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CommScope (COMM) Solutions to Power GCI's Network in Alaska

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. COMM recently announced that GCI is the first company to deploy its RD2322 RxD as a Remote MACPHY Device (RMD) into a service-providing network.

Headquartered in Alaska, GCI provides voice, video, and managed services to consumer, business, government, and carrier customers. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Broadband Corporation LBRDK. It recently launched a standards-based 5G New Radio service in Anchorage, the country’s northernmost 5G service area.

Announced in May, the RD2322 can be deployed either as a Remote PHY Device or a RMD based on its software image. GCI deployed the RMD in its existing CommScope NC4000 fiber nodes by swapping the node lid. This has brought key advantages to the GCI network, including a distributed access architecture, lower latency, and higher throughput.

CommScope’s solution for Remote MACPHY includes the RMD, fiber nodes, video delivery, fiber, cables, and connectors, as well as back-office software to manage deployments.

The deployment of RMDs supports GCI’s launch of 2 gig Internet in the coming months and its journey to 10G in the next five years. The technology also allows it to move Internet distribution from the centralized headend out into neighborhood nodes. This enabled GCI to provide a more reliable and greater performance service to its customers.

CommScope designed the RD2322 platform to cater to the varied needs of its operator customers. GCI intends to work with CommScope to deploy RMDs throughout its network in Alaska.

CommScope expects to capitalize on industry tailwinds such as the demand for 5G, the launch of HELIAX SkyBlox to meet the demand for network upgrades while helping operators to put reliable mobile networks in place. Growth, cost control, and portfolio optimization remain the company’s priorities.

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