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Middle-mile optical transport

Bring fast internet service to rural areas with a high-capacity utility broadband transport network


The Nokia Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution helps utilities generate new revenue and bridge the digital divide by connecting rural communities to broadband internet services. 

How can utilities meet middle-mile demands? 

Power utilities are in a unique position to supply some of the key capabilities required to bring reliable broadband internet access to unserved and underserved rural areas. By taking advantage of the spare fiber capacity in your transmission network, you can meet the need for “middle-mile” access that connects last-mile service providers with internet points of presence or major telecom carriers. 

Middle-mile connectivity enables last-mile service providers to focus their limited funding on extending connectivity to rural residences and businesses. By using your spare fiber for middle-mile optical transport, you can generate new revenue to support grid modernization and serve your community in a new way. It’s a natural fit. 

Get the network you need to succeed with middle-mile services 

The Nokia Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution combines a high-density, modular network infrastructure with an automated, service-enabled network. Built for utility broadband providers, it lets you leverage spare capacity in the fiber infrastructure you use for grid communications to unlock new revenue with middle-mile services—without increasing OPEX. 

What do you get with the Nokia Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution? 

  • Easy integration into multivendor networks 
  • Simpler operations and maintenance 
  • Guaranteed service level agreements (SLAs). 

With our solution, you gain the flexibility to deliver middle-mile connectivity through a neutral host or bandwidth provider business model. In most cases, you will create a separate subsidiary company that focuses on generating additional revenue from your existing fiber assets.

Use cases

Our Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution makes it easy to get new value from your existing network by supporting broadband internet use cases. It also enables you to take advantage of government funding and development opportunities that focus on ensuring that all rural communities can enjoy the benefits of broadband.

Improve quality of life in rural communities

  • Bring high-speed broadband internet services to more citizens
  • Extend access to healthcare and education through telemedicine and online education services
  • Empower local governments to automate and accelerate service delivery by extending broadband coverage to more places.

Foster rural economic development

  • Help business in rural communities accelerate their digital transformation
  • Make teleworking a viable option for more citizens and businesses
  • Open new economic doors for small businesses in your service areas
  • Connect data centers
  • Stimulate service breadth and competition by reducing the CAPEX required by last-mile service providers to connect to the internet.  

Benefits and features

Our Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution can help you achieve your operational and business goals.

Increase return on investment (ROI) from fiber transport networks by using them to generate additional revenue

Generate new revenue by diversifying your service offerings 

Serve communities better by helping to bridge the digital divide with broadband internet connectivity 

Create opportunities for your power business by contributing to the longer-term economic health of communities in your territory

Accelerate fiber buildout for your grid operations using revenue generated by middle-mile services 

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Solution components

The Nokia Middle-Mile Transparent Fiber solution includes the communications network components you need to help bring broadband internet services to rural areas. We support the solution with expert services that can help you bring your middle-mile service to market quickly with no operational risk to your existing business.

Related solutions and products

We provide the solutions and services that utility broadband providers need to support an end-to-end broadband internet access service offering and meet the mission-critical communications demands of modern grid operations. 

Contact us

Get in touch with our utilities team to learn how we can help you use middle-mile services to achieve your utility broadband goals.

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