TDS to Introduce 10G FTTH Speeds

Telco leverages Nokia’s Lightspan FX and multi-PON solution as it expands fiber network in new areas.

  • TDS Telecom

DALLAS – TDS is expanding its fiber broadband network to new areas and introducing 10Gbps capabilities to meet the growing broadband demand for residential and business customers.

The service provider is deploying Nokia’s Lightspan FX access node and multi-PON solution based on Nokia’s Quillion chipset. This enables TDS to boost the capacity to 10 Gbps when and where needed. The solution is also ready for future evolution, being 25 Gbps ready and enabling smooth transition to virtualized access-network control and management. 

“Our network has grown and evolved with demand; our latest GPON and XGS-PON deployments give us the ability to offer enterprise services and multi-gigabit residential services,” said Ken Paker, SVP of information and network technologies and CTO for TDS.

TDS Telecom, which is building out fiber in its existing footprint and in other territories as a CLEC, has 280,000 or 34 percent of its wireline service addresses served by fiber. In its CLEC markets, TDS is seeing FTTH take rates between 30 to 40 percent.

The telco’s current fiber plans include roughly 320,000 service addresses that will be built over a multiyear period. It has completed construction of 40,000 fiber addresses in addition to the 40,000 addresses we turned up in 2019 related to this program.

North American broadband operators and network providers are investing in fiber across the country. As the U.S. enters the new phase of broadband deployments fueled by the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), Nokia will continue to help broadband providers to deliver ultrafast broadband services.

This deployment is also significant for Nokia, which announced that it has reached 100 million fiber broadband shipments. This marks another milestone for Nokia in the North America fiber market after achieving world firsts for large GPON deployments, Gigabit cities and 10 Gigabit rollouts. Nokia has commemorated this latest milestone by awarding a golden Optical Network Terminal (ONT) to TDS Telecommunications LLC, the recipient of the 100 millionth unit.

“Our 100 millionth fiber home shipment is an important milestone for us because each one represents a broadband connection with the potential to truly enhance lives. It’s a privilege to be helping TDS and other operators and utilities across the U.S. accelerate rural fiber broadband connectivity,” said Sandra Motley, President of Fixed Networks Division at Nokia.

Paker said, “We are delighted to receive the golden ONT from Nokia as a symbol of their 100 millionth ONT shipped.” 


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