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Technology and business drivers for passive optical LANs

October 17, 2012

Passive optical LAN (POL) technology platforms optimized for enterprise LAN environments have become available only in the last couple of years from such companies as Tellabs and Motorola (recently acquired by Google). Yet, this technology – which enables a singlemode fiber-to-the-desktop architecture for the LAN – is quickly gaining traction in the market.

Broadcom offers GPON SoCs with residential gateway software

October 17, 2012

Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: BRCM) says it can now offer pair the GPON system on a chip (SoC) devices it gained from its Broadlight acquisition with “complete” residential gateway software. The combination better enables GPON equipment manufacturers to offer end-to-end GPON product lines, Broadcom asserts.

State of Illinois funds Gigabit Squared broadband project in Chicago

October 16, 2012

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced an award of $2 million under the state’s Illinois Gigabit Communities Challenge program to Gigabit Squared. The awardee, which works in partnership with the national Gig.U broadband effort, will deploy fiber and wireless infrastructure in Chicago’s Mid-South Side under the auspices of its Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program (GNGP).

Omnitron supports DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON in iConverter NID

October 16, 2012

In a sign that DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) technology may finally be nearing deployment readiness, Omnitron Systems says it has completed lab trials using its iConverter GM4 Network Interface Demarcation Device (NID) with support of the DEMARC Auto-Configuration (DAC) process.

Alcatel-Lucent adds integrated OTDR capabilities to PON offering

October 16, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced it is trailing a new integrated optical time-domain reflectometry (OTDR) capability for its PON systems. The OTDR capability is designed to enable service providers to evaluate new deployments and troubleshoot problems on existing networks without truck rolls or separate OTDR test sets.

Calix, Arcadiz roll out business broadband services for Numericable Belgium

October 16, 2012

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) is continuing its push into the Europe market. The FTTx equipment vendor announced that Belgian service provider Numéricable has selected its E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg.

Hyperoptic bring 1-Gbps broadband to London

October 15, 2012

Hyperoptic, a UK fiber-to-the-home services provider, says it has signed more than 30 of the most significant property developments across London to its hyper-fast 1-Gbps broadband service.

ASSIA upgrades DSL Expresse to support vectoring management

October 11, 2012

DSL and Wi-Fi network software tool developer ASSIA, Inc. has announced the latest version of its flagship product. The ASSIA DSL Expresse 3.1 offers several enhancements over previous versions, including the ability to simultaneously manage vectored and non-vectored lines.

ANTEL taps ZTE for GPON FTTH in Uruguay

October 11, 2012

Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (ANTEL) has selected ZTE Corp. (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ) to provide equipment for a major GPON fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment in Uruguay.

Nexans launches high-density multi-fiber optical cabling system

October 11, 2012

Optical cable specialist Nexans (Paris:NEX) is aiming to make a name for itself in the urban FTTH market with a high-capacity cable system consisting of up to 1008 optical fibers. The new product will be demonstrated at TeleNetfair in Lucerne, Switzerland, on October 23–25, 2012.

Lantiq intros reverse-powered fiber to the distribution point

October 11, 2012

Broadband access and home networking semiconductor and software vendor Lantiq has unveiled what it claims is the first commercially available reverse-powered fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) technology, which delivers aggregated data rates of up to 250 Mbps over twisted-pair copper line lengths up to 200 m. The company says the system sets a new performance benchmark for next-generation copper access, supporting triple-play broadband services including multiple HDTV channels over IP.

Genesis to demo DSL Rings at speeds of up to 400 Mbps over copper

October 10, 2012

Genesis Technical Systems Corp. has officially launched DSL Rings, a technology to deliver 400 Mbps over existing copper telecommunications infrastructures.

Bordesholm grows its muni network with equipment from PBN

October 10, 2012

Pacific Broadband Networks (PBN) says it has been confirmed as the long-term partner and FTTH-equipment supplier to KNÖV-NetT Bordesholm, a utilities provider in Germany.

FTTH Council Europe cheers Spain, scolds the UK

October 10, 2012

In the latest update to the Fiber to the Home Council’s FTTH Ranking, Spain is one of the fastest growing fiber nations in Europe while the UK is the slowest. The FTTH Council Europe offered a preview of its official data at the NextGen 12 conference in London ahead of the official announcement next week.

Alcatel-Lucent announces Zero Touch Vectoring for VDSL2 broadband

October 9, 2012

In a move that may forestall a move to fiber to the home (FTTH) in some carrier networks, Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced Zero Touch Vectoring, a way to enable carriers to deploy vectoring on VDSL2 networks without having to upgrade DSL modems in subscribers’ homes.

Calix selected for 1-Gbps broadband project in York, UK

October 8, 2012

Calix, Inc. (NYSE:CALX) says that its E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) has been chosen to provide fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to an award-winning £40 million new housing development in Derwenthorpe, Yorkshire, UK.

Corning Cable intros facade cabling for MDUs

October 4, 2012

Corning Cable Systems LLC, part of Corning Inc.’s (NYSE:GLW) telecommunications segment, says its new FlexNAP Façade MDU cabling will speed up FTTH deployment.

KEYMILE to debut GPON line at Broadband World Forum

October 2, 2012

German transport equipment developer KEYMILE says it plans to unveil a new line of GPON equipment at this year’s Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam, October 16-18.The new line of MileGate platforms includes the MileGate 2880 and the MileGate 2820. The company also will introduce the MileGate 2200, a 2-HU subrack system for areas with few subscribers.

Pulse Broadband and CommScope drive Lake Region Electric Co-op EPON FTTH trial

October 2, 2012

Hulbert, OK-based Lake Region Electric Cooperative will embark on a trial of EPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH). Pulse Broadband will design and manage the construction of the FTTH network build, which will use EPON gear from CommScope Inc.

RST Global Communications plans to light up the Carolinas

October 1, 2012

Executives at emerging fiber-based service provider RST Global Communications say they nearly have completed the first phase of a fiber-optic network roll out in southwestern North Carolina and now have set their sights on expansion – both in footprint and service mix.

Light Brigade offers CFHP training online

October 1, 2012

Fiber-optic training specialists The Light Brigade have launched an online version of its Fiber to the Home Council’s Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) training program. The CFHP offering is the first in what is planned as a series of training courses as part of The Light Brigade’s new Online Fiber Optic Training Program.

ADTRAN integrates third-party ONTs from iPhotonix

October 1, 2012

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN) has partnered with iPhotonix Corp. as its source for third-party optical network terminals (ONTs), according to iPhotonix. ADTRAN now offers certification that the third-party ONTs will interoperate with ADTRAN’s own GPON optical line terminals (OLTs) and service management software (AOE).

UK house hunters seek out broadband

October 1, 2012

A good broadband connection now beats off-street parking and access to local amenities as one of the vital deciding factors for people buying a new house, according to a new survey of house hunters. The findings follow a nationwide study of 1,500 home buyers carried out by broadbandchoices.co.uk and property expert, Henry Pryor. 

FITEL fusion splicer improvements aid ease of use

September 28, 2012

OFS says it has added several enhancements to its FITEL hand-held fusion splicer family. The upgrades, which include a built-in battery recharger, a selectable display layout, and more user-friendly LCD monitors, apply to the S123 Clad Alignment Splicer, the S153 Active Alignment Splicer, and the S178 Core Alignment Splicer.

New Knoxville Telephone selects DASAN for GPON FTTH

September 28, 2012

New Knoxville Telephone (NKTelco) of Ohio has chosen DASAN Networks Inc. to provide GPON fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) access equipment.

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