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Pressure points for 2015

November 25, 2014

An uneven 2014 is coming to an end. Here's a look at what 2015 may bring in the way of optical communications technology trends.

The next 30 years

November 25, 2014

Having marked the start of the year of our 30th anniversary with a look at how much fiber-optic communications has progressed over our three decades of existence, I think we should end the year with a look at how optical communications will evolve over the next three decades.

DSL drop off means flat 3Q14 broadband systems market says Infonetics

November 24, 2014

A drop in sales of DSL equipment negated continued growth in PON equipment demand in the third quarter of 2014, says market research firm Infonetics Research in its 3Q14 "PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers" report. The $2 billion in sales for the quarter represented a 1% sequential fall off, according to the report.

Passive optical LAN from Tellabs choice of SK Food Group

November 24, 2014

Tellabs says that SK Food Group has installed a passive optical LAN in its new manufacturing facility in Columbus, OH, to support a wide variety of communications needs. Fiber-optic network integrator STAT Communications performed the installation.

BT enables superfast broadband on Isles of Scilly

November 24, 2014

UK operator BT reports that an ambitious project to bring superfast broadband to a remote community has just been completed with the first customers already using the high-speed technology. Isles of Scilly households and businesses now have access to broadband speeds up to 80 Mbps, which is 10X faster than the previous maximum of up to 8 Mbps.

Sumitomo Electric launches 10G-EPON line cards

November 20, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has released 10G symmetrical EPON line cards for use with its FSU7100 series of optical line terminals (OLT). The FCM7133 line cards support 10X the bandwidth of the current 1G line cards to service the growing needs of both commercial and residential broadband applications, the company says.

Calix supports gigabit fiber network in Jackson, Wyoming

November 18, 2014

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says Silver Star Communications has selected E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Services Access Platforms (ESAPs) and 700GE optical network terminals (ONTs) as well as the Calix 844G GigaCenter for its Gigabiz initiative in Jackson, WY.

FCC wants AT&T GigaPower FTTH details

November 17, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and AT&T took turns applying pressure to each other last week in reaction to President Barak Obama's support of Title II classification (albeit with a withhold on rate regulation) as an engine toward net neutrality. The FCC may be squeezing tighter.

ASSIA wins another round in DSL patent fight with BT

November 14, 2014

Broadband access network management software vendor ASSIA, Inc. reports the UK Court of Appeal in London has affirmed a High Court judgment against BT in a patent fight, while adding a second victory for the company. The Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court that BT infringed on one ASSIA broadband management patent covering dynamic spectrum management techniques, then added that it believes BT infringed on another patent as well.

Google Fiber to offer small business services in Kansas City via FTTP

November 13, 2014

Google Fiber says it will finally begin to offer high-speed broadband access services to small businesses in "select areas" of central Kansas City via its fiber to the premises (FTTP) network.

Icotera launches Layer 2 point-to-point residential fiber gateway for open access FTTH

November 13, 2014

Danish company Icotera A/S has unveiled a point-to-point Layer 2 residential fiber gateway – the IGW 1000 S – designed to address the growing popularity of open access networks for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

Monaco Telecom to manage FTTH cable nets with Huawei D-CCAP platform

November 10, 2014

Monaco Telecom has selected Huawei's distributed converged cable access platform (D-CCAP) to manage its broadband access networks. The carrier's network, which combines fiber to the home (FTTH) and hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) infrastructure, will support services from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps as part of an upgrade project.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Quantum Type-Q101-CA-PLUS fusion splicer

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave launches Wi-Fi enabled QuantumCA-PLUS fusion splicer

November 6, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has introduced its next-generation single-fiber core alignment fusion splicer, the Quantum Type-Q101-CA-PLUS.

IEEE delivers EPON interoperability test program

November 6, 2014

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has unveiled three new standards for conformance testing procedures for IEEE 1904.1Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON).

RFoG from ARRIS the choice of Spain's R

November 4, 2014

Spanish cable operator R Cable y Telecomunicaciones Galicia, simply known as R, has selected radio-frequency-over-glass (RFoG) technology from ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) to improve bandwidth provisioning, drive efficiency across its network, and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber to the premises (FTTP) RFoG extensions.

BCE takes Bell Aliant private

November 4, 2014

BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), formerly known as Bell Canada Enterprises, says it has completed the privatization of Bell Aliant and has fully integrated the Atlantic Canada affiliate into its operations.

Smart transceivers reduce capex/opex of network upgrades and new deployments

October 30, 2014

A new class of pluggable transceiver modules is attracting a lot of interest these days. Module suppliers call the new set of transceivers
"intelligent transceivers," "pluggable NIDs," "smart SFPs," or other eye-catching names. The new type of transceivers – let’s call it "smart transceivers" – combines an optical interface with various system functions in standard SFP format.

1 Gbps FTTH across Ireland on tap from eircom

October 28, 2014

Irish national carrier eircom Group, which had previously focused on broadband access via fiber to the cabinet (see "eircom turns on vectoring to support 100-Mbps broadband speeds"), now says it will roll out gigabit speeds via fiber to the home. The service provider has targeted 66 communities for the new services, which will be provided "as demand for this connectivity emerges," eircom says.

Frontier adds Oregon to gigabit broadband efforts

October 28, 2014

Shortly after its first gigabit broadband access deployment announcement, in North Carolina, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) says gigabit speeds are now available to residential customers in "select neighborhoods" of Beaverton, OR.

Elauwit deploys Tellabs' Optical LAN in five college campuses

October 28, 2014

Tellabs Inc. (NASDAQ: TLAB) says that campus housing service provider Elauwit Networks has expanded the deployment of Tellabs’ Optical LAN to five additional college campuses, following the deployment across eight colleges in 2013.

G.fast field trials underway says ADTRAN

October 27, 2014

ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) announced last week at the Broadband World Forum that its G.fast broadband access technology is in field trials with service providers in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The trials involve the ADTRAN 500G Series, "a portfolio of fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) environmentally sealed platforms," in the words of an ADTRAN press release.

AFL ups OSP MicroCore Cable fiber count to 432

October 27, 2014

AFL says it has expanded its OSP MicroCore air-jetted fiber-optic cable portfolio with a 432 fiber-count version. The Telcordia GR-20 compliant MicroCore cable features a 12.6-mm outer diameter, which AFL asserts makes it one of the world’s smallest high fiber count fiber cables.

Huawei develops 100G TWDM-PON

October 27, 2014

While commercial equipment for 40-Gbps time and wavelength division PON (TWDM-PON) has just been announced, Huawei says it has demonstrated 100-Gbps versions of the technology in the lab. The company says it has achieved 4x25-Gbps TWDM-PON transmission, verified via a lab prototype.

Frontier lights gigabit fiber network in Durham

October 27, 2014

Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) has joined the gigabit broadband party. The company says network speeds up to 1 Gbps are immediately available to business and residential customers in selected communities in Durham, NC.

enet's fibredirect broadband service for Irish businesses to leverage Calix FTTP gear

October 22, 2014

Broadband access network equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it will supply its Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and P- and T-Series fiber services gateways to enet, a private company that operates and manages a nationwide fiber-optic network for the Irish State. The company will use the equipment to support the rollout of its "fibredirect" fiber-enabled wholesale services for ISPs targeting small and medium-sized businesses across Ireland.

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