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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.

France takes stock of FTTH growth

February 10, 2014

In France, where unemployment is at a record high, GNP growth is near zero, and President François Hollande’s popularity rating is plummeting, the telecom sector provided a glimmer of better economic days with the announcement of two milestones this month-- the number of fiber to the home (FTTH) subscribers had reached 500,000 and more than 10 million households had been passed by superfast broadband networks.

COMANDER project targets fiber-wireless-network convergence

February 4, 2014

Four parties have teamed up to participate in the European research project "Converged Optical-Mobile Access Networks with Dynamic and Efficient Resource allocation" (COMANDER), funded under the Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) action call FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave unveils LGX-HD patch panels at BICSI Winter 2014

February 3, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has expanded its 4th Level Data Center Solutions product range with the addition of LGX and high density (HD) patch panels, which it claims are the industry’s first LGX and HD panels in one.

Clearfield expands FieldShield SmarTerminal network access point portfolio

January 31, 2014

Fiber management and connectivity provider Clearfield Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has expanded its FieldShield SmarTerminal line with three new configurations. The extension of the network access point (NAP) portfolio continues to address above-grade and below-grade applications.

KeyFibre preps for FTTH Conference Europe with new products

January 31, 2014

Fiber to the home (FTTH) connectivity specialist KeyFibre says it plans to use the FTTH Council Europe’s upcoming FTTH Conference 2014 in Stockholm, February 18-21, to launch a range of new products, as well as a new division.

Marlin Equity Partners reshuffles executive deck ahead of Coriant, Tellabs merger

January 29, 2014

As expected, Marlin Equity Partners has announced its intention to merge the recently acquired Tellabs into Coriant. The investment firm set the stage for the mash up by announcing the leadership team of the new Coriant, with Tellabs President and CEO Dan Kelly the odd executive out. Meanwhile, Marlin has decided to spin Tellabs’ optical access activities into a separate business during the first quarter of this year.

BT pledges additional £50 million for fiber broadband in cities

January 27, 2014

UK incumbent BT says it plans to invest a further £50 million in its commercial fiber-optic broadband program over the next three years.

WDM-PON field trial in Austria supports gigabit broadband

January 23, 2014

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) says it has partnered with Energie AG Oberösterreich Data GmbH and ELCON Systemtechnik GmbH in a WDM-PON trial in Austria. The trial is designed to assess WDM-PON technology for next-generation residential broadband access by using the technology to offer uncontended gigabit connectivity to residential subscribers.

IP UtiliNET uses Zhone FiberLAN passive optical LAN to support network security

January 16, 2014

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that IP UtiliNET, LLC will use the FTTx equipment developer’s MXK and zNID-GPON systems in their passive optical LAN configurations to support enhanced campus security offerings for its customer, Club Entrepreneur (Club E) Atlanta. Deployment of the PON equipment, which includes Zhone's MXK-194, zNID-GPON-2624P, and zNID-GPON-2628P, will reduce costs from an acquisition and operations perspective, Zhone adds.

IEEE looks into EPON beyond 10 Gbps

January 15, 2014

The IEEE says it will investigate requirements for the next generation of EPON through an IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Industry Connections activity. The initiative will attempt to measure the need to support data rates beyond the current top speed of 10 Gbps.

M2 Optics unveils customizable optical switching device

January 13, 2014

Test and measurement specialist M2 Optics, Inc. has announced the immediate availability of SWITCHLIGHT, which it describes as a multi-functional optical networking device designed for service provider, data center, enterprise, and government applications.

Israel's Bezeq taps Alcatel-Lucent for VDSL2 vectoring technology

December 16, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it is providing VDSL2 vectoring equipment to Israel’s Bezeq to help the operator enhance and upgrade the capabilities of its national broadband access network serving 1.2 million subscribers.

ITU expects standard to be finalized by April 2014

December 12, 2013

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says that the physical-layer protocol aspects of – which is expected to be the technology that brings the ability to support 500 Mbps or more to copper-based broadband access networks – have reached the stability required to initiate the standard’s approval procedure.