Wyandotte, Michigan Employs CommScope Services to Convert Coax Network to Fiber

Municipal leadership in Michigan design fiber network that underpins vision for future and economic growth.

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Wyandotte, Mich. —The City of Wyandotte, Michigan, located 11 miles south of Detroit, has partnered with CommScope to rebuild its coax network with fiber to deliver connectivity to nearly 25,000 residents. 

Wyandotte is also the only community in the metro Detroit area to offer a full spectrum of community owned municipal utility services, called  Wyandotte Municipal Services, providing electric power through a municipal power plant and distribution system, operating a municipal-owned water filtration plant and distribution system as well as providing cable/internet connectivity services.

By providing both the fiber technology and expertise, CommScope will enable nearly 13,000 homes and more than 700 commercial buildings to have access to a new network with up to 10Gbps of internet, IP video and smart home services.

The project requires full conversion to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), management of multiple contractors, network component integration, and relocation and expansion of their headend.  The City of Wyandotte is tapping into CommScope’s service professionals who bring localized expertise and worldwide experience – to navigate its cutting-edge plan to bring superfast download speeds combined with unparalleled performance.

“Wyandotte is an area that has flourished, developing a reputation as a destination for new and expanding businesses.  We are spreading economic growth and investing in arts, food, culture, retail and services that will be attractive to future generations,” said Paul LaManes, General Manager, City of Wyandotte. “Super-fast broadband will kick this evolution into a new gear, paving the way for new applications that improve the quality of life and advance social progress. CommScope eliminates the burden of dealing with multiple vendors while helping us to build a smarter and more strategic network.”

CommScope Professional Services will provide both inside and outside plant construction management and headend relocation. Ongoing consulting services include hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) and FTTH architecture analysis, network evolution, FTTH design services, off-air antenna and satellite signal surveys.

Forward-thinking municipalities like the City of Wyandotte recognize that they must bring more bandwidth to more endpoints in their networks in order to support expanded broadband access as well as 5G services, but they don’t always want to dig new trenches or string new overhead fiber. In addition to a complete FTTH portfolio, CommScope will provide new fiber innovation to get more bandwidth out of existing network infrastructure. 

“This year has shown us that the internet is critical in keeping our society functioning in the face of rapid and unpredictable change. It’s reminding us the advantage of forward-looking design and the importance of network innovation,” said Tom McLaughlin, senior vice president of Service Providers for CommScope. “By planning ahead and working together with developers, local utilities, service providers and trusted fiber experts, Wyandotte is creating a path for a connected future.” 

“Ultimately, as we look ahead to the future, fiber will underpin the network, delivering the speed, reliability and low latency which businesses need to improve productivity and efficiency within their teams; such connectivity could ultimately be the difference between success and failure, particularly for smaller businesses,” said Jennifer Sims, CEO Power & Tel. 

“It’s great that City planners are investing the time to consult with network connectivity vendors to digitally transform their communities,” said Andy Ciccone, vice president of Comm/Data and Commercial, Institutional and Government at Graybar, a leading communications and electrical products distributor who worked with CommScope on this project. “The improvements to Wyandotte’s network infrastructure will have a positive economic impact on the community and it will significantly enhance residents’ lives.” 

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