Nextlink Internet picks Nokia to connect 200,000 homes and businesses in rural US

Rural-focused operator Nextlink Internet has selected Finnish telecom operator Nokia’s XGS-PON solution to support its network growth connecting 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and suburban communities across seven existing and five new states.

Nextlink Internet is investing in network expansion, expanding its footprint into Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming and Louisiana.

It is also expanding its reach into unserved and underserved areas in the states where it already operates: Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and South Dakota.

Nokia’s XGS-PON technology enables Nextlink Internet to deliver 10G broadband speeds with an easy path to 25G.

Nextlink Internet also leverages Nokia’s ONT Easy Start SaaS to simplify service delivery in customer homes, coupled with Wi-Fi Beacon Residential Gateways serving an outdoor Optical Network Termination (ONT) over CAT5/6 with POE+.

“We made it our mission to connect rural America with excellent service. Nokia technologies and systems help us to do this. The communities that Nextlink serves can rest assured that their communications networks are ready for today and generations to come,” said Bill Baker, CEO of Nextlink Internet.

“Nextlink deploys a system that is uniquely able to deliver GPON, XGS-PON and 25G PON over a common fiber infrastructure without the need to swap out hardware. In addition, Nextlink will offer Nokia’s premier managed Wi-Fi solution, providing its customers with the ultimate broadband experience anywhere in their home,” said Sandy Motley, president of Nokia’s Fixed Networks.

This first appeared on October 6, 2022 in the CommsWire subscription newsletter.


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