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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.

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.