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Zhone supplies FTTP gear for South African smart city

August 1, 2014

FTTx equipment vendor Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says it has supplied its MXK 819 platform to support both GPON and Active Ethernet deployments in a smart city application in Cape Town, South Africa. Century City Connect is using the platform, as well as customer premises equipment from Zhone, to create and operate an open access network in the city.

Swisscom surpasses 1 million homes connected to ultrafast broadband

July 31, 2014

Swisscom says it has connected more than a million homes and businesses in Switzerland to ultra-fast broadband – delivering download speeds of 100 Mbps or better – using a mixture of fiber-optic broadband technologies.

Digging deep: The secrets behind successful fiber-optic project management

July 29, 2014

By Allen Powell, S&N Communications -- This article will focus on what actions you, as a municipality or project manager, can take to ensure a successful fiber-optics installation project. Specifically, we’ll take a close look at what should happen behind the scenes before you hire a fiber-optics infrastructure construction company and best practices to pursue to ensure maximum effectiveness and cost savings for your next project.

Cortina Systems, Oliver Solutions demo DPoE interoperability for 10G-EPON

July 29, 2014

Cortina Systems, Inc. has joined forces with Oliver Solutions Ltd., a provider of software-defined network (SDN)/network functions virtualization (NFV) based management software for access networks, to create a chip-level interoperability demonstration of symmetric 10G-EPON devices based on DOCSIS provisioning of EPON (DPoE) specifications at CableLabs.

AT&T launches U-verse with GigaPower in Dallas/Fort Worth

July 28, 2014

This summer AT&T says it will begin lighting up Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding Texas cities with U-verse with AT&T GigaPower, its symmetrical 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service.

Vodafone cuts Spanish FTTH investment targets following Ono buy

July 28, 2014

Vodafone Group revealed that Vodafone Spain and Orange Spain have amended their agreement to co-invest in fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) to 3 million homes and businesses across Spain by September 2015.

ZTE, TIM Brasil establish broadband innovation center

July 28, 2014

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK/A: 000063.SZ) says it has signed an agreement with TIM Brasil to set up a joint laboratory and innovation center in Brazil to spearhead research into next-generation broadband technologies.

DASAN Networks lands FTTH contract with Viettel in Vietnam

July 28, 2014

Viettel, the largest telecom operator in Vietnam, has selected South Korean network equipment provider DASAN Networks to supply the equipment for a fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure that Viettel will use to provide high-speed Internet throughout Vietnam starting this year. The deal is worth $18 million, DASAN says, and calls for the company to deliver GPON systems over a four-month period ending this November. Further orders for GPON FTTH equipment will be forthcoming, DASAN expects.

Vodafone to share fiber with Portugal Telecom

July 22, 2014

Vodafone Group says that Vodafone Portugal and Portugal Telecom have signed an agreement to deploy and share fiber-optic networks reaching 900,000 homes in Portugal.

Verizon boosts FiOS upload speeds to offer symmetrical FTTH services

July 21, 2014

Verizon says that it will offer symmetrical download and upload speeds to all qualifying FiOS customers. Starting today, qualifying Verizon residential customers will see their upstream rates increased to match their existing downstream speeds on their fiber to the home (FTTH) enabled services at no charge.

Bell Aliant extends FTTH in Quebec

July 21, 2014

Bell Aliant Inc. (TSX: BA) says it will spend approximately CAN$70 million to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) technology to connect 125,000 premises in seven Quebec communities. The build follows successful deployment of the company’s FTTH-based FibreOP services in Quebec City.

Telefónica deploys FTTH using FastConnect from Huawei

July 18, 2014

Spanish operator Telefónica has entered into a joint development agreement with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. to deploy fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) equipment, including Huawei’s FastConnect system.

Anritsu wins major optical fiber test equipment contract with BT

July 17, 2014

Anritsu Co.  says it has concluded a contract with Openreach, BT’s access network division, for the supply of fiber optic test equipment to support the deployment of high-speed fiber-optic networks.

Zhone, Fujitsu to build FTTH network for Kit Carson Electric

July 14, 2014

Fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) systems supplier Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has partnered with Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., in the development of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network for Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC), which will enable gigabit broadband services for rural counties in Northern New Mexico.

Monitoring fiber access links

July 10, 2014

Access link monitoring can bring new reliability to optical access networks, unlocking a variety of new services.

Greenlee Communications launches FI-100 fiber identifier

July 10, 2014

Professional tool provider Greenlee Communications has released the new FI-100 Fiber Identifier, designed to quickly and efficiently measure the presence and direction of traffic in fiber-optic cables and display the approximate core power on the seven-segment display.

Bell Labs demos aggregate 10 Gbps via G.fast variant

July 9, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says its Bell Labs research group has demonstrated aggregate 10-Gbps transmission across 30 m of copper plant using a prototype variant of the G.fast technology currently the subject of ITU-T standardization. The lab demonstration points to the potential of G.fast and its variants to enable carriers to match fiber to the home (FTTH) speeds using already installed copper cabling.

Grande Communications leverages Calix DOCSIS over GPON for Austin gigabit services

July 8, 2014

With a 1-Gbps offering quickly becoming table stakes in Austin, TX, local cable operator Grande Communications has announced its own 1-Gbps offering in West Austin. Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has just revealed that it has supplied its E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs), and its Compass Open Link Cable software to support the deployment using a combination of GPON technology and DOCSIS provisioning.

ESB, Vodafone team for Irish FTTB network

July 3, 2014

Project Leap brings gigabit broadband to Dublin City

July 3, 2014

Magnet Networks, an Internet service provider with operations in the UK and Ireland, has equipped 120 apartments in the Dublin suburb of Stillorgan with gigabit fiber-optic broadband connections as part of a wider experiment to see what people will do with such speeds.

Oplink hopes WiseHome a smart move in home automation

July 2, 2014

Oplink Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPLK), a provider of optical communication components and subsystems, entered the consumer market with two do-it-yourself home security systems last year, and is now expanding into home automation.

Legrand launches new brand, field installable connector

July 1, 2014

Legrand, a specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructure, has renamed its complete fiber connectivity product series to Infinium. The products and systems portfolio ranges from high-density fiber modules, field installable connectors, cassettes, and adapters to patch cords and harnesses, as well as fiber enclosures and trunk cables.

Light Brigade to offer FTTx certification course at Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit

June 30, 2014

Light Brigade, the education and training arm of AFL, has announced it will offer its “FTTx for Installers and Technicians” course at the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit, July 14-16 in Austin, TX (see www.lightwavesummit.com).

NBN Co, Telstra reach FTTN deal

June 30, 2014

The Australian Government’s plan to transform the National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative from a fiber to the home (FTTH) focus to one based on fiber to the node (FTTN) took a major step forward with the announcement that NBN Co, the organization responsible for rolling out the NBN, has reached an agreement with Telstra for FTTN construction. The deal will see FTTN deployed to approximately 200,000 homes and businesses across the country, the two parties say.

CableLabs tackles DOCSIS over GPON, single PON standard

June 25, 2014

CableLabs, the non-profit research and development consortium that develops technology specifications for the cable MSO space, has launched an initiative to create a GPON version of its DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON specifications. The organization also has embarked on a perhaps quixotic quest to spark the creation of a single PON standard that would combine the strengths of GPON and EPON.

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