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RST Global Communications expands North Carolina fiber-optic network

July 29, 2013

North Carolina communications services provider RST Global Communications LLC (RST) has significantly expanded its fiber-optic network in the state. The rural-focused carrier has grown its footprint from 500 miles to 3000 miles through a combination of new builds and acquisitions – including the leasing of dark fiber on the newly expanded North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).

FTTH Council unveils Gigabit Communities Race to the Top proposal

July 25, 2013

The Fiber to the Home Council (FTTH Council) this past Tuesday took the wraps off a proposal it hopes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will adopt to help kick start fiber-optic broadband investment in Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets. The Gigabit Communities Race to the Top program, modeled after the Obama Administration’s education-centric Race to the Top program, would see the FCC award matching grants of up to $10 million for as many as 15 projects over the next five years.

Verizon bumps FiOS Quantum Internet to 500/100 Mbps

July 23, 2013

Having seen Comcast top its highest download data rate by 5 Mbps last year, Verizon (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) has upped the ante with a new FiOS Quantum Internet tier that supplies 500 Mbps downstream and 100 Mbps upstream.

Indonesia’s Lintasarta selects ADTRAN for business FTTP

July 22, 2013

Indonesian business communications services provider Lintasarta will deploy the Total Access 5000 platform from ADTRAN Inc. as part of a fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network roll out. The new fiber-optic network infrastructure will enable Lintasarta to offer and support service level agreements (SLAs) and offer such services as mobility access, data center, cloud services, and videoconferencing.

Sterlite offers bend-insensitive fibers

July 22, 2013

India-based fiber and cable manufacturer Sterlite Technologies Ltd. (BSE: 532374, NSE: STRTECH) has upgraded its line of bend-insensitive fibers. Dubbed “BOW LITE,” the family now includes the new BOW LITE SUPER (G.657 B3), which joins the “significantly improved” BOW LITE PLUS (G.657 A1) and BOW LITE ENHANCED (G.657 A2.B2) fibers. Sterlite will target the fibers at fiber to the home (FTTH) applications as well as other uses that require tight bend tolerance.

Digital Agenda biased toward FTTC asserts FTTH Council Europe

July 19, 2013

While the latest Digital Agenda Scoreboard released this past June 12 shows that Europe is making progress toward the European Commission’s broadband access goals, many countries on the continent are using the wrong approach, says the FTTH Council Europe. The reliance in several areas on upgraded copper-based networks, typically fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) architectures, limits Europe’s long-term broadband growth prospects, the Council believes. Worse, the way the Digital Agenda defines next-generation access (NGA) encourages this mistake, council spokespeople assert.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave unveils Quantum Type-Q101-VS V-Groove Fusion Splicer

July 18, 2013

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave (SEL) has introduced the Quantum Type-Q101-VS V-Groove Fusion Splicer. The third member of the Quantum Splicer family aims to meet the need for an advanced but affordable fusion splicer for data center, enterprise, FTTx, OEM, and other fiber-optic network requirements.

CommScope offers turnkey FTTA, remote radio connectivity

July 18, 2013

CommScope says it now offers a comprehensive package that simplifies fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) site deployments. The FTTA Turnkey Solution, part of the Andrew Systems, Inc. partner portfolio, standardizes remote radio unit (RRU) installation while bringing simplicity, consistency, and performance assurance to a technologically and logistically complex application, the company claims.

Telefónica taps ASSIA for multinational DSL network management

July 17, 2013

Telefónica has decided to extend an existing agreement with DSL management specialist ASSIA, Inc. to cover management of ADSL and evolving VDSL networks, with an initial focus on South America. The contract extension will see ASSIA offerings applied to more than eight million customer lines worldwide.

G.fast anti-interference recommendation G.9700 receives first-stage approval

July 16, 2013

The ITU-T Study Group 15 has granted first-stage approval to Recommendation ITU-T G.9700, which specifies methods to minimize the risk that G.fast copper-based broadband equipment will interfere with broadcast services such as FM radio. G.fast is the emerging set of specifications that promise to enable copper infrastructure to support data rates as high as 500 Mbps. The ITU believes that G.fast will be ratified in the early part of next year.

NBN Co taps SA Power Networks for FTTH deployments in South Australia

July 16, 2013

NBN Co, the company responsible for rolling out Australia’s National Broadband Network, has awarded SA Power Networks a three-year contract to deploy fiber-optic broadband infrastructure in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

AFL receives flexible port OTDR patent

July 16, 2013

The U.S. Patent Office has granted AFL a patent for optical time domain reflectometer (OTDR) technology. US Patent 8,411,259 covers OTDRs where multiple wavelength-specific test signal generators and detector channels are combined on a single OTDR test port.

Clarksville, TN, gets 1-Gbps FTTH via Zhone ONTs

July 15, 2013

FTTx equipment developer Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that Clarksville Department of Electricity Lightband (CDE) in Clarksville, TN (yes, that Clarksville) will use its zNID optical network terminals (ONTs) to supply 1-Gbps Internet services.

New era in optical-fiber cabling

July 12, 2013

Optical fiber is the foundation of the modern communications network, providing the data capacity and speed that enable all of our latest communication devices and services.

Will FTTN advances delay FTTH?

July 12, 2013

With copper able to support 100 Mbps, the impetus to switch to fiber may decrease.

BT to offer 300-Mbps FTTP broadband access

July 11, 2013

BT says it will begin to offer 300-Mbps services within 50 exchange areas where it has deployed fiber to the premises (FTTP).

Broadcom offers certified DPoE chipsets and software

July 11, 2013

Communications IC specialist Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: BRCM) has announced availability of EPON optical network unit (ONU) and optical line terminal (OLT) chipsets and DOCSIS mediation layer (DML) software compliant to CableLabs’ DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) 1.0 specifications.

Horsebridge picks ECI Telecom to supply FTTH to City of Westminster

July 11, 2013

UK network infrastructure provider Horsebridge Network Systems has selected ECI Telecom to supply GPON equipment for a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) project in the City of Westminster, London, the systems house reports.

Calix doubles E7-2 GPON port density

July 9, 2013

FTTx equipment developer Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has added the GPON-8 card as an option to its Calix E7-2 modular Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP). Two GPON-8 cards can fit in the E7-2 chassis, which enables the 1RU system to support 16 GPON ports, as well as eight Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports, and “multiple” 10GbE uplink ports.

Telefónica, Vodafone, and Orange agree to share in-building fiber in Spain

July 9, 2013

Three operators in the Spanish market – Telefónica, Vodafone, and Orange – have signed an agreement that allows infrastructure sharing of fiber-optic cable in the vertical section of fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) networks.

AFL unveils Fujikura fixed V-groove single fiber splicer

July 9, 2013

AFL has another splicer to offer the North American market. The company says the Fujikura 19S fusion splicer, a new fixed V-groove single fiber device, retains the proven ruggedized features included in Fujikura’s existing designs, but incorporates automated and enhanced user control capabilities to increase splicing efficiency.

Fiber roll outs to spur continued growth in Russian market says Pyramid Research

July 8, 2013

Investments in fiber-optic broadband networks, as well as additional infrastructure deployment in response to the government’s national broadband program, mean that telecom spending in Russia should continue to grow, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

FTTH part of Telecom Argentina's broadband expansion plans

July 3, 2013

Telecom Argentina says that it is in the midst of an ambitious plan to extend triple-play service provision across the country. The plan will see fiber-optic networks built in Argentina’s major cities to support GPON-based fiber to the home (FTTH), fiber to the building (FTTB), and fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) combined with VDSL2. Telecom Argentina expects the various architectures to enable 100-Mbps Internet services.

Alcatel-Lucent demos 1-Gbps G.fast with Telekom Austria

July 2, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and A1, the Austrian subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group, have conducted the field trial of a 1-Gbps variant of G.fast developed by Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs. The demonstration saw 1.1 Gbps transmitted over 70 m of outside plant copper cabling.

UK Government issues new superfast broadband targets

July 2, 2013

An additional 1.4 million premises can expect to get superfast fiber-optic broadband under the latest plans announced by the UK Government. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has increased the available investment by £250 million ($378 million) to ensure that superfast broadband gets to 95% of homes and businesses in the UK by 2017.

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