Nokia, partners lauded for XGS PON deployment to student housing

May 15, 2020
Michigan's Spartan Net selected LightSpeed Technologies to deploy Nokia’s XGS PON technology.

LightSpeed Technologies, Inc., Nokia’s top VAR in North America, announced that it recently assisted Michigan-based Spartan Net in deploying the Nokia XGS PON solution for student housing.

The Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) recognized this milestone and named Nokia the recipient of its 2019 Gold Innovation award.

Spartan Net selected LightSpeed Technologies to deploy Nokia’s XGS PON technology, which provides service to single-family homes and MDUs [multi-Dwelling units]. In addition to Nokia’s 10G PON connectivity, LightSpeed provided Nokia’s residential gateways for Wi-Fi connectivity. 

“Our partnership with an innovative service provider like Spartan Net is very exciting and helped our hard-working team earn Nokia’s top VAR sales and growth award for a third consecutive year," commented John Brannon, president and CEO of LightSpeed Technologies.

Brannon added, "Our exclusivity to one vendor affords us the opportunity to spend quality time listening to our customers’ needs. We appreciate these opportunities to provide our service providers cost-effective next-generation solutions that meet their customers’ needs for seamless in-home Wi-Fi experiences and bandwidth.”

Leveraging Nokia's innovative approach illustrates the reliability and cost-effectiveness of 10G PON technologies, the companies contend. 

Richard Laing, president of Spartan Net, concluded, “It is a huge honor for all of us at Spartan Net to have been a part of Nokia’s recognition for this award. ‘One Step Further’ is more than a tagline, it is the way we operate, the way we live each day, the way we serve our clients — and this award certainly exemplifies that. We are grateful to have a partner with Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors, the developer and owner of Landmark on Grand River and Newman Lofts.”

For more information about LightSpeed Technologies, Inc., visit, or email Joe Caruso at [email protected] or by phone at 917-882-8455.

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