Nokia Expands Network-in-a-Box Program for Swift Broadband Network Deployment

By Greg Tavarez August 22, 2023

Fiber broadband is indispensable for its advantages. For example, its data transfer speeds, made possible by transmitting data through light signals, are vital for activities like streaming HD videos, online gaming, and large file downloads. This technology's resilience to interference ensures consistent and stable internet performance, particularly crucial for seamless work, communication and entertainment.

This makes fiber broadband an essential choice for modern households and businesses. This technology is future-proof, accommodating rising data demands and upcoming innovations. Its impact extends to economic growth, remote work, education and emerging technological applications.

In today’s digital world, high-speed internet access should not be seen as a luxury. It’s needed to fully engage in the economy. The reality is too many in America lack access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet. According to a report from the FCC, more than 8.3 million U.S. homes and businesses lack access to high-speed broadband.

Because many U.S. households lack access, the U.S. government took the initiative to close that gap through the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment, or BEAD, Program. According to the program’s website, “the program provides $42.45 billion to expand high-speed Internet access by funding planning, infrastructure deployment and adoption programs in all states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.”

Nokia cemented itself as an important player in the program by manufacturing broadband network electronics products for the BEAD program and recently expanding manufacturing in the U.S. to fiber broadband optical modules.

In its recent contribution to the BEAD program, Nokia (News - Alert) announced the expansion of its network-in-a-box program to provide essential network infrastructure products in a single bundle that operators and BEAD participants need to quickly build or scale broadband networks.

Nokia’s enhanced network-in-a-box simplifies the process, providing everything required to deploy a broadband network as a single bundled solution. The program provides all the recently announced U.S. manufactured fiber-optic broadband network electronics products and optical modules in a single solution. 

The network-in-a-box program includes Nokia’s IP routing, Fiber OLT, Fiber ONT and Wi-Fi beacon products along with software and services that make it easy for operators of all sizes to build their fiber broadband networks. Network-in-a box-makes it easy to build small greenfield fiber networks or cap existing GPON networks and grow to XGS and 25G-PON.

The pre-packaged solutions from Nokia are configurable to each individual network build and are available to ship directly through Nokia or its network of channel partners.

“The network-in-a-box program equips network builders with the necessary technology they need in a single solution to connect more homes, schools, businesses and communities that will ultimately help foster innovation and expand economies,” said Sandy Motley, President, Fixed Networks at Nokia.

Bringing high-speed access to households or communities is a process that challenges broadband network builders. Network-in-a-Box (News - Alert) is everything that is needed to deploy a broadband network – packaged and ready to ship as a single bundled solution.

Edited by Alex Passett
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