large geographical neighborhoods. The firm will add other areas as construction is completed.

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