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Cisco offers GPON system as part of Elastic Access portfolio

May 8, 2014

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has unveiled a new access network product initiative called Cisco Elastic Access that includes four new hardware platforms – including one that supports GPON – as well as software-defined network (SDN) friendly software platforms.

Global fiber broadband subs to double by 2019 says ABI Research

May 8, 2014

The number of fixed-line broadband subscribers around the world grew 6% in 2013 to surpass 665.4 million subscribers, according to the latest figures from market research firm ABI Research.

AT&T increases fiber to the building count in multiple markets

May 2, 2014

AT&T says it has connected hundreds of multi-tenant buildings with fiber in five markets. Part of the service provider’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) program, the Fiber Ready Building initiative seeks to expand the small and medium business customers whom AT&T could offer security, network, and cloud-based services that require high-capacity connections.

Vodafone Netherlands taps Edgeware for FTTH video

May 1, 2014

Vodafone Netherlands has deployed Edgeware´s Distributed Video Delivery Networks (D-VDN) Solution to support Vodafone’s roll out of its Thuis service to its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) customers in the Netherlands, Edgeware says.

FCC Chairman Wheeler pledges support for municipal broadband network efforts

May 1, 2014

In an address to attendees at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) The Cable Show in Los Angeles yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed strong support for the right of municipalities to supply broadband services using their own networks. Wheeler pledged to “preempt” state laws that restrict the construction and operation of such networks.

Aurora Networks UniPHY Platform offers cable MSOs converged services support

April 30, 2014

Aurora Networks, a Pace company that specializes in optical transport and access network gear for cable MSOs, has introduced the UniPHY Platform at The Cable Show. UniPHY supports PON, DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE), and remote QAM-based digital hybrid fiber/coax capabilities within the same system.

ZTE wins GPON equipment order from China Mobile

April 22, 2014

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it has won orders from China Mobile for GPON equipment in the operator’s annual tender.

AT&T releases list of potential new 1-Gbps FTTH markets

April 22, 2014

AT&T has released a list of 21 metropolitan markets in which it might roll out the 1-Gbps GigaPower version of its U-Verse service. How many of these cities will actually see the fiber to the home (FTTH) based service will depend on whether the municipalities “have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies,” the service provider said in a press release.

SiFi Networks to build FTTH network for Pacific Grove, CA

April 20, 2014

SiFi Networks says it has signed an agreement to build an open access fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Pacific Grove, CA. The proposed network will be capable of delivering 1-Gbps services.

Sky, TalkTalk, CityFibre partner for 1-Gbps FTTH in York

April 15, 2014

UK service providers Sky and TalkTalk and fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure company CityFibre say they will create a new company that will deliver 1-Gbps broadband services in the City of York, as well as two other locations that they will reveal later.

G.fast 'a giant step away from DSL' says Broadband Forum CEO

April 14, 2014

G.fast, the latest specification set for copper-based broadband access delivery, will play a major role in European networks, said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, in a speech delivered last Tuesday ahead of the Fixed Access Networks Summit in Berlin.

AT&T negotiates for 1-Gbps FTTH in North Carolina

April 11, 2014

Having announced its intention to deliver 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) in Austin, TX (see “AT&T to launch 1-Gbps FTTH in Austin”), AT&T indicates it hopes to do the same in the Research Triangle and Piedmont areas of North Carolina. The Tier 1 service provider says it is in “advanced discussions” with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to create networks that would help it deliver its U-verse triple-play services, including its 1-Gbps GigaPower Internet access service.

Government shifts Australia’s National Broadband Network away from FTTH

April 10, 2014

As expected after a coalition led by the Liberal National Party won control of the national government in last September’s general elections, Australia’s Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann have instructed the company responsible for construction of the country’s National Broadband Network to switch the program’s fixed-line technology emphasis from fiber to the premises (FTTP) to a mix of approaches. The change will include the use of fiber to the node (FTTN) rather than FTTP in most instances.

eircom taps Huawei for VDSL vectoring rollout

April 10, 2014

Following the news that it has switched on vectoring on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network, Irish incumbent eircom has revealed that the supplier is Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Forty million new broadband subscribers in 2013 says Broadband Forum

April 10, 2014

Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV adoption, published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by market research firm Point Topic, show a steady growth in broadband subscribers but slowing as older markets reach saturation. The figures highlight the addition of over 40 million new users, an annual increase of 6.15%, bringing the total number of broadband lines up to 678.5 million worldwide.

FTTH Council Asia-Pacific endorses Light Brigade for FTTx training

April 2, 2014

Light Brigade, the education and training division of AFL, says that the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific has endorsed its “FTTx for Installers and Technicians” training program. The course is the first to pass the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific’s new endorsement procedure that aims to improve fiber-to-the-home (FTTx) training in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

m2fx intros ADSS fiber cable for aerial FTTH deployment

April 1, 2014

m2fx Ltd. has launched a new all dielectric self supporting (ADSS) fiber-optic cable that it says can reduce the cost of last-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments using aerial cable.

Etisalat to trial 40G GPON technology from Huawei

March 31, 2014

Etisalat Group and Chine-based optical systems manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. report they have signed an agreement to test 40-Gbps GPON technology across Etisalat's footprint in the United Arab Emirates.

China Mobile awards Alcatel-Lucent $1 billion contract

March 31, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile (CMCC), the world’s largest mobile operator, have signed a one-year comprehensive frame agreement valued at up to €750 million ($1 billion) to provide technology that will move the world’s largest mobile service provider to an all-IP ultra-broadband network. The agreement includes IP networking and 4G TD-LTE technology, as well as optical transport and fiber to the home (FTTH) systems.

Calix offers consulting services

March 25, 2014

Broadband access equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has added consulting services to its portfolio. The company announced a pair of services, Analytics and Catalyst, designed to help service providers leverage Calix’s Compass software applications.

eircom turns on vectoring to support 100-Mbps broadband speeds

March 25, 2014

Irish incumbent telco eircom has confirmed that it will a deploy vectoring on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network to enable broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Clearfield reduces deployment cost with SmartRoute panel

March 25, 2014

Fiber management and connectivity specialist Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has launched SmartRoute spooling technology, which it says is an innovative fiber management design that houses connectors, cable assembly, and slack storage in a single unit. The SmartRoute Panel, with dual SmartRoute spools deployed, integrates intra-facility fiber cable (IFC) and outside plant (OSP) cable assemblies in a single 1RU-high panel.

Gigaclear names next villages in FTTP roll out

March 24, 2014

Fiber-optic broadband provider Gigaclear Ltd. has confirmed that Otmoor in Oxfordshire, UK, will be next on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) carrier’s deployment list. The roll out comprises 700 properties across six of the Otmoor villages, which include Beckley, Elsfield, Horton cum Studley, Noke, Stanton St. John, and Woodeaton.

Molex intros FlexiBend MPO MTP flexible-boot cable assemblies

March 24, 2014

Molex Inc. (NASDAQ:MOLX) has introduced its FlexiBend MPO/MTP flexible-boot fiber cable assemblies, which are designed to optimize fiber-optic cable routing and support low-profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight-style bend-limiting boots.

EMCORE unveils Medallion Series CATV amplifiers

March 20, 2014

EMCORE Corp. (NASDAQ: EMKR) has introduced the Medallion 7000 Series erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for cable television (CATV) applications. These new EDFAs extend EMCORE's Medallion series rack-mount CATV transmitter portfolio; the company says the EDFAs feature the exceptionally low noise and superior output power stability demanded by CATV operators for modern hybrid fiber coax (HFC) topologies and fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) networks.

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