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ASSIA, BT bury DSL patent litigation hatchet

July 29, 2015

DSL and fiber-optic network management software company ASSIA and British Telecommunications (BT) have called a cease fire in their international patent war. The companies, at odds over whether BT infringed on ASSIA patents related to DSL management (and vice versa), have agreed to end the dispute and cross-license each other's patented intellectual property.

Cox brings G1GABLAST gigabit Internet service to Louisiana

July 24, 2015

Cox Communications says it will offer its G1GABLAST gigabit Internet service to three locations in Louisiana. The deployments are more rifle shots than shotgun blasts...

Alcatel-Lucent, Vodafone tout TWDM-PON field trial

July 24, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and Vodafone have partnered on a field trial of the systems house's Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Passive Optical Network (TWDM-PON) fiber-optic broadband technology. The activity is the first field trial of TWDM-PON in Europe, the testers assert.

CRTC rules Canadian carriers must share FTTH infrastructure

July 23, 2015

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the country's primary telecommunications regulatory authority, ruled July 22 that incumbent carriers must share their fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure with other carriers on a wholesale services basis. The move paves the way for increased competition in high-speed fiber-optic broadband services, the CRTC believes – and less investment in FTTH, critics assert.

Cisco sells set-top box business to Technicolor

July 23, 2015

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has agreed to sell its customer premises equipment (CPE) business for cash and stock totaling €550 million (or $600 million equivalent) to French firm Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY). The companies have also agreed to collaborate on video and broadband technology and services.

Prysmian expands optical fiber plant in Brazil

July 23, 2015

Fiber and cable provider Prysmian Group says it has begun operations in a newly expanded optical fiber production facility in Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil. The expansion is part of a five-year, €100 million plan that runs through 2016 aimed at boosting the company's market share and production capacity for fiber-optic network products.

FCC chairman approves AT&T's DirecTV acquisition with conditions

July 22, 2015

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) appears on the verge of receiving federal regulatory approval for its proposed acquisition of DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV). Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Thomas Wheeler confirmed late yesterday that he has circulated an order recommending approval of the deal, as long as certain conditions are met. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has signaled its approval as well.

AT&T launches GigaPower FTTP in Greensboro, Durham

July 20, 2015

AT&T has expanded the North Carolina footprint of its 1-Gbps U-verse with AT&T GigaPower fiber to the premises (FTTP) offering by initiating service in parts of Greensboro and Durham. Parts of surrounding communities of both markets also can receive the FTTP services.

KKR to buy stake in FTTH provider Deutsche Glasfaser

July 20, 2015

Investment firm KKR says it has reached an agreement with Dutch counterpart Reggeborgh to acquire a majority stake in the latter's Deutsche Glasfaser, which constructs and operates fiber to the home (FTTH) networks in Germany. The agreement includes a joint investment of €450 million ($488.4 million) to fund additional fiber-optic network infrastructure in Germany "over the next few years," in the words of a press release.

Greenlee Communications, Sherman+Reilly offer fiber drop cable installation system

July 20, 2015

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) companies Greenlee Communications and Sherman+Reilly have teamed to market the ULTIMAZ Point-to-Point (P2P) Hybrid Fiber Drop Installation System. The system combines air and push deployment for installation of fiber cable from 50 to 1,200 feet in both inside and outside plant (OSP) applications.

Telnet Redes offers interoperable GPON ONT

July 16, 2015

Spanish intelligent network technology supplier Telnet Redes Inteligentes has unveiled its latest GPON optical network terminal (ONT), the WaveAccess 3021. The GPON ONT features an integrated gateway and provides interoperability with a variety of optical line terminals (OLTs, including, of course, TELNET's) to provide fiber to the home (FTTH) service providers greater flexibility.

Zhone offers indoor GPON ONT for triple-play via passive optical LAN

July 14, 2015

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has expanded its portfolio for passive optical LANs with a pair of new indoor GPON optical network terminals (ONTs). The 2625p and 2645p GPON ONTs support both RF video and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to supply triple-play services via passive optical LAN in such multi-room deployments as hotels, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and university dorms.

EATEL brings GIG 1-Gbps FTTH to Louisiana

July 14, 2015

Louisiana service provider EATEL has launched its GIG Internet service in "select areas" of its home parishes, Ascension and Livingston. The symmetrical 1-Gbps service leverages EATEL's fiber to the home (FTTH) network.

Comcast markets 2-Gbps Gigabit Pro in seven states

July 13, 2015

Better late than never, Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) has officially put its 2-Gbps Gigabit Pro fiber-optic broadband service on offer in 37 markets across seven states. A new website states that customers in those markets will pay $299 a month for the service.

Suddenlink offer 1-Gbps broadband via DOCSIS 3.0

July 13, 2015

Cable operator Suddenlink has made good on its promise to step up to gigabit broadband service provision. The company last week announced it has begun to market 1-Gbps broadband in Bryan-College Station, TX; Nixa, MO; and Greenville and Rocky Mount, NC. Rather than using fiber to the home (FTTH), however, Suddenlink is leveraging DOCSIS 3.0 technology according to media reports, such as this one from Multichannel News.

First quarter 2015 broadband CPE revenues, units gain versus year ago

July 13, 2015

Makers of broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) saw good news in the first quarter of 2015 – as long as they looked back far enough for a frame of reference, says a new report from IHS (NYSE: IHS). Compared to the year-ago quarter, revenues in 1Q15 climbed 3% and shipments rose 9%. Sequentially, however, revenue shrank 2% to $2.8 billion on flat unit shipments of 54 million, according to the market research firm.

Clearfield shipping FieldSmart Makwa FTTH Fiber Distribution Hub

July 9, 2015

Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) announced last week during the FTTH Connect conference and exposition in Anaheim that it has begun to ship its FieldSmart Makwa Fiber Distribution Hub. Announced this past March, the Makwa FDH is designed to be installed below ground as well as above ground. It also leverages a new generation of the company's ClearView Cassette technology.

FTTH adds 3.1% to home values says study

July 7, 2015

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas last week at its FTTH Connect 2015 conference released results of a study that indicates a gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) connection can add up to 3.1% to the value of a home. That equates to an extra $5,437 on a typical home.

Alcatel-Lucent wins Broadband China framework deals with China Mobile and China Unicom

July 6, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it has signed wide-ranging frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom to supply a variety of systems and technology to meet Broadband China targets. The deal with China Mobile is worth RMB4.53 billion ($729.9 million) and the agreement with China Unicom is worth RMB3.59 billion ($578.4 million).

Furukawa Electric, OFS offer FITEL NINJA Fusion Splicer for FTTH networks

July 6, 2015

Furukawa Electric and OFS used last week's FTTH Connect conference in Anaheim to unveil the FITEL NINJA NJ001 handheld fusion splicer to the Americas market. The fusion splicer, aimed at fiber to the home (FTTH) applications, offers a detachable V-groove for easier cleaning, along with other ease-of-use features.

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