Press Release

PLANO, Texas (March 9, 2015) – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that Eastern Oregon Telecom (EOT), a local area leader in voice, broadband Internet and fiber transport solutions, has selected Huawei to bring a gigabit broadband network to rural homes and businesses in Hermiston, Ore.

Huawei will provide its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solutions throughout EOT’s network footprint in Eastern Oregon, bringing ultra-broadband to over 8,000 homes and businesses in Hermiston and the surrounding area. The fiber broadband rollout by EOT and Huawei will also provide new services, including Voice over IP (VoIP), high-speed broadband and Internet Protocol television (IPTV) to the community. According to Infonetics Research, Huawei currently ranks number one in GPON deployments globally.

“Huawei is a great partner for rural carriers who are looking to develop robust broadband networks quickly but in a scalable and cost-efficient way,” said Joseph Franell, CEO of Eastern Oregon Telecom. “Huawei’s fast and scalable broadband solutions will allow for faster deployment and simpler maintenance, and we look forward to working with them to roll out our ultra-broadband network in Hermiston.”

EOT expects to complete initial deployment of its gigabit network in the second half of 2015, with underground fiber deployment occurring in 2016. The new network deployment will include the commercial corridor in the cities of Umatilla, Irrigon and Boardman, as well as Hermiston.

“We are excited to partner with Eastern Oregon Telecom to bring innovative and competitive gigabit broadband to the Hermiston community,” said Bill Gerski, Vice President of Sales for Huawei USA. “Rural communities in America, which are typically underserved by broadband, are beginning to recognize the economic and social benefits of having fast and reliable connectivity. Huawei is committed to working with rural carriers and communities across the U.S. to help them get connected.”

Once deployed, the fiber optic network will boast up to one gigabit-per-second speed, which is an average 100 times faster than broadband. It is estimated to take about three seconds to download a high-definition television (HDTV) show and 36 seconds for a high-definition (HD) movie.

“Super-fast, reliable and affordable broadband connectivity is becoming increasingly important in helping our community and businesses stay competitive,” said Hermiston Mayor Dr. David Drotzmann. “We are pleased that Eastern Oregon Telecom and Huawei have partnered to bring this service to the community, and believe better broadband will help us create more economic opportunities and educational enhancements in the City of Hermiston.”

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