The City of Wyandotte has partnered with North Carolina’s CommScope to deliver high-capacity, low-latency connectivity to the city’s nearly 25,000 residents. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
CommScope will provide the fiber technology and support and will enable nearly 13,000 homes and more than 700 commercial buildings to have access to a new network with up to 10 gigabits per second of internet, internet protocol video, and smart home services.
The project requires full conversion to fiber-to-the-home, network component integration, and relocation and expansion of a headend (a master facility for receiving television signals for processing and distribution over a cable television system).
“CommScope eliminates the burden of dealing with multiple vendors while helping us to build a smarter and more strategic network,” says Paul LaManes, general manager of the city. He adds the new service will assist participating residents and “arts, food, culture, retail, and services” businesses.
CommScope Professional Services will provide inside and outside plant construction management and headend relocation. Ongoing consultation services include hybrid fiber coaxial and fiber-to-the-home architecture analysis, network evolution, fiber-to-the-home design services, off-air antenna, and satellite signal surveys.
More bandwidth is necessary to support expanded broadband access and 5G services. CommScope will work to get more bandwidth out of existing network infrastructure.
“This year has shown us that the internet is critical in keeping our society functioning in the face of rapid and unpredictable change,” says Tom McLaughlin, senior vice president of service providers for CommScope. “It’s reminding us of the advantage of forward-looking design and the importance of network innovation. By planning ahead and working together with developers, local utilities, service providers, and trusted fiber experts, Wyandotte is creating a path for a connected future.”