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TE Connectivity offers building block approach to FTTH deployments

July 2, 2015

TE Connectivity used the FTTH Connect conference in Anaheim June 30 through July 1 to launch its fiber indexing architecture for fiber to the home (FTTH). The approach uses standardized building blocks that consist of connectorized and indexed service terminals with hardened multi-fiber optical connectors to simplify FTTH installations and reduce costs, TE says.

UTEL touts in-field FTTC test capabilities

July 1, 2015

UTEL, which offers test and measurement capabilities for broadband access networks (see, for example, "UTEL unveils proactive PON management system"), says it has revamped its last-mile copper testing technology to enable it to fit into fielded fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) installations.

Calix offers NG-PON2 TWDM PON support

June 29, 2015

Broadband access network gear supplier Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it will add NG-PON2 TWDM PON capabilities to its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms and associated optical network terminals. It appears the company also will offer a new high-capacity cards that will improve the E7's switching and uplink capabilities for other central office and data center applications.

Bell Canada targets Toronto for gigabit FTTH

June 28, 2015

Bell Canada says it will deliver 1-Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) and premises to residents and business in Toronto. Part of a CAN$1.14 billion fiber-optic network infrastructure upgrade, the Gigabit Fibe roll out is expected to begin with access to 50,000 Toronto homes and businesses this summer, with a goal of passing 1.1 million possible customers in the city.

OFS offers MiDia FX fiber-optic microcable

June 25, 2015

Fiber-optic network connectivity supplier OFS has expanded its microcable portfolio with the MiDia FX Cable.

Worldwide PON interest to drive FTTx optics market beyond $1 billion this year

June 25, 2015

Worldwide demand for PON gear should enable sales of FTTx optics to follow last year's record-breaking performance with even better results in 2015, market research firm Ovum asserts in its newly released "OC FTTx Forecast Spreadsheet: 2014–20." Revenues for such optics, which include optical transceivers as well as bi-directional optical subassemblies (BOSAs), should surpass $1 billion this year, Ovum predicts.

Rural broadband providers embracing fiber says NTCA study

June 22, 2015

According to a study released last week by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, a growing number of rural independent telecom providers are using fiber to the home (FTTH) to deliver broadband services.

G.fast residential gateway on tap from Alcatel-Lucent

June 21, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has unveiled a G.fast residential gateway designed for plug-and-play installation by the customer. The 7368 ISAM CPE also will support reverse powering of a G.fast distribution point unit (DPU), as well as dual-band Wi-Fi that will provide 1-Gbps wireless networking in the home.

Sckipio offers G.fast reference designs, including G.fast on a stick

June 18, 2015

Communications IC startup Sckipio Technologies has unveiled a trio of reference designs for CPE that leverage the company's G.fast silicon (see "G.fast chipsets from Sckipio Technologies debut"). They include a design for an SFP optical transceiver that incorporates G.fast silicon for use in a variety of CPE, including residential gateways and business services network interface devices (NIDs).

Ting Fiber Network offers gigabit broadband in Charlottesville

June 15, 2015

Gigabit broadband and wireless service provider Ting Fiber Network, a subsidiary of Tucows Inc. (NASDAQ:TCX) (TSX:TC), says it is accepting signups for gigabit Internet services in Charlottesville, VA.

Wave offers gigabit Internet to San Francisco residents

June 15, 2015

Wave, which specializes in fiber-optic broadband services provision in the U.S. Northwest, says it has brought its Wave-G gigabit Internet service to the San Francisco Bay Area. The service provider says it can now offer symmetrical 1-Gbps and 100-Mbps services to residents of San Francisco's NEMA, a 750-unit property in the Mid-Market neighborhood.

Open Internet net neutrality rules go into effect

June 12, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) most recent iteration of its Open Internet net neutrality rules went into effect today when a Washington, DC, Circuit Court on June 11 declined a petition to stay them.

Los Angeles to issue gigabit broadband RFP

June 11, 2015

The City of Los Angeles plans to issue an RFP as part of its CityLinkLA broadband initiative. The RFP, which the City Council approved June 10, seeks one or more partners who will commit to building fixed and wireless broadband access networks that will support at least 1-Gbps symmetrical services.

AT&T, ON.Lab to lead CORD proof-of-concept demonstration

June 11, 2015

ON.Lab, developers of the Open Network Operating System (ONOS), says it will join with AT&T (NYSE:T), the ONOS project, PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ:PMCS), and G.fast chip vendor Sckipio to publically demonstrate a Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) proof-of-concept (POC). The demonstration will take place at next week's Open Networking Summit  in Santa Clara.

Sckipio unveils G.fast SDN initiatives

June 11, 2015

G.fast silicon startup Sckipio Technologies has announced a pair of moves aimed at promoting support of software-defined networking (SDN) in G.fast broadband access networks. The company says its new management stack will support the construction of G.fast distribution point units (DPUs) that can be controlled via the Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) and that uses the standard G.fast YANG data model, with traffic managed via OpenFlow. Sckipio says it also has partnered with ON.Lab to further enable SDN control of G.fast DPUs and CPE.

2015 broadband equipment sales start strong but may not finish that way

June 10, 2015

First quarter sales of DSL, PON, and point-to-point Ethernet fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband aggregation equipment grew by 14% year-over-year, according to the latest figures from IHS (NYSE: IHS). However, the market research firm believes the space will end 2015 down versus 2014.

Calix offers G.fast for MDUs

June 4, 2015

Broadband access network equipment developer Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has introduced three platforms that leverage G.fast technology to support high-speed broadband service delivery over copper networks. The company believes is E3-16F sealed distribution point unit (SDPU) node, 870F MDU services delivery node, and 844F GigaCenter, will find most of their use in fiber to the building applications such as multiple dwelling unit (MDU), multi-tenant unit (MTU), and "high density" single-family unit installations.

Consolidated Electric Cooperative offers gigabit broadband in Ohio

June 1, 2015

Ohio utility Consolidated Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, has begun to roll out gigabit broadband capabilities across Ohio using equipment from ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), according to the systems provider. The roll out will enable the co-op to offer fiber-optic broadband services to business as well as serve the needs of 15 school districts.

Energia Communications tests G.fast, TWDM-PON in Japan

June 1, 2015

Energia Communications and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) have partnered to work out the systems vendor's G.fast and TWDM-PON technologies for possible use in Japan, the companies say. The trials aim to position Energia to eventually provide such bandwidth-intensive services as 8K television when the first such broadcasts begin in Japan in 2016.

IEEE ponders WDM-PON, 25G PON for next generation EPON

May 28, 2015

The IEEE has released the results of an investigation into the necessity and potential requirements for EPON systems beyond the current top end of 10G EPON. The document, "IEEE 802.3™ Industry Connections Feasibility Assessment for the Next Generation of EPON," concludes that both an aggregate 40-Gbps multi-wavelength approach and a single-wavelength approach that would support 25 Gbps are worth considering.

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