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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.

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.

Eircom unveils national high-speed broadband network

May 20, 2013

Irelands’ incumbent operator Eircom has officially launched its new “e-fibre” high-speed broadband network and revealed its long-term plans. The network is based on a fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) architecture.

AFL offers Fujikura One-Click Cleaner MPO

May 17, 2013

AFL says it has expanded its One-Click Cleaner product line with the One-Click Cleaner MPO. The new product, part of AFL’s NOYES cleaning product line, is aimed at data center personnel.

Clearfield unveils FieldSmart Fiber Distribution Point – KIS outdoor fiber enclosure

May 17, 2013

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has introduced its latest addition to the FieldSmart fiber enclosure line, the FieldSmart Fiber Delivery Point (FDP) KIS Outdoor Enclosure. The modular FDP-KIS (KIS is short for “keep it simple”) is the first enclosure that is optimized for pushable fiber deployment, Clearfield asserts.

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.

Ethernet Alliance subcommittee tackles Ethernet in access networks

May 13, 2013

A new Ethernet Alliance Access Networking subcommittee will attempt to promote the use of Ethernet in broadband access networks. In particular, the subcommittee will attempt to combat the perception that EPON interest is limited to Asian carriers.

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.

Tilgin, Zhone pair for GPON ONT management

May 7, 2013

FTTx technology vendors Tilgin and and Zhone Technologies say they will integrate Tilgin’s TR-069 management suite, tGem, with Zhone’s indoor GPON ONT product line. The result will be a plug-and-play network management approach for triple-play broadband access services, the companies say.

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).

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