Network-in-a-box brings broadband to rural North America

15 June 2022

Nokia has introduced its Rural Broadband Relief Program, a North American fiber connection project designed to bring fast internet to unserved or underserved areas.

Nokia has created network-in-a-box kits that are suitable to bring fiber broadband networks to a town of up to 1,000 homes. The kit includes the necessary fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment, software licenses, GPON support, XGS-PON over a single port and in-home Wi-Fi gateways required to meet the needs of a small town of 1,000 homes.

The goal of the Rural Broadband Relief Program is to bring broadband to those hardest hit by shortages in telecommunications equipment as operators expand gigabit broadband networks across North America. Many smaller operators have been unable to secure the materials needed from the supply chain to construct the necessary infrastructure for fiber-level broadband.

“The pandemic magnified the importance of having broadband regardless of a household's geographical location,” said Sandy Motley, president of fixed networks at Nokia. “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.”

Additionally, the kits will support 25G PON today or when the need arises in the future.

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