DZS, NCTC partner to bring fiber access, mobile transport to U.S. rural operators

Feb. 18, 2021
Partnership with U.S. based vendor puts NCTC’s 700+ members on the fast track to 10G services, mesh Wi-Fi technology, and 5G-ready infrastructure with special pricing and service options.
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DZS (NASDAQ: DZSI), a specialist in intelligent, packet-based mobile transport and broadband access converged edge platforms representing communications service providers and enterprise customers in more than 100 countries, today announced an agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC), which aims to enhance the performance, profitability and potential of NCTC members’ broadband networks by partnering with the Texas-based firm, which offers U.S. engineering, manufacturing, and support.

The agreement gives NCTC’s 700-plus member companies access to special pricing on the full range of DZS' environmentally hardened FTTx OLT products, customer premises platform and mobile transport technology. This offering includes 10Gig platforms and Layer 3 switching technology that supports next-gen 100G MEF CE 2.0 rings, carrying both access and wireless traffic.

The deal also provides the option for NCTC members who buy DZS equipment to have expedited access to fiber cable, with current scheduled delivery in just 12 weeks – a fraction of the time currently being experienced on the open market, note the partners.

“We are pleased to offer our members discounted access to the full range of technology from DZS, a leading US-based fiber access manufacturer,” commented Rob Smith, senior director of procurement at NCTC. “A recognized innovator committed to standards and technology flexibility, DZS delivers a high-density hardened portfolio of 1Gig and 10Gig solutions and broad CPE options, as well as a growing portfolio of field-proven mobile transport options for service providers.”

To further support NCTC members as they plan, provision, test and manage their new or upgraded broadband networks, DZS notes it can provide tailored offerings including network audit services, engineering support, expert technical guidance, and access to its 'RDOF Amplify!' program designed for RDOF participants.

“DZS is committed to long-term, win-win access partnerships with NCTC and its members,” said Meggin Sawyer, vice president of North America sales at DZS. “For innovative operators deploying next-gen fiber networks, DZS supports virtually every FTTx deployment architecture for maximum freedom of choice. Plus, our ‘deal direct’ partnership arrangement enables NCTC members to minimize OPEX and capital expenditures while putting in place a cost-effective, reliable, and maintainable infrastructure that doesn’t erode margins with onerous license fees.”

The NCTC and DZS will host an introductory webinar for all NCTC members to learn about DZS solutions on March 9, 2021. Details will be sent from the NCTC to its membership regarding registration. For more information on DZS and its fiber access solutions, visit