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EMCORE unveils Medallion Series CATV amplifiers

March 20, 2014

EMCORE Corp. (NASDAQ: EMKR) has introduced the Medallion 7000 Series erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for cable television (CATV) applications. These new EDFAs extend EMCORE's Medallion series rack-mount CATV transmitter portfolio; the company says the EDFAs feature the exceptionally low noise and superior output power stability demanded by CATV operators for modern hybrid fiber coax (HFC) topologies and fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) networks.

UTStarcom inks partnership with DASAN Networks at OFC 2014

March 19, 2014

UTStarcom (NASDAQ: UTSI) says it reached an agreement last week at OFC 2014 in San Francisco with fellow equipment developer DASAN Networks. The partnership will see the companies collaborate on design, development, and marketing of new products for cable TV, mobile, and telecommunications service providers.

RST Fiber lights up America’s first 'Gigabit State'

March 17, 2014

RST Fiber reports that it has activated its 3100-mile underground fiber-optic network that connects metro areas across North Carolina. The company says it is the first privately owned company in the U.S. to introduce and activate a 100G backbone network employing carrier-grade IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6).

VeEX intros SunLite OTDR for FTTx

March 17, 2014

Test and measurement equipment vendor VeEX Inc. has announced the SunLite optical time-domain reflectometer (OTDR), which it claims is one of the world’s smallest, lightest, and most feature-rich instruments for testing passive optical networks (PON) and fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) networks.

Bright House Networks, Metro Development Group plan gigabit FTTH in Florida

March 17, 2014

Real estate development company Metro Development Group (MDG) and cable MSO Bright House Networks say that Bright House will supply symmetrical 1-Gbps broadband access services via fiber to the home (FTTH) to MDG developments in Florida. The first model homes equipped with the high-speed services will be available for viewing this spring, the partners say.

WDM-PON is a key component in next generation access

March 7, 2014

Recent experiments show how WDM-PON can fulfill next generation requirements for greater capacity and longer reach, including over ring-based architectures.

Gigaclear wins FTTP contract in rural Oxfordshire village

March 4, 2014

UK fiber-optic broadband provider Gigaclear reports that it has been appointed to design, build, implement, and operate a fiber to the premises (FTTP) broadband network in the UK parish of Northmoor.

Sumitomo, Omnitron demo automated provisioning of Carrier Ethernet over DPoE

March 3, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave and Omnitron Systems have successfully completed interoperability testing of the DEMARC Auto-Configuration (DAC) process with Sumitomo’s FSU7100 DPoE Qualified Series EPON optical line terminal (OLT) and Omnitron’s iConverter GM4 network interface demarcation device.

Hyperoptic brings 1-Gbps FTTH to Bristol, Cardiff, Reading

March 3, 2014

Hyperoptic, which uses fiber to the home (FTTH) technology to offer 1-Gbps broadband services in the UK, says it has extended its service footprint outside of London for the first time. The company now offers its broadband access services to residential and commercial properties in Bristol, Cardiff, and Reading.

Jazztel, ZTE test 10G GPON

February 27, 2014

ZTE Corp. (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ) says it has conducted a full-service commercial 10G GPON test for Spanish network operator Jazztel. The test verified GPON and 10G PON co-existence, which ZTE touts as proof that its 10G PON platform is “capable of supporting any service under all foreseeable scenarios.”

Nominations open for 2014 FTTXcellence Award

February 25, 2014

Award sponsors Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) and Lightwave have announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2014 FTTXcellence Award. The award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in the deployment of optical access networks in the Americas, will be presented to the winner on Monday, June 23, at the 2014 FTTH Conference & Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Last year was tough for broadband equipment sales says Ovum

February 25, 2014

Ovum says that broadband access equipment sales fell 23% in 2013. However, the market research firm believes this year won’t be quite so bad.

ETRI to show 43G ROSA, 8×10G TOSA, GPON reach extender at OFC 2014

February 25, 2014

Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed three new products that it plans to unveil at OFC 2014 next month: a TO-can type 43G receiver optical sub-assembly (ROSA), an 8×10G transmitter optical sub-assembly (TOSA), and a 16-channel frame-based GPON reach extender.

Aksh Optifibre wins $33M order for Indian rural broadband project

February 25, 2014

New Delhi-based Aksh Optifibre Ltd. (BSE: 532351 | NSE: AKSHOPTFBREQ) says it has won the contract to supply fiber-optic cables for Package B of India’s National Optic Fiber Network (NOFN) backbone project.

Huber+Suhner's self-install system speeds FTTH roll out in Marburg

February 25, 2014

Optical connectivity specialist Huber+Suhner is helping the German city of Marburg to roll out high-speed broadband services with the new Home Fibering System (HOFIS) that enables the town’s residents to self-install the in-home section of their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The vendor says its new product can dramatically speed up FTTH and service deployment.

IP-Only picks Alcatel-Lucent, Maintrac for FTTH network in Sweden

February 24, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) says it has been selected by IP-Only, an independent wholesale broadband provider in the Nordic region, to provide point-to-point Ethernet technology for a new fiber to the premises (FTTP) network.

FTTH subscriber growth accelerates says FTTH Council Europe

February 24, 2014

The growth in the number of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or fiber to the building (FTTB) subscribers is picking up in Europe, according to the latest figures presented at the FTTH Conference 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden. However, there is much work to be done before the region can be considered a mature market.

Belgacom switches on VDSL2 vectoring network

February 20, 2014

Belgium national carrier Belgacom has activated a nationwide broadband access network based on VDSL2 vectoring. The service provider is using technology supplied by Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU).

Zhone offers XG-PON1 line card for MXK platform

February 20, 2014

FTTx equipment provider Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says it will support 10G GPON applications with an XG-PON1 Line Card for its MXK platform. The company unveiled the line card at the FTTH Conference Europe event this week in Stockholm.

OFS AllWave+ fiber complies with ITU-T G.652.D, G.657.A1

February 20, 2014

OFS has added AllWave+ zero water peak (ZWP) singlemode fiber to is AllWave fiber roster. The new fiber complies with both ITU-T G.652.D and G.657.A1 to provide improved bending performance for FTTx, metro, and mobile backhaul applications.

Google Fiber targets 34 cities and towns for expansion

February 19, 2014

Google revealed today that it has its eyes on 34 cities and towns concentrated in the U.S. West and South as possible expansion markets for its 1-Gbps Google Fiber fiber to the home (FTTH) service. Government leaders in each community will have to complete a “fiber ready checklist” that will ease Google’s deployments while the company further studies each market’s suitability.

Alcatel-Lucent supplies FTTH gear for Swisscom’s 1-Gbps broadband services

February 18, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it is supplying its 7302 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) to Swisscom to enable the Swiss Tier 1 to deliver 1-Gbps services via fiber to the home (FTTH) to a million households (see “Swisscom FTTx plans include 1-Gbps services”).

Huawei unveils TWDM PON system prototype

February 18, 2014

Huawei says it will show off a second generation TWDM-PON prototype system at this week’s FTTH Conference Europe event in Stockholm, Sweden.

China Telecom tests Huawei's embedded OTDR

February 13, 2014

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. says it has completed a field test of its embedded optical time-domain reflectometer (eOTDR) technology on the Xinjiang branch of China Telecom's live commercial fiber-to-the-x (FTTx) network.

CenturyLink delivers gigabit fiber service in Salt Lake City area

February 11, 2014

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) says it is now offering Internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps for more than 2500 businesses located in multi-tenant unit office buildings throughout Salt Lake City, Sandy, Midvale, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, Cottonwood Heights, and other area municipalities in Utah.

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