Huawei says it will supply elements of its multiple dwelling unit (MDU) technology portfolio to i3 Broadband for the service provider’s recently announced fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment in Champaign-Urbana, IL (see “I3 Broadband expanding fiber-optic network in Champaign-Urbana, IL1“). The systems will help i3 Broadband address MDU broadband demands in light of what Huawei describes as an increase in construction of multifamily residential buildings in the area.
“The goal of i3 Broadband is to reduce cost, create value and continue to offer high-quality internet, HD TV and voice services to residential and business customers,” said Dan Kennedy, i3 Broadband COO. “As i3 Broadband continues to expand its all fiber, ultra-high speed network to more locations within the communities we serve, i3 Broadband is excited to be using Huawei MDU products, as their next-generation solutions will allow i3 Broadband to quickly acquire new MDU customers and speed our market delivery.” Whitaker added that i3 broadband hopes to collaborate with home owner associations in the area to deliver FTTH2 based internet, HDTV, and phone services. Huawei didn’t specify which systems it will supply to i3, but noted that its MDU portfolio includes GPON, NG-PON and D-CCAP technologies that can support gigabit services for MDU broadband.
The fact that its MDU line offers easy, comparatively low-cost upgrade capabilities proved telling in winning the supply contract, Huawei added.