DZS supports rural Iowa broadband expansion via XGS-PON, WiFi mesh

May 25, 2022
Iowa service provider Stratford Mutual Telephone will leverage government grants to bring broadband to unserved communities in the state's Hamilton and Story Counties.
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DZS (NASDAQ: DZSI) announced it will be supporting a network expansion initiative at Iowa's Stratford Mutual Telephone to bring superior broadband to a formerly unserved area, the state's rural Hamilton and Story Counties.

The Iowa-based telecommunications service provider is leveraging XGS-PON technology from DZS to overbuild unserved communities in its service area, and will be providing connectivity to up to 1,400 new subscribers across the two counties, enabling them to benefit from applications such as HD videoconferencing, telehealth, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), immersive gaming, 8k video streaming and others.

As part of the deployment, Stratford Mutual Telephone will integrate XGS-PON technologies from DZS, including the company’s DZS Velocity combo cards, featuring the proprietary Any-PON-Any-Port (APA) technology.

This combination of products will provide the Stratford team with "the flexibility to deploy the optimal technology for every deployment scenario," noted DZS in a press release, choosing from GPON, XGS-PON, or 10 gigabit point-to-point technologies to meet the physical and service demands of the community. Stratford is also integrating DZS Helix WiFi mesh gateway solutions, providing whole home solutions for customers.

The project, awarded via an RFP managed by consulting engineering firm Vantage Point and supported by distribution partner Goldfield Telecom, will also leverage products from the DZS Velocity Broadband Connectivity portfolio, as well as ONTs and WiFi mesh solutions from the DZS Helix Connected Home & Business portfolios.

Andrew Finkelstein, SVP, North America Sales at DZS, commented, “Stratford Telephone has an outstanding reputation as a service provider ready to do whatever is necessary to support its customers. By securing funding from government programs to improve and expand critical broadband infrastructure and prioritizing flexibility and ease-of-use in their network, Stratford is setting an example for other service providers looking to improve the quality of life in their communities through life-changing and hyper-fast broadband access. In addition to delivering immediate benefits to underserved communities, they are expanding their audience and advancing their services well into the future. We have enjoyed meaningful partnerships with Stratford, Vantage Point and Goldfield for nearly two decades and look forward to supporting their network expansion.”

Steve Frey, GM at Stratford Mutual Telephone, concluded, “This network expansion is part of our ongoing efforts, supported by state broadband grant programs, to bridge the digital divide in rural Iowa. DZS, Vantage Point and Goldfield Telecom have been long-time, valued partners of ours, dating back to 2005 when we were one of the first companies to deploy fiber and PON technology in the state. We are thrilled to build on our joint success by enhancing our network with industry-leading technology that will enable us to provide our subscribers, both existing and new, with unparalleled services.”

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