i3 Broadband Selects Huawei to Enable Efficient Broadband Connections in Central Illinois


PLANO, Texas- Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that i3 Broadband, a regional provider of fiber optic internet services, chose Huawei to enhance its deployment of services to residential homes and multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in theChampaign-Urbanaand the greaterPeoriaareas. Huawei's highly-scalable, end-to-end broadband solutions will allow i3 Broadband to bring more dynamic services to its existing users, and in particular save both time and money when installing connections for future MDU customers.

Driven by a surge in multifamily residential building construction as well as increased customer demand for faster broadband speeds, the desire for reliable and responsive internet, HD TV and voice services for MDUs has never been greater. Recognizing this need, i3 Broadband partnered with Huawei, whose GPON, NG-PON and D-CCAP technologies deliver gigabit bandwidth to MDUs at unprecedented prices and operational performance.

"i3 Broadband strives to offer ultra-high speed internet to apartment owners to support the needs of the landlords and tenants. From a recently released survey inBroadband Communities, 87 percent of respondents said technology plays an important role in keeping renters satisfied.  Providing a faster go-to-market strategy for this important segment will benefit i3 Broadband, Huawei and our customers," saidMichael Whitaker, vice president of sales and business development at i3 Broadband. Whitaker also noted there is a large opportunity to collaborate with Home Owner Associations to provide fiber optic internet, HD TV and phone services to specific areas inChampaign-UrbanaandPeoria.

Key to Huawei's success in winning i3 Broadband's business was its ability to offer future-proof solutions. Unlike competitors, many of who must forklift and replace physical hardware when confronted with merger challenges or legacy network migration issues, Huawei's offerings can be seamlessly upgraded via software for both efficiency and cost savings. Huawei was also chosen for its dedication to deploying best-in-class solutions and its renowned R&D staff, which together will further allow i3 Broadband to focus on expanding optimal services to more customers.

"The goal of i3 Broadband is to reduce cost, create value and continue to offer high-quality internet, HD TV and voice services to residential and business customers," saidDan Kennedy, COO of i3 Broadband. "As i3 Broadband continues to expand its all fiber, ultra-high speed network to more locations within the communities we serve, i3 Broadband is excited to be using Huawei MDU products, as their next-generation solutions will allow i3 Broadband to quickly acquire new MDU customers and speed our market delivery."

"With MDUs representing the fastest-growing broadband access segment, Huawei is thrilled to have partnered with i3 Broadband for the opportunity to improve services for this key customer base," saidBill Gerski, vice president of sales at HuaweiUSA. "Fueled by a desire for constant innovation, we look forward to our continued work with i3 Broadband to consistently deliver the best broadband services to theChampaign-Urbanaand the greaterPeoriacommunities."

About i3 Broadband
i3 Broadband provides TV, voice and internet services through a 100 percent fiber optic network in the greaterPeoria,ChampaignandUrbana, Illinois, markets. For more information, visitwww.i3broadband.comor call (877) 976-0711.

About Huawei
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei's 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.