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Survey confirms operator demand for VDSL2 vectoring

May 7, 2013

Nearly 70% of operators interviewed say they are either in trial or actively deploying VDSL2 vectoring technology, according to a recent global survey by market research firm Broadbandtrends LLC.

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.

Cayman-based Logic selects Clearfield for its broadband fiber network

May 6, 2013

Fiber-optic connectivity specialist Clearfield, Inc. (NASAQ: CLFD) says Logic, a broadband service provider looking to bring fiber to every home and business in the Cayman Islands, has chosen Clearfield to fulfill its fiber connectivity, distribution, and protection requirements. Logic is deploying the FieldSmart fiber management platform of panels and cabinets and FieldShield microduct and pushable fiber for connectivity directly into the home.

Reducing the cost of broadband by lowering data-center footprint

May 1, 2013

Much has been written about "carbon footprint." But for data-center designers and managers, reducing footprint is not just about going green.

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.

ASSIA strengthens VDSL vectoring play with DSL Expresse 3.3

April 30, 2013

Broadband technology specialist ASSIA, Inc. has launched the latest version of its flagship broadband management and optimization platform. The company has optimized DSL Expresse 3.3 to help support the roll out of broadband access networks based on VDSL and vectoring. It also sports new features that help minimize technician truck rolls, as well as improve customer support services.

m2fx touts fiber to the premises milestone

April 30, 2013

Fiber cable and connectivity supplier m2fx says that, thanks to a recent deployment by Champaign Telephone Company in Illinois, the company’s patented Miniflex fiber cable, microduct, and protection tube products have now seen use in 25,000 fiber to the premises (FTTP) installations worldwide.

Broadband Forum BroadbandSuite 6.1 targets DSL broadband networks

April 29, 2013

The Broadband Forum used last week’s DSL Acceleration event in Paris to unveil BroadbandSuite 6.1, a “superfast broadband toolkit” designed to simplify the deployment of high-speed broadband services over xDSL networks.

Summit Broadband selects iPhotonix ONTs with RF return capabilities

April 29, 2013

iPhotonix LLC, says it has been selected by Summit Broadband, an Orlando-based private cable operator, to supply its iVolve series of optical network terminal (ONTs) for the operator’s FTTx deployments. iPhotonix’s iVolve series of ONTs include GPON integrated RF return capabilities. The integrated RF return supports two-way communication between video headends and consumer devices, which enables the service provider to offer interactive services such as video on demand.

Ikanos touts 110 Mbps via Velocity-3 NodeScale Vectoring VDSL chipset

April 26, 2013

Communicatons semiconductor supplier Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) says that it has demonstrated VDSL-based transmission of 110 Mbps up to 500 m across 192 ports using its Velocity-3 NodeScale Vectoring VDSL chipset. The company says it also has tallied its first design win for the chipset.

KeyFibre offers KeyQuick MS201 mechanical splice

April 23, 2013

Spanish mechanical splicing technology developer KeyFibre has unveiled the KeyQuick MS201 Mechanical Splice. The splice features a proprietary flat cleave design that provides similar performance to angled cleaves at a lower cost.

Orange launches own FTTH network in Spain

April 22, 2013

Orange Spain says it has completed its first fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment project and has launched the fiber-based services for the general public in the La Vaguada district of Madrid.

Huawei unveils embedded OTDR prototype with high split ratio

April 22, 2013

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. says it has developed an embedded optical time domain reflectometer (eOTDR) prototype with what the company claims is an industry leading split ratio of up to 1:64. Using emulation tests on live networks, the company has demonstrated that this prototype can accurately locate faults to within 5 m, meaning that eOTDR technology is ready for commercial use on fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) passive optical networks (PONs).

Google offers to buy iProvo FTTH network

April 18, 2013

Google and Provo, UT, Mayor John Curtis have revealed that Google has offered to buy the troubled iProvo fiber to the home (FTTH) network. The Provo city council will vote on the proposed sale Tuesday, April 23. If the sale is approved, Google hopes to begin serving at least some existing customers late this year.

All Systems Broadband touts high-density fiber shelf

April 18, 2013

All Systems Broadband, Inc. has announced the general availability of its 4RU high-density shelf for fiber-optic networks. The shelf’s design provides flexibility and high-density in a small amount of rack space. The shelf also facilitates a clear migration path from current to future technology, minimizing wasted investment, the company asserts.

Calix offers E3-48C for FTTN applications

April 16, 2013

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has unveiled the Ethernet eXtensible Architecture (EXA) Powered E3-48C sealed Ethernet Service Access Node (ESAN). Part of the company’s Unified Access portfolio, the E3-48C is for fiber to the node (FTTN) applications that leverage existing copper infrastructure.

Energie Wasser Bern taps Keymile for Swiss FTTH deployment

April 11, 2013

Utility Energie Wasser Bern will use the MileGate multiservice access platform from KEYMILE in a fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment in Bern, Switzerland.

BT fiber-optic network passes 15 million premises

April 10, 2013

BT says it has now passed 15 million homes with the fiber-optic network it uses to support broadband services delivery via fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) infrastructure. This figure represents more than half of the homes and businesses within the UK, BT asserts.

AT&T: We’ll do 1 Gbps in Austin too – maybe

April 9, 2013

Having watched Kansas City, KS, welcome Google with open arms, AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has decided not to take lying down Google’s announcement that it will bring its 1-Gbps Google Fiber service to another AT&T market, Austin, TX. The U.S. Tier 1 carrier said it too would provide 1-Gbps services in Austin – provided a few conditions are met.

Google Fiber coming to Austin

April 9, 2013

After nearly a week of speculation, Google confirmed the worst-kept secret in fiber to the home (FTTH): that it will bring its symmetrical 1-Gbps Google Fiber offering to Austin, TX.

United Fiber chooses Entone FusionTV for FTTH network

April 9, 2013

United Services, Inc., a subsidiary of United Electric Cooperative (UECI), has selected FusionTV platforms from Entone, Inc. to help supply video services in rural Missouri under its “United Fiber” brand via fiber to the home (FTTH).

Interplanet offers fiber business services via Calix E7-2

April 9, 2013

Interplanet, a communications service provider in northern Italy, has deployed the Calix (NYSE: CALX) E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) in a fiber-optic network designed to support business services in the Verona region.

Alcatel-Lucent trials VDSL2 vectoring with China Telecom, Tunisie Telecom

April 8, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) has announced a pair of field trials for its VDSL2 vectoring technology (see “Alcatel-Lucent announces Zero Touch Vectoring for VDSL2 broadband”). One, with China Telecom, is touted as the first such trial in China. The other was with Tunisie Telecom.

Leviton Opt-X HD Enclosure System improves fiber density

April 5, 2013

Leviton has unveiled the Opt-X HD Fiber Enclosure System, designed to increase fiber density by as much as 50% within the same rack space. A member of the company’s Opt-X line of fiber optic connectivity products, the system includes high-density enclosures, MTP cassettes, and adapter plates.

Legrand and Superior Essex link for nCompass cabling line

April 4, 2013

One good cabling alliance apparently deserves another. On the heels of the announcement that Berk-Tek and Leviton have decided to join forces (see “Berk-Tek Leviton Technologies alliance targets high-performance networks”), fellow cabling and connectivity suppliers Legrand and Superior Essex Communications LP say they too will combine forces. The two companies will jointly address the international structured cabling systems (SCS) market though a new brand, called nCompass.