National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) has selected Nokia to expedite its member companies’ broadband service rollouts and expansions.
NCTC represents more than 700 cable and broadband operators in all 50 United States. Its members serve approximately 15 million consumers with broadband service across 3,000+ communities in rural areas.
Several NCTC members had winning bids in the Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction, receiving awards to bring high speed fixed broadband service to rural homes and small businesses that lack it.
Nokia will provide fiber solutions and access to premier service programs NCTC members. The Nokia solution also enables a simple upgrade path to 25Gb/s.
Nokia’s fiber solution will enable NCTC members to efficiently boost network capacity from 2.5Gb/s to 10Gb/s and beyond as needed.
Nokia’s fiber broadband solutions serve approximately seven out of every 10 fiber homes in the U.S. The Finland-based company recently announced reaching the significant milestone of 100 million shipped PON fiber broadband lines globally.
Sandy Motley, president, Nokia Fixed Networks division, said: “In addition to our family of PON products built on our in-house designed chipset, we expect our agreement will expand to include a full range of fixed and wireless network solutions.”
Rob Smith, Senior Director of Procurement, NCTC, said: “Nokia is the only NCTC partner that currently offers a 25G symmetrical PON solution, and its complete wired and wireless service portfolio is cutting edge.”