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FTTH part of Telecom Argentina's broadband expansion plans

July 3, 2013

Telecom Argentina says that it is in the midst of an ambitious plan to extend triple-play service provision across the country. The plan will see fiber-optic networks built in Argentina’s major cities to support GPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the building (FTTB), and fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) combined with VDSL2. Telecom Argentina expects the various architectures to enable 100-Mbps Internet services.

Alcatel-Lucent demos 1-Gbps with Telekom Austria

July 2, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and A1, the Austrian subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group, have conducted the field trial of a 1-Gbps variant of developed by Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs. The demonstration saw 1.1 Gbps transmitted over 70 m of outside plant copper cabling.

UK Government issues new superfast broadband targets

July 2, 2013

An additional 1.4 million premises can expect to get superfast fiber-optic broadband under the latest plans announced by the UK Government. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has increased the available investment by £250 million ($378 million) to ensure that superfast broadband gets to 95% of homes and businesses in the UK by 2017.

AFL offers Fujikura 70R ribbon fusion splicer to North America

June 27, 2013

AFL has launched sales of the Fujikura 70R fusion splicer in North America. The new splicer builds on the success of the Fujikura 60R ribbon fusion splicer with several new features, the company says.

Tilgin’s FTTH CPE deployed in Norway

June 25, 2013

Swedish FTTx equipment vendor Tilgin AB says Enivest, a regional fiber provider in Norway, will now base its fiber to the home (FTTH) deployment on Tilgin’s Flexible Premise Solution.

Transmode iAccess addresses large-scale optical access with WDM-PON

June 20, 2013

Transmode Systems AB says unveiled its iAccess portfolio, which leverages its iWDM-PON offering (see “Transmode unveils iWDM-PON strategy”) to help service providers roll out Ethernet access networks for applications such as business Ethernet and mobile backhaul services.

CableLabs qualifies first set of DPoE hardware

June 17, 2013

Non-profit cable industry research and development consortium CableLabs says it has issued the first qualifications of hardware designed to version 1.0 of its DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications. The qualification means the offerings both meet CableLabs’ DPoE specifications and are interoperable.

Kuuskaista uses Calix E7 to bring advanced broadband to rural Finland

June 17, 2013

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that Finnish network co-operative Verkko-Osuuskunta Kuuskaista has chosen the Calix E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs) to bring advanced fiber-optic broadband services to central Finland.

TraceSpan launches handheld GPON tester

June 17, 2013

TraceSpan Communications Inc. has released the GPON Tracer 380, which it claims is the first and only handheld tester for on-site GPON network monitoring and troubleshooting.

IEEE ratifies SIEPON standard for EPON interoperability

June 17, 2013

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) ratified IEEE 1904.1 Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON) at its recent Standards Board meeting on June 14, 2013. The new standard provides open, international, system-level specifications to enable multi-vendor, "plug-and-play" interoperability in EPON systems.

White House report hints at increase in baseline broadband speed

June 16, 2013

High-speed broadband has become so ubiquitous in the United States that the baseline for broadband could become as high as 10 Mbps downstream, suggests a new White House report. Meanwhile, fiber-based broadband access continues to lag other media in terms of reach, even at 100-Mbps levels.

Channell charges Preformed Line Products with sealed enclosure patent infringement

June 16, 2013

Enclosure and connectivity company Channell Commercial Corp. has sued Preformed Line Products (PLP) for patent infringement. The suit involves underground sealed enclosures. PLP calls the assertions “baseless and without merit.”

Calix offers home gateway software for 700GE ONTs

June 11, 2013

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says customers using its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform can now download home gateway software that will add residential services gateway (RSG) capabilities to 700GE optical network terminals (ONTs). The software is free to Calix Advantage customers.

Infonetics: Broadband aggregation market can’t beat 2012

June 10, 2013

First quarter 2013 (1Q13) spending on broadband aggregation equipment was up in North America, but down elsewhere, according to the latest report from Infonetics Research. 

Deltek deploys passive optical LAN from Tellabs

June 6, 2013

Deltek, a provider of enterprise software and IT supplier, says it is using passive optical LAN equipment from Tellabs Inc. (NASDAQ: TLAB) to deliver gigabit-to-the-desk services over a passive fiber-optic cable infrastructure at the company's new headquarters in suburban Washington, DC.

Prysmian presents new range of nano loose tube cables at ANGACOM

June 6, 2013

Prysmian Group has introduced a new range of nano loose tube (LT) cables at ANGA COM Exhibition in Cologne, Germany, which runs from June 4 to 6. With a smaller diameter and increased fiber density, the new range of fiber-optic cables is part of the complete nano LT cable family the company offers, which enables the introduction of 192 fibers into standard 10/12-mm ducts and 96 fibers into standard 8/10-mm ducts.

SFR boosts FTTH speeds to 300 Mbps, launches 1 Gbps trial

June 5, 2013

French service provider SFR has launched a new top-tier service that offers 300 Mbps downstream and 50 Mbps upstream. The data rates are the highest in France, SFP asserts, and will be offered at an introductory price of €9.99 per month.

Cortina's universal PON reference design speeds time to market

June 4, 2013

Cortina Systems, Inc. has announced the general availability of a universal turnkey platform that enables original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to customize their EPON/GPON optical networking unit (ONU) designs and bring them to market more quickly.

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.

PON becoming more attractive for mobile backhaul says Ovum analyst

May 29, 2013

While the use of passive optical network (PON) technology for mobile backhaul isn’t new, Julie Kunstler, principal analyst at Ovum, suggests that the evolution through 3G, 4G LTE, and small cells will make the FTTx technology even more appealing for such applications. The result could be a market opportunity on the scale of $1 billion, she predicts.

Dutch cable operator Rekam expands RFoG network

May 28, 2013

Dutch cable-TV provider Rekam is using equipment from Pacific Broadband Networks BV to expand its network in Lekkerkerk, The Netherlands, a city east of Rotterdam. Rekam is building a fiber-optic network based on RF over glass (RFoG) that will pass every house in Lekkerkerk, and expects to connect several thousand customers annually.

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.

m2fx adds $3 million in new funding

May 22, 2013

Pushable fiber-optic cable developer m2fx says it has closed a $3 million (£2 million) funding round, led by existing investor Linnaeus Capital Partner B.V. The company will use the money to boost sales and expand its customer base, particularly in the fiber to the premises (FTTP) applications.