TDS receives Nokia’s 100 millionth fiber-optic connection

TDS presented with golden optic network terminal (ONT) to commemorate milestone

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is the recipient of Nokia’s 100 millionth fiber broadband ONT. TDS is receiving the golden ONT as part of the deployment of Nokia’s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) and 10 Gigabit Passive Optical Network (XGS-PON) solutions, which TDS uses to deliver gigabit and multi-gigabit broadband services to consumers and businesses nationwide.

“Fiber access is at the core of our broadband strategy to bring faster broadband to hundreds of rural and suburban communities nationwide,” said Ken Paker, senior vice president—Information and Network Technologies and CTO for TDS. “Fast broadband enhances our lives now more than ever. Our network has grown and evolved with demand; our latest GPON and XGS-PON deployments give us the ability to offer enterprise services and multi-gigabit residential services. We are delighted to receive the golden ONT from Nokia as a symbol of their 100 millionth ONT shipped.”

TDS has leveraged Nokia’s wide array of gigabit, 10Gig and 25Gig fiber solutions, ranging from small form factor ONTs to full residential gateways with Wi-Fi. The flexible portfolio has been key to helping accelerate gigabit broadband connectivity across the country as part of TDS’ growth strategy.

“Broadband networks have been essential for keeping societies and economies running during the global pandemic and that increased the urgency to accelerate fiber deployments everywhere. Nokia is a leading provider for fiber access technologies, and we are proud to help North American operators and broadband providers to build the next-generation fiber access networks. Our 100 millionth fiber home shipment is an important milestone for us because each one represents a broadband connection with the potential to truly enhance lives. It’s a privilege to be helping TDS and other operators and utilities across the U.S. accelerate rural fiber broadband connectivity,” said Sandra Motley, president of Fixed Networks Division at Nokia.

Media Contact: Mike Wanta| Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-1096|  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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