Nokia to Manufacture Broadband Fiber Optics in U.S.

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI – Nokia has entered into an agreement to manufacture fiber-optic broadband electronics at Sanmina Corporation's facility in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, to support the federal government’s $42.45 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program. The partnership will make Nokia the first telecommunications company to produce fiber-optic products for high-speed internet networks on U.S. soil, according to the company.

BEAD, a funding initiative created under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, aims to provide equitable access to high-speed internet nationwide.

President Biden promised to bring high-speed internet to every corner of America, and to do it with American workers and American-made equipment. This announcement is proof that he’s delivering on that promise,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Pekka Lundmark, president and CEO of Nokia, noted the company expects its onshore endeavor to manufacture fiber-optic electronics and optical modules to create 200 jobs and bridge the digital divide.

At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together,” he said. “We are committed to connecting people and communities. However, many Americans still lack adequate connectivity, leaving them at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing work, education, and healthcare. Programs like BEAD can change this. By bringing the manufacturing of our fiber-optic broadband access products to the U.S., BEAD participants will be able to work with us to bridge the digital divide. We look forward to bringing more Americans online.”

Jure Sola, Chairman and CEO of Sanmina, said: “Sanmina has been manufacturing in the U.S. for more than forty years and we are excited to partner with Nokia to support their efforts to build robust and resilient high-tech fiber broadband networks that will connect people and societies. By continuing to invest in domestic manufacturing, Nokia and Sanmina will be able to help create a sustainable future for the industry; one that drives job growth and ensures the fiber products produced embody the quality and excellence associated with American manufacturing.”

Manufacturing of Nokia's fiber-optic broadband electronics products is expected to start in 2024.






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