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AFL unveils new Fujikura 12S fusion splicer

January 22, 2013

AFL claims that the new Fujikura 12S is the world’s smallest, lightest, and most portable fusion splicer. At just 4.76 inches W x 6.38 inches D x 2.24 inches H, the full-featured fusion splicer is designed to increase efficiency in the field.

North State picks Zhone ONT for IPTV deployment

January 17, 2013

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says its optical network terminal (ONT) has been deployed by North State Communications, a broadband and entertainment provider based in High Point, NC, to deliver IPTV and video services via fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

FTTx networks target of Greenlee Communications 910FS Optical Fusion Splicer

January 15, 2013

Greenlee Communications has unveiled the 910FS Optical Fusion Splicer. The unit will help technicians splice a variety of fiber-optic cables in both indoor and outdoor applications – but will be particularly useful for FTTx networks, the company says.

China to require FTTH for new homes

January 15, 2013

China Daily reports that a new policy from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology will mandate that all new residences have a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection where such broadband access networks are available. The policy, which goes into effect April 1 of this year, also calls for operators to provide equal subscriber access to competitive service providers.

NBN Co hits Australian National Broadband Network targets

January 14, 2013

NBN Co, the organization responsible for construction of Australia’s National Broadband Network, says it either completed or at least began construction of the fiber to the home (FTTH) network in areas covering 784,592 premises by the end of last year. This slightly exceeds its goal of 758,000 premises before the end of the year.

Strategy Analytics: Homeowners willing to pay for connected home services

January 10, 2013

Operators of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks could find success beyond triple-play service provision. Strategy Analytics says its 4Q 2012 survey of broadband households in France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the U.S. has identified surprising interest in and willingness to pay for remote monitoring and control systems in addition to professionally monitored interactive security services.

North American FTTH market worth $4.7B by 2017, says RVA

January 9, 2013

Market research firm RVA LLC predicts in a report released today that direct investment in North American fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment will reach $4.7 billion annually by 2017. Altogether, the market will be worth $18 billion across the next five years, RVA asserts. Meanwhile, operators will see FTTH services revenues grow to $4 billion by 2017, almost half of the cumulative $9 billion North American service providers will see over the same fiber-year period.

Smart grids in China a big opportunity for PON technology, says Ovum

January 9, 2013

Global analyst firm Ovum says in a new report that demand for PON systems to enable smart grids in China could be worth $1.5 billion to $2 billion to FTTx PON component and equipment vendors. That’s because the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) could decide to provide communications services with the same infrastructure, according to The Merger of China’s Smart Grid and PON – A Potential Perfect Storm.

Marvell G.hn chips power Teleconnect POF home network gear

January 9, 2013

Semiconductor developer Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) says that Germany’s Teleconnect has based the design of its omniPOF plastic optical fiber (POF) home networking modules on Marvell’s G.hn chipset.

Study describes Google Fiber marketing strategy success

January 8, 2013

A new study from media and technology marketing consultancy Ideas & Solutions! Inc. suggests that while Google’s brand recognition played a large role in the initial success of Google Fiber, the company’s marketing campaign also helped get its Kansas City fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project off to a good start.

Huawei supplies gear for Rostelecom optical distribution network

January 2, 2013

Huawei announced on Christmas that it has deployment an intelligent optical distribution network (iODN) for Rostelecom in Perm Krai, Russia. The iODN deployment, which aims to boost broadband services, is a first for the country, Huawei asserts.

What can you learn from Google Fiber?

January 1, 2013

Some aspects of Google Fiber would only work for Google.  But there are some lessons others can apply to their own FTTH plans.

Verizon completes fiber-optics installation in lower Manhattan as part of Hurricane Sandy restoration effort

December 20, 2012

Approximately seven weeks after Hurricane Sandy, Verizon says it has completed the installation of fiber-optic cables between the company's two critical central switching offices in lower Manhattan and buildings put out of service by the storm surge.

Bell Labs: Surging video consumption will push networks to the edge

December 18, 2012

With Christmas expected to bring another leap in ownership of tablets, smartphones, and other devices, new research suggests that increasing consumption of video content on such devices will push wired broadband networks to their absolute limits over the next decade. The study was carried out by Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext, Paris and NYSE: ALU).

TraceSpan adds TR-069 support to GPON protocol analyzer

December 18, 2012

TraceSpan Communications, a broadband analysis and monitoring company, has introduced a new version of the GPON Xpert protocol analyzer that includes embedded support for TR-069.

Tilgin to supply home gateways to Jersey Telecom

December 17, 2012

Swedish FTTx equipment vendor Tilgin AB says that JT (Jersey) Ltd., formerly Jersey Telecom, has ordered a second round of home gateways for JT’s fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

Tunisiana partners with Alcatel-Lucent for Tunisian wireline broadband access network

December 17, 2012

Wireless services provider Tunisiana has chosen Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to provide both hardware and services for the construction of a wireline broadband access network in Tunisia. The four-year agreement will see Alcatel-Lucent provide systems to support both GPON and VDSL2 architectures, as well as services that include designing, building, managing, and maintaining the network.

Alphion India intros small form factor GPON OLT

December 17, 2012

Alphion India Private Ltd. has launched the AOLT-4200, small-form factor, optical line terminal (OLT) that specifically addresses rural broadband and mobile backhaul applications. While the OLT was launched in India, the company plans to market it worldwide, an Alphion source confirms.

FTTH Council Americas names new board members

December 11, 2012

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas, a non-profit organization of nearly 300 companies and organizations, has elected three industry executives to its board of directors for 2013.

ADTRAN delivers GPON FTTH pilot network in Athens

December 10, 2012

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) says its GPON platform is being used by Greek broadband provider Forthnet in what it claims is the first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) pilot network in the metropolitan area of Athens.

UTEL expands into Chinese FTTP market

December 5, 2012

United Technologists Europe Ltd (UTEL), a UK-based research and development organization, says it has agreed a new joint venture with Chinese company Nanjing Orient Info & Tech. Co Ltd.

PON, VDSL, cable equipment sales continue growth in 3Q12, says Dell'Oro

December 4, 2012

Sales of systems for access networks – which includes PON, DSL, and cable hybrid fiber/coax equipment – grew by a “moderate” 6% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2012, according to a new report by Dell’Oro Group. PON systems were the stars, advancing 21% over the same quarter of 2011.

INNO Instrument unveils IFS-15H fusion splicer for FTTx

December 3, 2012

INNO Instrument Inc. says the new IFS-15H fusion splicer is compact, fast, and easy to use. It is capable of splicing flat or round fiber-optic cables as well as splice-on fiber-optic connectors, and offers many more features, the company adds.

Jersey Telecom selects FTTH home gateway from Genexis

December 3, 2012

JT Group Ltd (JT), the incumbent communications enabler based in the Channel Islands, has selected active equipment provider Genexis for the delivery of optical home gateways. They have commenced with the roll-out of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) to all 42,000 premises on Jersey (see “Jersey Telecom connects customers in FTTH trial”).

Huawei partners with Fastweb on high-speed broadband R&D

December 3, 2012

Huawei and Italian service provider Fastweb have signed a five-year agreement for cooperative research and development of advanced technologies and services for ultra-wideband networks. The aim is to boost the performance of existing technologies, which now reach up to 100 Mbps, but in coming years will be able to deliver speeds up to 10X higher, to enable Fastweb’s network to offer increasing speeds in future years.

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