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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.

Choosing an optimal FTTH architecture

May 12, 2014

Making the right choice requires weighing the benefits of different architectures against the business requirements of your FTTH network.

Next gen PON struggles for traction

May 12, 2014

One reason PON has proven so popular in optical access networks is its reputation as a "futureproof" technology, one that promises to support operators' evolving requirements.

BT reaches fiber broadband target to cover two-thirds of UK

May 12, 2014

BT Group reports that its fiber-optic broadband network now passes more than 19 million homes and businesses, roughly two-thirds of all premises in the UK. The company reached this milestone significantly earlier than expected.

Cisco offers GPON system as part of Elastic Access portfolio

May 8, 2014

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has unveiled a new access network product initiative called Cisco Elastic Access that includes four new hardware platforms – including one that supports GPON – as well as software-defined network (SDN) friendly software platforms.

Global fiber broadband subs to double by 2019 says ABI Research

May 8, 2014

The number of fixed-line broadband subscribers around the world grew 6% in 2013 to surpass 665.4 million subscribers, according to the latest figures from market research firm ABI Research.

AT&T increases fiber to the building count in multiple markets

May 2, 2014

AT&T says it has connected hundreds of multi-tenant buildings with fiber in five markets. Part of the service provider’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) program, the Fiber Ready Building initiative seeks to expand the small and medium business customers whom AT&T could offer security, network, and cloud-based services that require high-capacity connections.

Vodafone Netherlands taps Edgeware for FTTH video

May 1, 2014

Vodafone Netherlands has deployed Edgeware´s Distributed Video Delivery Networks (D-VDN) Solution to support Vodafone’s roll out of its Thuis service to its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) customers in the Netherlands, Edgeware says.

FCC Chairman Wheeler pledges support for municipal broadband network efforts

May 1, 2014

In an address to attendees at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) The Cable Show in Los Angeles yesterday, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler expressed strong support for the right of municipalities to supply broadband services using their own networks. Wheeler pledged to “preempt” state laws that restrict the construction and operation of such networks.

Aurora Networks UniPHY Platform offers cable MSOs converged services support

April 30, 2014

Aurora Networks, a Pace company that specializes in optical transport and access network gear for cable MSOs, has introduced the UniPHY Platform at The Cable Show. UniPHY supports PON, DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE), and remote QAM-based digital hybrid fiber/coax capabilities within the same system.

ZTE wins GPON equipment order from China Mobile

April 22, 2014

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it has won orders from China Mobile for GPON equipment in the operator’s annual tender.

AT&T releases list of potential new 1-Gbps FTTH markets

April 22, 2014

AT&T has released a list of 21 metropolitan markets in which it might roll out the 1-Gbps GigaPower version of its U-Verse service. How many of these cities will actually see the fiber to the home (FTTH) based service will depend on whether the municipalities “have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment cases based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies,” the service provider said in a press release.

SiFi Networks to build FTTH network for Pacific Grove, CA

April 20, 2014

SiFi Networks says it has signed an agreement to build an open access fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Pacific Grove, CA. The proposed network will be capable of delivering 1-Gbps services.

Sky, TalkTalk, CityFibre partner for 1-Gbps FTTH in York

April 15, 2014

UK service providers Sky and TalkTalk and fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure company CityFibre say they will create a new company that will deliver 1-Gbps broadband services in the City of York, as well as two other locations that they will reveal later.

G.fast 'a giant step away from DSL' says Broadband Forum CEO

April 14, 2014

G.fast, the latest specification set for copper-based broadband access delivery, will play a major role in European networks, said Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum, in a speech delivered last Tuesday ahead of the Fixed Access Networks Summit in Berlin.

AT&T negotiates for 1-Gbps FTTH in North Carolina

April 11, 2014

Having announced its intention to deliver 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) in Austin, TX (see “AT&T to launch 1-Gbps FTTH in Austin”), AT&T indicates it hopes to do the same in the Research Triangle and Piedmont areas of North Carolina. The Tier 1 service provider says it is in “advanced discussions” with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) to create networks that would help it deliver its U-verse triple-play services, including its 1-Gbps GigaPower Internet access service.

Government shifts Australia’s National Broadband Network away from FTTH

April 10, 2014

As expected after a coalition led by the Liberal National Party won control of the national government in last September’s general elections, Australia’s Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann have instructed the company responsible for construction of the country’s National Broadband Network to switch the program’s fixed-line technology emphasis from fiber to the premises (FTTP) to a mix of approaches. The change will include the use of fiber to the node (FTTN) rather than FTTP in most instances.

eircom taps Huawei for VDSL vectoring rollout

April 10, 2014

Following the news that it has switched on vectoring on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network, Irish incumbent eircom has revealed that the supplier is Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

Forty million new broadband subscribers in 2013 says Broadband Forum

April 10, 2014

Year-end figures for broadband and IPTV adoption, published by the Broadband Forum and prepared by market research firm Point Topic, show a steady growth in broadband subscribers but slowing as older markets reach saturation. The figures highlight the addition of over 40 million new users, an annual increase of 6.15%, bringing the total number of broadband lines up to 678.5 million worldwide.

FTTH Council Asia-Pacific endorses Light Brigade for FTTx training

April 2, 2014

Light Brigade, the education and training division of AFL, says that the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific has endorsed its “FTTx for Installers and Technicians” training program. The course is the first to pass the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific’s new endorsement procedure that aims to improve fiber-to-the-home (FTTx) training in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.

m2fx intros ADSS fiber cable for aerial FTTH deployment

April 1, 2014

m2fx Ltd. has launched a new all dielectric self supporting (ADSS) fiber-optic cable that it says can reduce the cost of last-mile fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments using aerial cable.

Etisalat to trial 40G GPON technology from Huawei

March 31, 2014

Etisalat Group and Chine-based optical systems manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. report they have signed an agreement to test 40-Gbps GPON technology across Etisalat's footprint in the United Arab Emirates.

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