DZS (NASDAQ: DZSI) says it has signed a strategic sourcing agreement with broadband gear distributor Digicomm International that will enable the latter to carry elements of DZS’s broadband networking product portfolio.
While Digicomm is best known for working with cable MSOs, the agreement with DZS signals a broadening of the company’s operations to include the requirements of broadband access network operators in general as well as mobile transport providers.
DZS says the partnership responds to the significant spike in demand for broadband access equipment in the wake of such U.S. government funding programs as the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the CARES Act, and the American Rescue Plan Act, as well as the funding expected to become available if and when the Infrastructure Bill works its way through the House after recent Senate approval.
“Our broadband connectivity, 5G, and software-defined networking solutions are enabling service providers around the world to accelerate their fiber-based broadband and 5G deployments at a time of unprecedented demand,” commented DZS President and CEO Charlie Vogt.
Vogt added, “With the current supply chain dynamics fueled by a once-in-a-generation demand curve from service provider and system integrators, our strategic partnership with Digicomm enhances our ability to meet and exceed the numerous opportunities in our pipeline. Digicomm, a trusted and reliable distributor that has serviced the MSO and telco industry for the past 28 years, will begin distributing DZS products immediately.”
Digicomm has already begun to add DZS Velocity FTTx OLTs, DZS Helix customer premises products, and DZS Chronos mobile transport technology.
“Our Digicomm broadband engineers are extremely pleased to be teaming up with DZS to provide a best-in-class design and distribution/fulfillment services as DZS customers accelerate their fiber upgrade cycles for wired networks, including the move to 5G,” said Rob Donziger, president and CEO of Digicomm.
He concluded, “With the DZS roadmap for future development and our commitment to stock substantial quantities of DZS mobile transport, fixed broadband, and connected premises products, Digicomm expects that the immediate availability of these products will allow our joint customers to successfully meet aggressive future deadlines.”