Finland-based telecommunications company Nokia will soon begin manufacturing broadband network electronics in southeastern Wisconsin. The company announced today that in 2024, it will begin manufacturing fiber-optic broadband network electronics products at Sanmina’s Pleasant Prairie facility. The partnership between the companies is expected to create up to 200 jobs at the facility.
San Jose, California-based Sanmina is an electronics manufacturer that serves OEMs in the communications and hardware fields. By manufacturing its products in Pleasant Prairie, Nokia will be the first company to make products that will be used in the United States’ Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) program. The BEAD program aims to narrow the digital divide across the U.S. and contribute to economic growth and job creation.
Having access to technology that is built in the U.S. is a key requirement for states and infrastructure players that want to take part in BEAD and the $42 billion of available federal funding allocated for broadband rollouts to unserved and underserved communities.