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Telecom Italia moves to spin out access networks unit

May 31, 2013

Telecom Italia’s board of directors approved on Thursday, May 30, a proposal to spin out its fixed access networks business into a separate company. The cash-hungry national service provider hopes to convince Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, a state-backed investment fund, to take a stake in the resultant company.

Choosing between RF and optical automatic gain control

May 30, 2013

How automatic gain control (AGC) is implemented in the ONT receiver is critically important. Unlike the case of baseband light modulation, RF-modulated light requires special attention to distortion, noise, and other performance factors to preserve good customer experience. Optimization of relevant receiver parameters such as noise, distortion, and gain flatness forces unpleasant tradeoffs and hard choices that ultimately can increase design complexity and cost. Thus, one of the most important decisions a designer needs to make is the preferred AGC method within the ONT receiver.

Study touts government/private partnership as likely best approach for national fiber plans

May 29, 2013

Arthur D. Little, in a report released last week at the 2013 Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council Asia Pacific Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, suggests that governments looking to roll out fiber-optic broadband networks on a nationwide scale likely would do best to get out of the way of industry in markets that would naturally attract investment and focus their efforts on areas that the free market will likely ignore.

Soros leads £50 million funding round for UK FTTH service provider Hyperoptic

May 23, 2013

UK fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service provider Hyperoptic says that has received an equity investment commitment of £50 million led by Quantum Strategic Partners Ltd. (Quantum). Quantum is a private investment vehicle managed by Soros Fund Management LLC for the benefit of well-known investor George Soros and Soros family clients.

Ericsson to shutter telecom cable manufacturing operations

May 21, 2013

As part of its review of its operations, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has decided to cease the manufacture of communications cables. The operations are part of the company’s Networks business unit.

Troy Cablevision deploys Optelian gear for 100G fiber-optic network

May 16, 2013

Troy Cablevison, Inc. has installed Optelian’s MPX-9110 100-Gbps platform in its Alabama fiber-optic network, the optical transport equipment provider reveals. The upgrade will help Troy Cable deliver fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fiber to the business (FTTB) services.

Marne Elk Horn Telephone taps ADTRAN for FTTH network

May 13, 2013

Independent telco Marne Elk Horn Telephone has installed the Total Access 5000 broadband access platform from ADTRAN, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN) in its new fiber to the home (FTTH) network, according to the systems house. The fiber-optic network will provide IPTV, high-speed internet and high-definition video to local schools, residential subscribers, and business customers in Marne Elk Horn’s Southern Iowa footprint.

SuperOnda Telecom chooses Zhone MXK for Brazilian FTTH network

May 10, 2013

FTTx equipment specialist Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that Brazilian service provider SuperOnda Telecom has deployed Zhone’s MXK platforms and 24xx ZNID terminal units within a fiber-optic network in the city of Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro. The fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband access network will provide service to 3,000 homes in the city.

Sycamore Telephone chooses ADTRAN for FTTH network

May 6, 2013

Sycamore Telephone Co. (STC) has chosen to use optical transport platforms from ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) in its new fiber-to-the-home network (FTTH). The FTTH network, built with a $4.1 million broadband stimulus grant, will serve 4,200 rural residents, 450 local businesses, and 14 community anchor institutions in northern Ohio.

CenturyLink targets Omaha for 1-Gbps FTTP network pilot

May 1, 2013

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will jump into the 1-Gbps broadband access camp. The Tier 1 service provider says it plans to connect 48,000 homes and businesses in Omaha, NE, as part of a fiber to the premises (FTTP) pilot that will see 1-Gbps connections available to the entire footprint by this October.

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