DALLAS, May 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DZS (DZSI), a global leader in access network infrastructure, service assurance and customer experience software solutions, today announced that it will support a network expansion initiative to Telephone of the Stratford Mutual to bring world-class broadband to a once unserved area, Hamilton and Story counties in rural Iowa. The Iowa-based telecommunications service provider is leveraging DZS’ XGS-PON technology to supersize unserved communities in its service area, delivering much-needed connectivity to up to 1,400 new subscribers in both counties, allowing them to benefit from revolutionary applications such as HD video conferencing, telehealth, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), immersive games, 8k video streaming and more. The project, awarded through a call for tenders managed by an engineering consulting firm Advantageous position and supported by channel partner Goldfield Telecomwill leverage state-of-the-art solutions from DZS Velocity high-speed connectivity portfolio and ONT and WiFi mesh solutions from the DZS Helix Connected Home and Business wallets.
“Fast and reliable broadband connectivity is an essential necessity that people rely on to carry out their daily lives,” said Steve Frey, Managing Director of Stratford Mutual Telephone. “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 our valued, long-time partners since 2005 when we were one of the first companies to deploy fiber and PON technology in the state. We are excited to build on our shared success by enhancing our network with state-of-the-art technology that will enable us to provide our existing and new subscribers with unparalleled services.
As part of the deployment, Stratford Mutual Telephone will integrate DZS’ industry-leading XGS-PON technologies, including the company‘s revolutionary DZS Velocity combo cards featuring powerful Any-PON-Any-Port (APA) technology. This will provide the Stratford team with the flexibility to deploy the optimal technology for each deployment scenario, choosing from GPON, XGS-PON or 10 Gigabit point-to-point technologies to meet community physical and service demands. Stratford also integrates DZS Helix Wi-Fi mesh gateway solutions, providing whole-home solutions to customers.
“Stratford Telephone has an excellent reputation as a service provider that is ready to do whatever it takes to support its customers,” said Andrew Finkelstein, Senior Vice President, North America Sales at DZS. “By securing funding from government programs to improve and expand critical broadband infrastructure and by prioritizing the flexibility and ease of use of its network, Stratford is setting an example for other service providers looking to improve the quality of life in their communities through life changes. and ultra-fast broadband access. In addition to providing immediate benefits to underserved communities, they are expanding their audience and advancing their services 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.
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