Nokia launches a network-in-a-box program for rural broadband builders

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Nokia, on Monday, announced a Rural Broadband Relief Program for regional service providers in North America aspiring to close the digital divide. Unveiled at the Fiber Connect conference, Nokia has set aside Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) kits for expedited delivery to rural service providers. The company said that each ‘network-in-a-box’ kit is suitable for building a network for a town of up to 1,000 homes.

“The pandemic magnified the importance of having broadband regardless of a household’s geographical location. Families residing in rural communities, particularly those with school-aged children, suffered greatly from a lack of broadband and ability to participate in remote learning. We want to support the operators launching in hyper-localized markets but who cannot secure broadband equipment in these difficult times. In addition, we also believe that all service providers need to have one eye on the future, so all the kits can support 25G PON today or when the need arises.”

Sandy Motley, President, Fixed Networks at Nokia

Each Nokia Broadband Relief Kit is comprised of the necessary FTTH equipment, software licenses, support, and state-of-the-art in-home WiFi gateways required to serve a typical town of 1,000 households. The kits support GPON and XGS-PON over a single port and fiber using Nokia’s Multi-PON-Module (MPM) technology.

Jeff Heynen, VP of Broadband Access and Home Networking at Dell’Oro Group, said: “While nearly every company in every industry has been impacted by global shortages of critical electronic components and chips, Nokia’s global supply chain has allowed them to fair a bit better than other companies in this market vertical.”

According to Dell’Oro, Nokia was the 2021 market share leader for XGS-PON equipment Seven out of 10 fiber homes in the USA are served using Nokia FTTH kit.

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