Consolidated Communications selects network expansion partner

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Consolidated Communications is undergoing a gigabit fibre network expansion initiative which extends to more than 70 per cent of its service area in North America.

This five-year expansion is already underway, and the company aims to pass more than 1.6 million homes and business, including 27,000 locations supported by the Rural Digital Opportunities Fund (RDOF). Moreover, these locations are targeted for symmetrical, multi-gigabit capable services enabled by XGS-PON technology.

DZS has been selected as a key partner in supporting the project, which will use some of the latest enhancements to the DZS Velocity broadband access portfolio such as the new DZS XCelerate line of 10 gig-class fibre access XGS-PON combo and 100Gb/s aggregation cards, as well as the DZS Helix Edge Access solutions.

The new DZS XCelerate cards are designed to support both XGS-PON and GPON and 10Gb/s and 1Gb/s AE technology out of any port. This provides Consolidated Communications with extraordinary flexibility, allowing the selection of the right technology for the right deployment and competitive scenarios.

Tom White, chief technology officer at Consolidated Communications commented: ‘We couldn’t be more excited about our gigabit fibre expansion initiative, and we are fortunate to have a solid long-term partner like DZS helping us bring this strategy to fruition.’

Added Charlie Vogt, president and CEO of DZS: ‘Consolidated is recognised as a top-10 broadband access provider in the United States. Bringing symmetrical multi-gigabit services to more than 70 per cent of their footprint will transform the communities they serve, which will now be among the most connected in the world.’

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