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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).

'Broadband for all' target achieved says EU

May 29, 2014

The European Commission says it has achieved the objective of delivering basic broadband coverage to all by 2013, and is making good progress on other targets outlined in the Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE). However, roll out of high-speed broadband in rural areas still lags behind.

Rock Hill, SC, to get FTTP-based gigabit broadband

May 28, 2014

Network equipment provider ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) says it is supplying its Total Access 5004 multiservice platform to broadband services provider Comporium to enable delivery of 1-Gbps services in Rock Hill, SC. Comporium has partnered with the City of Rock Hill, Winthrop University, and other community entities to create a “Knowledge Park” as part of a community economic development project. The project will use a variety of fiber-optic network technologies, ADTRAN sources say.

Cox outlines gigabit broadband plans

May 27, 2014

U.S. cable MSO Cox Communications said May 22 that it plans to offer 1-Gbps download speeds in Phoenix, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, and Omaha, NE. The high-speed broadband service would begin to be available in at least some neighborhoods within the three cities by the end of 2016, Cox said.

Zhone, Qypsys deliver fiber-optic broadband to tech-savvy California community

May 27, 2014

FTTx equipment supplier Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) and systems integrator Qypsys have completed a fiber-based access network deployment with Fuller Apartment Homes, Inc. at its 224-unit Park Square complex at Seven Oaks, an upscale apartment community currently under construction in Southwest Bakersfield, CA.

Bolt Fiber Optic Services adds 1-Gbps FTTH with GPON gear from Alcatel-Lucent

May 27, 2014

Bolt Fiber Optic Services, the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) based communications subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, has upgraded its fiber-optic network to support 1-Gbps downstream speeds with GPON equipment from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), the systems provider announced.

Aurora Networks, Telefunken Communications partner on FTTH in Germany

May 22, 2014

Telefunken Communications AG, a German fiber-optic network provider, says it has partnered with Aurora Networks to launch new fast Internet services in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany via a fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure.

AT&T to buy DIRECTV for $48.5 billion

May 19, 2014

Thwarted in its pursuit of T-Mobile and with the potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger in mind, AT&T (NYSE:T) has reached an agreement with DIRECTV (NASDAQ:DTV) to buy the satellite television provider in a stock-and-cash transaction worth $48.5 billion -- $67.1 billion if DIRECTV’s net debt is included. While the boards of both companies have unanimously approved the deal, regulatory authorities are likely to prove less enthusiastic.

Broadband CPE shipments will reach 154.8M units in 2019 says ABI Research

May 19, 2014

Worldwide shipments of broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) surpassed 146 million in 2013, according to the latest data from ABI Research. Net additions to the number of broadband subscribers as well as upgrades for existing customers will continue to drive the shipment of broadband CPE devices, which will reach 154.8 million units in 2019, the market research firm says.

C Spire launches 1-Gbps FTTH network construction

May 15, 2014

C Spire said May 8 that it has launched construction of a planned statewide fiber-optic network that would support 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) connections in Mississippi. The service provider asserts the network will be the first in the U.S. to provide 1-Gbps FTTH services across an entire state.

New Zealand's Chorus picks Alcatel-Lucent's XRS core router

May 15, 2014

New Zealand infrastructure operator Chorus has launched the “Chorus Accelerate” program, a new suite of wholesale copper and fiber-optic broadband services designed to encourage faster adoption of FTTx technologies. And it has selected IP routing technology from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to build the IP core network that will power the new program.

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