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WDM-PON field trial in Austria supports gigabit broadband

January 23, 2014

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) says it has partnered with Energie AG Oberösterreich Data GmbH and ELCON Systemtechnik GmbH in a WDM-PON trial in Austria. The trial is designed to assess WDM-PON technology for next-generation residential broadband access by using the technology to offer uncontended gigabit connectivity to residential subscribers.

IP UtiliNET uses Zhone FiberLAN passive optical LAN to support network security

January 16, 2014

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that IP UtiliNET, LLC will use the FTTx equipment developer’s MXK and zNID-GPON systems in their passive optical LAN configurations to support enhanced campus security offerings for its customer, Club Entrepreneur (Club E) Atlanta. Deployment of the PON equipment, which includes Zhone's MXK-194, zNID-GPON-2624P, and zNID-GPON-2628P, will reduce costs from an acquisition and operations perspective, Zhone adds.

IEEE looks into EPON beyond 10 Gbps

January 15, 2014

The IEEE says it will investigate requirements for the next generation of EPON through an IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections activity. The initiative will attempt to measure the need to support data rates beyond the current top speed of 10 Gbps.

M2 Optics unveils customizable optical switching device

January 13, 2014

Test and measurement specialist M2 Optics, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of SWITCHLIGHT, which it describes as a multi-functional optical networking device designed for service provider, data center, enterprise, and government applications.

Israel's Bezeq taps Alcatel-Lucent for VDSL2 vectoring technology

December 16, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it is providing VDSL2 vectoring equipment to Israel’s Bezeq to help the operator enhance and upgrade the capabilities of its national broadband access network serving 1.2 million subscribers.

ITU expects standard to be finalized by April 2014

December 12, 2013

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says that the physical-layer protocol aspects of – which is expected to be the technology that brings the ability to support 500 Mbps or more to copper-based broadband access networks – have reached the stability required to initiate the standard’s approval procedure.

AT&T launches 300 Mbps U-verse in Austin with 1 Gbps on the way

December 12, 2013

Attempting to beat Google Fiber to the punch, AT&T (NYSE:T) has launched its fiber to the home (FTTH) based GigaPower U-verse service in Austin, TX. AT&T initially will offer 300 Mbps downstream speeds via GigaPower, with an eye towards offering 1 Gbps next year. However, the local government may pass new local ordinances that will force AT&T to help its rival catch up.

C Spire opens FTTH pre-registration

December 8, 2013

C Spire has opened the next round of its 1-Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative and is accepting preregistrations from citizens in nine Mississippi communities.

BT infringed on ASSIA DSL patent rules UK High Court

December 3, 2013

DSL technology provider ASSIA Inc. says it has convinced the High Court of Justice in London that British Telecom (BT) has infringed on one of its DSL management patents.

Telecom Italia signs €61M broadband agreement in Sicily

December 2, 2013

Invitalia, Telecom Italia, and Italtel have signed a development agreement worth more than €61 million ($82.6 million) to extend and improve the broadband network and services in Sicily.

eircom expands planned broadband fiber roll out

December 2, 2013

Irish national carrier eircom says it will increase the number of homes and businesses it plans to pass with its national fiber rollout from 1.2 million to 1.4 million. The increase brings the percentage of Irish premises eircom expects to pass by July 2016 to 70% by adding 562 communities across all of the country’s 26 counties.

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November 26, 2013

AT&T brings fiber to more than 600 Nevada businesses

November 26, 2013

AT&T says it has "lit up" 32 multi-tenant office buildings across the state of Nevada, making fiber-optic broadband services available to more than 600 business customer locations.

Interview with Andre Kriger -- FTTXcellence Award winner fibers Brazil

November 26, 2013

With both the World Cup and Olympics coming to Brazil, the country's service providers are furiously constructing new infrastructure to meet the anticipated needs of both citizens and visitors.

Cable MSOs ponder PON

November 26, 2013

The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is annually the best place to get a reading on what technologies cable operators in the U.S. plan to deploy in their networks.

Competition, regulation boost FTTx growth in Latin America

November 25, 2013

A combination of supply-push and demand-pull will boost the embryonic fiber broadband market in Latin America from 2.2 million accounts in 2013 to 11.8 million accounts in 2018, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade Tonami's HFC network to FTTH

November 21, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it will upgrade the access network of Japanese cable operator Tonami Satellite Communications Television to become a 100% fiber-optic network infrastructure.

Allied Telesis provides FTTH to U.S. service personnel in Japan

November 19, 2013

Networking vendor Allied Telesis Capital Corp. says it is delivering Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to service members in their residences at Japan’s Misawa Air Base using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology.

AT&T fibers 16,000-plus San Francisco businesses

November 18, 2013

AT&T says it is "lighting up businesses at an impressive pace" in the San Francisco metro area, where service crews have installed fiber-optic connections to an additional 450-plus multi-tenant office buildings. The new connections will bring fiber-optic broadband services to more than 16,000 business customer locations.

Zhone debuts zNID FiberJACK wall-mount ONT for passive optical LANs

November 13, 2013

AFL offers sub-unitized premises MicroCore 2.0 fiber-optic cable

November 12, 2013

AFL has unveiled MicroCore 2.0, its next generation of high-performance sub-unitized cables. The standards-compliant 2.0-mm sub-cables are designed for high-density infrastructures that require space savings for fiber management. The sub-unitized fiber cable supports both direct termination and single fiber architectures.

Swisscom launches 1-Gbps broadband services

November 12, 2013

Swisscom’s residential customers have joined the elite group of consumers around the world that can browse the Internet at the ultra-fast speed of 1 Gbps. Following a trial in September, the Swiss incumbent has moved to a full product launch (see “Swisscom FTTx plans include 1-Gbps services”).

Survey says: BT superfast broadband boosts Cornish businesses

November 12, 2013

Cornwall’s new fiber-optic broadband network has now passed 206,000 homes and businesses – 82% of the total in the county – making it one of the best connected areas in Britain and the best connected rural region in Europe, according to BT. The UK operator is rolling out fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in a project jointly funded by BT, the EU, and Cornwall Council (see “BT launches FTTP project in Cornwall”).

LiveAir Networks to bring gigabit Internet to Texas via FTTH

November 11, 2013

Texas-based Internet service provider LiveAir Networks says it is planning to light up new fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in Bastrop and Fayette counties in December. The networks will support 1-Gbps services via the FTTH infrastructure