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Archive for 'April 2010'

    OIDA's Lebby becomes Translucent

    April 26, 2010 9:33 PM by Stephen Hardy

    Michael Lebby -- recently ex-president and CEO of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), member of the Lightwave Editorial Advisory Board, and eyewear savant -- reports that he is joining Translucent Inc. in Palo Alto as general manager and chief technology officer. The company originally spun out of Stanford to make erbium-doped waveguide amplifiers using erbium-doped silicon waveguides about a decade ago but has since changed its focus. Backed by Australian-based investor Silex, the company now hopes to supply what Lebby calls "virtual substrates" based on rare earth oxides.

    "Work is progressing on SOI technology as well as Ge-on-silicon technology for solar and very high speed detectors," he writes in an email.  "Translucent has published in the past light emitting silicon using rare earth oxides." 

    The virtual substrates would be SOI, SiGe, or Ge epi-ready for fabrication, Lebby adds.

    The company currently has a landing page up at www.translucentinc.com.

    FTTH Council numbers show continued growth

    April 15, 2010 8:32 AM by Stephen Hardy

    When the FTTH Council announced earlier this week its semi-annual review of North American FTTH penetration figures (garned with the help of RVA LLC), the council highlighted the fact that 1.4 million homes within the continent now enjoy the benefits of optical access technology.

    But the survey also provides a deeper look at the current state of FTTH deployment in North America. For example, the survey also contains the following data points:

    • As of March 30, 2010, there are approximately 18.2 million homes-passed in North America. About 99% of this activity has been in the United States to date. This compares to 17.2 million in September 2009.
    • Homes marketed stand at 16.992 million, up from 16.048 million six month ago.
    • Homes connected was slightly more than 5.8 million, compared to just under 5.3 million last September.
    • FTTH has now reached nearly 16% penetration of U.S. households in terms of homes passed and 5% in terms of homes connected.
    • Overall take rates hit 34.1%, up from 32.5% in September 2009. Take rates for carriers other than Verizon were just over 52%. While this is impressive on the face of it, this figure represents a modest decline from the 53.1% figure of last fall. Verion’s take rate was estimated to be 29.5%, up from 28% six months previously.


    All of this illustrates the growing the progress FTTH continues to make. But there's still a lot of work to do before subscribers in North America enjoy the level of service Asian carriers supply to their customers. As if to underscore this fact, Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd. announced April 13 the immediate availability of a symmetrical 1-Gbps service for approximately $26 a month.

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Stephen Hardy

Stephen has covered fiber optics for more than a dozen years, and communications and technology for more than 25 years. He is responsible for establishing and executing Lightwave's editorial strategy across its digital magazine, website, newsletters, research and other information products. He has won multiple awards for his writing.

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