i3 Broadband Selects Huawei for MDU Connections in Central Illinois

  • Huawei
  • i3 Broadband
PLANO, TX — i3 Broadband, a regional provider of fiber optic internet services, has chosen Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to enhance its deployment of services to residential homes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in the Champaign-Urbana and the greater Peoria areas. Huawei's highly-scalable, end-to-end broadband solutions will allow i3 Broadband to bring more dynamic services to its existing users, and in particular save both time and money when installing connections for future MDU customers.

Surge in MDU Housing Pushes Demand for Broadband
Driven by a surge in multifamily residential building construction as well as increased customer demand for faster broadband speeds, the desire for reliable and responsive internet, HD TV and voice services for MDUs has never been greater. Recognizing this need, i3 Broadband partnered with Huawei, whose GPON, NG-PON and D-CCAP technologies deliver gigabit bandwidth to MDUs at unprecedented prices and operational performance.

"i3 Broadband strives to offer ultra-high speed internet to apartment owners to support the needs of the landlords and tenants. From a recently released survey in Broadband Communities, 87 percent of respondents said technology plays an important role in keeping renters satisfied. Providing a faster go-to-market strategy for this important segment will benefit i3 Broadband, Huawei and our customers," said Michael Whitaker, vice president of sales and business development at i3 Broadband. Whitaker also noted there is a large opportunity to collaborate with Home Owner Associations to provide fiber optic internet, HD TV and phone services to specific areas in Champaign-Urbana and Peoria.

Future-proof Solutions
Key to Huawei's success in winning i3 Broadband's business was its ability to offer future-proof solutions. Unlike competitors, many of who must forklift and replace physical hardware when confronted with merger challenges or legacy network migration issues, Huawei's offerings can be seamlessly upgraded via software for both efficiency and cost savings. Huawei was also chosen for its dedication to deploying best-in-class solutions and its renowned R&D staff, which together will further allow i3 Broadband to focus on expanding optimal services to more customers.

"The goal of i3 Broadband is to reduce cost, create value and continue to offer high-quality internet, HD TV and voice services to residential and business customers," said Dan Kennedy, COO of i3 Broadband. "As i3 Broadband continues to expand its all fiber, ultra-high speed network to more locations within the communities we serve, i3 Broadband is excited to be using Huawei MDU products, as their next-generation solutions will allow i3 Broadband to quickly acquire new MDU customers and speed our market delivery."

"With MDUs representing the fastest-growing broadband access segment, Huawei is thrilled to have partnered with i3 Broadband for the opportunity to improve services for this key customer base," said Bill Gerski, vice president of sales at Huawei USA. "Fueled by a desire for constant innovation, we look forward to our continued work with i3 Broadband to consistently deliver the best broadband services to the Champaign-Urbana and the greater Peoria communities."

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