Wyandotte, MI tasks CommScope for fiber broadband connectivity

Dec. 8, 2020
Municipal leadership in Michigan is partnering with CommScope to design and install a fiber network that underpins a vision for future economic growth.

CommScope today announced that the City of Wyandotte, Michigan, located 11 miles south of Detroit, has partnered with the communications networks infrastructure specialist to accelerate the city's digital transformation by delivering high-capacity, low-latency connectivity to its nearly 25,000 residents.

By providing both the fiber technology and expertise for the project, CommScope will enable nearly 13,000 homes and more than 700 commercial buildings to have access to a new network with up to 10 Gbps of internet, IP video and smart home services. 

The project requires full conversion to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity, management of multiple contractors, network component integration, and relocation and expansion of the city's network headend. CommScope Professional Services will provide both inside and outside plant construction management and headend relocation services.  

“This year has shown us that the internet is critical in keeping our society functioning in the face of rapid and unpredictable change. It’s reminding us the advantage of forward-looking design and the importance of network innovation,” commented Tom McLaughlin, senior vice president of Service Providers for CommScope. “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.” 

CommScope further observed in statement announcing the project how "network technologies like FTTH can bring powerful and new cutting-edge services to city residents, and forward-thinking municipalities like the City of Wyandotte are now transforming their networks." The CommScope Professional Services unit delivers on an end-to-end project methodology that takes the uncertainty and frustration out of such network transformations, added the company. 

The company statement went on to note: 

Service providers recognize that they must bring more bandwidth to more endpoints in their networks in order to support expanded broadband access as well as 5G services, but they don’t always want to dig new trenches or string new overhead fiber. In addition to a complete FTTH portfolio, CommScope will provide new fiber innovation to get more bandwidth out of existing network infrastructure. 

“It’s great that city planners are investing the time to consult with network connectivity vendors to digitally transform their communities,” asserted Andy Ciccone, vice president of Comm/Data and Commercial, Institutional and Government at Graybar, a top North American communications and electrical products distributor who worked with CommScope on the project. “The improvements to Wyandotte’s network infrastructure will have a positive economic impact on the community and it will significantly enhance residents’ lives. The City of Wyandotte is tapping into CommScope’s service professionals who bring localized expertise and worldwide experience – to navigate its cutting-edge plan to bring superfast download speeds combined with unparalleled performance." 

Ongoing consulting services provided by CommScope will include hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) and FTTH architecture analysis, network evolution, FTTH design services, off-air antenna and satellite signal surveys. 

"Wyandotte is an area that has flourished, developing a reputation as a destination for new and expanding businesses. We are spreading economic growth and investing in arts, food, culture, retail and services that will be attractive to future generations,” concluded Paul LaManes, General Manager, City of Wyandotte. “Super-fast broadband will kick this evolution into a new gear, paving the way for new applications that improve the quality of life and advance social progress. CommScope eliminates the burden of dealing with multiple vendors while helping us to build a smarter and more strategic network.” 

To learn more, visit CommScope.com/Municipality-Solutions.

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