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Lantiq intros 300-Mbps capable FTTdp chipset

October 2, 2014

Broadband access and home networking semiconductor vendor Lantiq has announced commercial availability of VINAX dp, a chipset optimized for fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) applications.

Light Brigade expands fiber-optic training offerings in Canada

October 1, 2014

Light Brigade, the education and training unit of AFL, will increase its slate of fiber-optic training sessions in Canada to 13 next year. The sessions will include several of the company’s more popular courses, including "Fiber Optics 1-2-3," "Advanced Hands-on Training," "FTTx for Installers and Technicians," "Fiber Optics for Oil/Gas," "Fiber Optics for Mining Applications," and "Fiber Optics for ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm, and Communication Systems."

Ikanos attracts Alcatel-Lucent as a strategic investor

September 30, 2014

Broadband communications semiconductor and software supplier Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) has announced a new $16.25 million round of funding that includes both Tallwood Venture Capital, the company’s largest existing investor, as well as a new strategic investor, Alcatel-Lucent (EURONEXT PARIS: ALU; NYSE: ALU). The relationship with the systems house extends beyond financing to include co-development of “ultra-broadband” products.

GVTC switches on gigabit Internet in San Antonio area

September 30, 2014

GVTC Communications says that residential and business customers in the San Antonio area now have access to 1-Gbps broadband access network speeds and claims it is among the first to deliver gigabit speeds across such a vast region.

Telefónica signs broad R&D agreement with Huawei

September 29, 2014

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has deepened its relationship with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The pair have signed an agreement to develop areas of common interest that could lead to "the transformation of the digital environment."

BT says trials prove gigabit potential of G.fast technology

September 29, 2014

BT has completed field trials to show that "ultrafast" broadband – with combined downstream and upstream speeds of up to 1 Gbps – can be delivered via a mix of copper and fiber-optic cable.

2014 FTTXcellence Award winner helps AT&T power 1 Gbps

September 17, 2014

AT&T has stepped up to the challenge of providing high-speed fiber-optic broadband services with its 1-Gbps AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service. Part of the service provider's Project Velocity IP (VIP) effort, the brownfield fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments began in Austin, TX.

Connecticut communities combine for gigabit broadband RFQ

September 15, 2014

The mayors of New Haven, Stamford, and West Hartford, CT, along with state officials, have announced a joint request for qualifications (RFQ) for the development and provision of gigabit broadband networks. They’ve also invited other state communities to join the party.

Ikanos, Sumitomo Electric team for Japanese broadband

September 15, 2014

Communications IC developer Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) says that it will supply its access and gateway chipsets, including the Fusiv gateway processor, to Sumitomo Electric to support broadband service deployment in Japan.

Kentucky muni network goes gigabit with Calix FTTP gear

September 15, 2014

Broadband access network equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it has provided its Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) to EPB SmartNet, a municipally owned fiber to the premises (FTTP) network in Russellville, KY. EPB SmartNet is using the equipment to become the first provider in Kentucky to offer 1-Gbps fiber-optic broadband services.

ZTE to build FTTx network for Entel in Bolivia

September 15, 2014

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it is the exclusive winner for the tender from Bolivian operator Entel S.A. to build the first large-scale fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) network in the country. Covering all four of the nation’s regions, the new fiber-optic network will offer fast broadband connectivity to consumers and businesses across the country.

VDSL, GPON spark 2Q14 access gear shipment growth says Dell'Oro

September 10, 2014

Shipments of broadband access equipment, including PON, DSL, and equipment for cable MSO networks, grew 12% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014, according to a new report from Dell’Oro Group. The market research firm says sales of VDSL and GPON equipment led the way.

NTS launches gigabit Internet service in Texas

September 9, 2014

NTS, Inc. has launched 1-Gbps Internet service in Plainview, TX, where its fiber to the premises network provides the fastest speed in the region, it claims.

FCC Chairman Wheeler finds broadband competition lacking

September 8, 2014

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler called for more competition among broadband service providers in an address at a Washington, DC, tech company incubator September 4. He called for an “Agenda for Broadband Competition” that would establish broad principals to encourage more choice for broadband consumers.

Calix GigaCenters enable carrier-class home Wi-Fi

September 3, 2014

Broadband access network equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has unveiled the GigaCenter line of premises service delivery platforms. The units, which combine the functions of an optical network terminal (ONT) and wireless router, combine IEEE 802.11ac "wave 2" 5-GHz-band Wi-Fi and 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) technology with beamforming capabilities to support delivery of multiple hundreds of megabits – and perhaps symmetrical 1 Gbps – to multiple devices in a home, apartment, small business, and other customer premises.

CityFibre plans gigabit network in Aberdeen

September 3, 2014

UK network infrastructure provider CityFibre Ltd. says it plans to build a city-wide fiber-optic network in Aberdeen, thus creating Scotland’s first Gigabit City.

NWTA picks ADTRAN to support FTTH program

September 3, 2014

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) says the Northwest Telecommunications Association (NWTA) is using its Total Access 5000 platform to advance fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiatives in nearly 400 communities throughout Oregon and Washington.

ADTRAN targets gigabit MDU connections via FTTH, G.fast

August 28, 2014

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) has continued a run of broadband technology and deployment announcements with by releasing its near-term vision for gigabit services support for multiple-dwelling units (MDUs). The company says it will support both pure-play fiber to the living unit via conventional fiber to the home (FTTH) approaches, as well as G.fast-enabled fiber to the building (FTTB).

Active Broadband Networks offers SDN gateway for FTTH

August 28, 2014

Active Broadband Networks has announced what it asserts is the first “Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway (SD-BNG).” The platform implements software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) technologies that the company says will reduce the cost and complexity of broadband service delivery.

Valdor expands into Mexico with joint venture

August 26, 2014

Valdor Technology International Inc. (TSX-V: VTI) (OTC: VTIFF) reports that it has signed a letter of intent for a joint venture with Inteligencia e Infraestructura En America S.A.

Pelican Bay, FL, opts for ADTRAN FTTH equipment

August 25, 2014

Pelican Bay, FL, has chosen ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) to supply equipment to support construction of a gigabit fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network, the systems provider says.

Cincinnati Bell joins gigabit FTTH ranks

August 21, 2014

Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB) says it will launch gigabit services under its Fioptics brand to consumer customers on September 8. The residential services offering follows the introduction of similar services to business earlier this year.

ADTRAN unveils micro optical network terminals for gigabit FTTH

August 21, 2014

As part of an overall effort to support the current wave of gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments, ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) has unveiled a series of micro optical network terminals (μONTs) designed to eliminate truck rolls and simplify installations and upgrades.

Broadband binge drives 2Q14 aggregation equipment sales past $2 billion says Infonetics

August 21, 2014

Interest in GPON and VDSL2 vectoring and gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) in North America pushed worldwide sales of broadband aggregation equipment to $2.1 billion in the second quarter of 2014, according to Infonetics Research. The market research firm reports in its upcoming 2Q14 "PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers" report due August 29 that broadband aggregation equipment sales grew 17% sequentially and 19% year-over-year.

Huawei, Rostelecom collaborate on FTTH distribution boxes

August 19, 2014

Huawei says it has collaborated with Russian service provider Rostelecom to develop floor distribution boxes (FDBs) for use in Rostelecom’s flexible fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments. The FDBs will help improve the efficiency of the operator’s FTTH deployments, particularly in sparsely populated areas, Huawei says.

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