Nextlink Internet grows fibre network with 200,000 additional premises

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US rural provider, Nextlink is investing in network expansion, adding Texas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wyoming and Louisiana to its footprint.

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

The company has selected XGS-PON technology for the work, allowing for the deployment of 10G broadband speeds with a simple path to 25G. Nextlink is also leveraging Nokia’s ONT Easy Start SaaS to speed up and simplify service provisioning in customer homes coupled with wifi beacon residential gateways, which power an outdoor optical network termination (ONT) over CAT5/6 with POE+ eliminating the need for localised power.

Nextlink CEO Bill Baker, says: “We are on a mission to connect rural America with excellent service. Nokia’s technology and systems help us do just that. The communities that Nextlink serves can rest easy, knowing that their communications networks are ready for today and generations to come.”

Sandy Motley, President Nokia Fixed Networks, adds: “We are pleased to grow our partnership with Nextlink. Nextlink is deploying a system uniquely capable of delivering GPON, XGS-PON and 25G PON over a common fibre infrastructure without having to replace hardware. In addition, Nextlink will be offering Nokia’s world-class managed WiFi solution that will ensure its customers have the ultimate broadband experience anywhere in their homes.”

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