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Nokia First to Announce Manufacturing of Broadband Network Electronics products for BEAD program in U.S.

Nokia First to Announce Manufacturing of Broadband Network Electronics Products for BEAD Program in U.S.

  • Nokia partners with Sanmina Corporation to manufacture products in the U.S. at the Sanmina Pleasant Prairie facility in Kenosha County, Wisconsin.
  • Manufacturing of Nokia’s fiber-optic broadband electronics products to start in 2024.
  • Scale of Nokia fiber-optic broadband electronic production expected to bring up to 200 new jobs to the state of Wisconsin.
  • In addition to the broadband products produced, Nokia plans to manufacture optical modules in the U.S., bringing additional high-tech jobs to the country.

3 August, 2023

Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County, Wisconsin – Today Nokia has become the first telecom company to announce the manufacturing of its fiber-optic broadband network electronics products and optical modules in the U.S. for use in the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. Using thin strands of glass to transmit data with light, these fiber- optic networks have become the backbone of today’s digital economy and are used to connect everything to fast, reliable gigabit data services. Nokia has shipped 70% of the fiber-optic broadband lines in North America. Now, partnering with Sanmina Corporation, Nokia will manufacture in the U.S. several fiber-optic broadband products at Sanmina’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, bringing up to 200 new jobs to the state.

By manufacturing fiber-optic technology in the U.S., Nokia will be able to supply its products and services to critical projects like BEAD that are focused on narrowing the digital divide, helping to further contribute to the nation’s economic growth and job creation. Having access to technology that is built in the U.S. is an important requirement for states and infrastructure players seeking to participate in BEAD and the $42.45bn of available funding allocated for broadband rollouts to unserved and underserved communities.

Pekka Lundmark, President and CEO of Nokia, said: “At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together. We are committed to connecting people and communities. However, many Americans still lack adequate connectivity, leaving them at a disadvantage when it comes to accessing work, education and healthcare. Programs like BEAD can change this. By bringing the manufacturing of our fiber-optic broadband access products to the U.S., BEAD participants will be able to work with us to bridge the digital divide. We look forward to bringing more Americans online.”

Jure Sola, Chairman and CEO of Sanmina, said: “Sanmina has been manufacturing in the U.S. for more than forty years and we are excited to partner with Nokia to support their efforts to build robust and resilient high-tech fiber broadband networks that will connect people and societies. By continuing to invest in domestic manufacturing, Nokia and Sanmina will be able to help create a sustainable future for the industry, one that drives job growth and ensures the fiber products produced embody the quality and excellence associated with American manufacturing.”

Nokia fiber-optic broadband products manufactured in the U.S. will include:

  • Optical Line Termination card for a modular Access Node
  • A small form factor OLT
  • OLT optical modules
  • An “outdoor-hardened” Optical Network Terminal (ONT)

Resources and additional information

  • Seven out of ten fiber connections in North America are made through Nokia equipment.
  • Nokia is the top supplier of fiber-optic broadband technology for service providers in the U.S.
  • Nokia is the #1 vendor for XGS-PON technology globally and in the U.S. market. XGS-PON can deliver up to 10Gbps (Gigabits-per-second) broadband speeds to end-users. With 10Gbps, you can download a 4K movie in less than 30 seconds or stream around 1,700 movies simultaneously.
  • Nokia was the first to deploy 1, 10 and 25 Gigabit fiber-optic broadband networks in the U.S. with the Electric Power Board (EPB) in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • Article: U.S. Broadband Infrastructure Funding explained
  • Video: Explaining the limitless speeds for fiber broadband

About Nokia
At Nokia, we create technology that helps the world act together.

As a B2B technology innovation leader, we are pioneering networks that sense, think and act by leveraging our work across mobile, fixed and cloud networks. In addition, we create value with intellectual property and long-term research, led by the award-winning Nokia Bell Labs.

Service providers, enterprises and partners worldwide trust Nokia to deliver secure, reliable, and sustainable networks today – and work with us to create the digital services and applications of the future.

About Sanmina
Sanmina Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM), a Fortune 500 company, is a leading integrated manufacturing solutions provider serving the fastest growing segments of the global Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) market. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina provides end-to-end manufacturing solutions, delivering superior quality and support to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) primarily in the industrial, medical, defense and aerospace, automotive, communications networks and cloud infrastructure markets. Sanmina has facilities strategically located in key regions throughout the world. More information about the Company is available at

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