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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.

3M Easy Cleaver speeds fiber connectorization

June 25, 2014

3M used this week’s FTTH Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to launch the Easy Cleaver. As the name implies, the new cleaver is meant to accelerate and simplify fiber connectorization, specifically with 3M fiber-optic connectors that use flat endfaces.

Sandy, OR, leverages OFS Professional Services for FTTP network

June 24, 2014

Optical infrastructure provider OFS says its Professional Services organization will aid the City of Sandy, OR, with a fiber to the premises (FTTP) deployment that will serve the community’s homes, businesses, and anchor institutions. The network build will use the OFS FOX Solution for Home and Business.

Gigabit FTTH arriving in Longmont, CO

June 24, 2014

Broadband access network technology provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it will supply its E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), 836GE Residential Services Gateways (SG), and 700GE family of indoor optical network terminals (ONTs) to the City of Longmont, CO, and muni electric and broadband utility Longmont Power & Communications (LPC). LPC will use the equipment for a fiber to the home (FTTH) network that will support 1-Gbps services.

AT&T construction and engineering exec wins 2014 FTTXcellence Award

June 24, 2014

Gary Kerr, assistant vice president of construction and engineering for AT&T’s Southwest region, received the 11th Annual FTTXcellence Award during the opening general session of the FTTH Council America’s FTTH Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Kerr was cited for his role in AT&T’s decision to offer 1-Gbps services using fiber to the home (FTTH).

1-Gbps FTTH agreements keep coming for AT&T in North Carolina

June 22, 2014

Having announced successful negotiations with the city of Winston-Salem for provision of its 1-Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service (see "Gigabit FTTH agreement reached by AT&T, Winston-Salem officials"), AT&T has announced similar agreements with local officials in Durham, Raleigh, and Cary, NC. All four municipalities, members of the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), will see AT&T provide its 1-Gbps service via a fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure.

GVTC, Calix launch GigaRegion FTTH service in Texas

June 19, 2014

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that GVTC Communications has deployed the Calix E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) for the GVTC GigaRegion project in the cities of Boerne, Bulverde, and Gonzales, Texas.

Loma Linda, CA deploys citywide FTTP network with m2fx pushable fiber cable

June 12, 2014

Pushable fiber-optic cable technology developer m2fx Ltd. says its products have helped the City of Loma Linda, CA, to significantly reduce the installation time and cost of its city-wide fiber to the premises (FTTP) network.

MNC Kabel Mediacom picks ZTE for FTTP network in Indonesia

June 12, 2014

Indonesian operator MNC Kabel Mediacom is using fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and GPON equipment from ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) to provide connection speeds of up to 200 Mbps and a more interactive online experience to subscribers, the vendor reports.

Gigabit FTTH agreement reached by AT&T, Winston-Salem officials

June 12, 2014

AT&T announced that city officials in Winston-Salem, NC, ratified an agreement that will clear the way for AT&T to offer its 1-Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service via a fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

CityFibre raises £30M, buys Coventry metro network

June 5, 2014

UK infrastructure provider CityFibre Ltd. has completed the acquisition of Coventry’s 140-km metropolitan fiber-optic network as part of a strategic partnership with Coventry City Council. The acquisition comes on the heels of CityFibre closing a new £30 million ($50.4 million) round of funding.

Blue Valley builds FTTH network in rural Kansas with ADTRAN

June 5, 2014

Blue Valley Tele-Communications (BVTC) is upgrading its fiber-optic network in 17 communities in northeastern Kansas via equipment from ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADTN). The fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment will secure the economic future of nearly 7500 residential and business customers in the area, the equipment provider asserts.

FairPoint brings 100-Mbps broadband speeds to southern New Hampshire

June 5, 2014

FairPoint Communications (NASDAQ: FRP) says it can now offer 100-Mbps downstream and 75-Mbps upstream rates to more than 58,000 local businesses and residential customers in eight southern New Hampshire communities, thanks to a recent upgrade of its fiber-optic network.

AT&T updates trends, guidance ahead of 2Q14 report

June 3, 2014

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) reports the results of the second quarter of 2014 on July 23. But the Tier 1 carrier decided it couldn’t wait that long to talk about what it sees as several positive trends touching its Project VIP network investment plan, wireless services, and full-year 2014 revenue guidance.

TDS adds Hollis, NH, to gigabit FTTH roster

May 29, 2014

Service provider TDS Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., has launched a 1-Gbps Internet service in Hollis, NH (a stone’s throw from Lightwave world headquarters in Nashua, NH, and just across the border with Massachusetts). The service, called 1Gig, leverages a GPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure built with the E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) from Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX), according to the FTTx equipment provider. Actiontec, meanwhile, announced that it will supply its T2200H Universal Broadband Gateway as the preferred customer premises equipment (CPE).

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