DZS announced that Vianet, a Sudbury, Ontario-based communications service provider, has selected its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to bring high-capacity broadband access networks to hundreds of residents of the Township of Carling, a traditionally underserved rural community in northern Ontario, Canada.

“This project marks a major milestone for our subscribers in the Township of Carling area, who are now enjoying faster, more stable, and more affordable network connections at a time when robust digital connectivity is of unprecedented importance for rural families,” said Will Gasteiger, president and founder of Vianet. “At Vianet, our roots are in rural Canada, and helping bring reliable broadband to rural Canadians is our mission. These projects are made possible by our fruitful partnership with DZS, whose technology we have trusted for over 20 years, Canada’s Center of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), who helped fund the project, the Township of Carling, and the homeowners themselves.”

Vianet handpicked DZS for its experience with comparable deployments, local support, and product scalability, making them competitive for low-density deployments. As part of the deployment to the Township of Carling, DZS provided a range of its FTTx solutions, including the DZS Velocity MXK-F219 with GPON OLTs and DZS Helix 2424A1 ONTs. Vianet is also involved with DZS in multiple other projects — already deployed and some in the planning phase — serving approximately 25 rural communities.

To bring high-speed internet to the Township of Carling, Vianet brought a 10Gbps GPON fiber link to a disused, 280-foot tower in nearby Parry Sound and constructed a new tower, establishing a connection between the two via a 1Gbps microwave signal. This has brought fiber to subscribers’ premises, with current service levels at 50Mbps down/10Mbps up for internet with no data caps.

“DZS has over two decades of experience meeting the needs of underserved and unserved communities in North America, Europe, and around the world with flexible, standards-based FTTH technology,” said Jay Hilbert, executive vice president of AEMEA Sales at DZS. “As Canada, the US, and many other nations take steps to bring high-capacity broadband access networks to rural areas, DZS remains proudly committed to supporting network expansion and upgrade projects through our extensive, multi-gigabit capable broadband access portfolio. We are especially pleased by our joint success with long-time partner Vianet, whose forward-looking approach, technical innovation, and unwavering commitment to rural subscribers exemplify what it takes to meet rural broadband challenges.”

Developed for service reliability in demanding environments, DZS FTTH infrastructure is enabling Vianet to “close the digital divide” with high-performance, resilient, multi-service solutions that meet rural and underserved communities’ bandwidth, scalability, and cost requirements. Known worldwide for reliable products and responsive service and support, DZS anticipates continued strong demand for its innovative, standards-based portfolio of fiber access solutions.