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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.

China Mobile awards Alcatel-Lucent $1 billion contract

March 31, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and China Mobile (CMCC), the world’s largest mobile operator, have signed a one-year comprehensive frame agreement valued at up to €750 million ($1 billion) to provide technology that will move the world’s largest mobile service provider to an all-IP ultra-broadband network. The agreement includes IP networking and 4G TD-LTE technology, as well as optical transport and fiber to the home (FTTH) systems.

Calix offers consulting services

March 25, 2014

Broadband access equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has added consulting services to its portfolio. The company announced a pair of services, Analytics and Catalyst, designed to help service providers leverage Calix’s Compass software applications.

eircom turns on vectoring to support 100-Mbps broadband speeds

March 25, 2014

Irish incumbent telco eircom has confirmed that it will a deploy vectoring on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network to enable broadband speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

Clearfield reduces deployment cost with SmartRoute panel

March 25, 2014

Fiber management and connectivity specialist Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has launched SmartRoute spooling technology, which it says is an innovative fiber management design that houses connectors, cable assembly, and slack storage in a single unit. The SmartRoute Panel, with dual SmartRoute spools deployed, integrates intra-facility fiber cable (IFC) and outside plant (OSP) cable assemblies in a single 1RU-high panel.

Gigaclear names next villages in FTTP roll out

March 24, 2014

Fiber-optic broadband provider Gigaclear Ltd. has confirmed that Otmoor in Oxfordshire, UK, will be next on the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) carrier’s deployment list. The roll out comprises 700 properties across six of the Otmoor villages, which include Beckley, Elsfield, Horton cum Studley, Noke, Stanton St. John, and Woodeaton.

Molex intros FlexiBend MPO MTP flexible-boot cable assemblies

March 24, 2014

Molex Inc. (NASDAQ:MOLX) has introduced its FlexiBend MPO/MTP flexible-boot fiber cable assemblies, which are designed to optimize fiber-optic cable routing and support low-profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight-style bend-limiting boots.

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.