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Zhone unveils FiberBuilder aggregation system

September 30, 2013

Zhone Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has launched Zhone FiberBuilder, the newest addition to its MXK line of access products. The new platform provides high-density LTE mobile backhaul, MXK switch-to-switch trunking, and 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) aggregation. This combination delivers essential advances in access networking while meeting carrier-class requirements for multi-service hardware and software, the vendor claims.

Zhone unveils residential gateway provisioning software

September 20, 2013

Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) has announced general availability of the Zhone Unified Provisioning 3.0 software for its zNID product line. Integration of Zhone's cloud-based provisioning software provides a single point from which to manage and configure an entire network while also reducing network management complexity, the company claims.

Is 1-Gbps FTTH the gold standard or just gold-plated?

September 19, 2013

A growing number of service providers and government initiatives have targeted 1-Gbps broadband services. But given the needs of most residential users, are such services more emblematic than useful?

New cable designs avert conduit congestion

September 19, 2013

The development of 200-µm coated fibers opens the door for more efficient network deployments.

Running the gauntlet

September 19, 2013

Fall, of course, is trade-show season in the communications industry. And this fall the harvest is ripe with events.

IEEE 802.3bk extends reach and density of EPON

September 19, 2013

The IEEE has announced approval of IEEE 802.3bk, “Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for Extended Ethernet Passive Optical Networks.” The new specifications are designed to enable higher-density and longer-reach applications of Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) infrastructure while improving cost of network ownership.

Increase your broadband speed, increase your income says study

September 18, 2013

Households who upgrade their broadband services can expect to increase their income, according to results of a study conducted by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), Arthur D. Little, and Chalmers University of Technology.

Swisscom FTTx plans include 1-Gbps services

September 13, 2013

Swisscom says it plans to offer 1-Gbps services as part of an FTTx broadband access network expansion plan. The plan includes increasing its customer reach and testing fiber to the building (FTTB) to complement its existing fiber to the home (FTTH) and “fiber to the street” initiatives.

The evolution of CCAP

September 13, 2013

The CableLabs Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) architecture leverages existing cable technologies and makes provision for new ones that will arise through natural evolution. Because of this foresight, there are many paths to CCAP, and many paths beyond it. This gives operators the ultimate freedom to tailor their migrations to best suit their individual circumstances.

Deutsche Telekom highlights high-speed broadband investments

September 5, 2013

Deutsche Telekom has revealed more about its plans to expand its network infrastructure over the next few years. On the mobile side of things, the German incumbent plans to increase top speeds in its network to 150 Mbps. For the fixed network, the operator says it will make 100-Mbps connections available on a large scale by installing more optical fiber in combination with vectoring on its last-mile copper plant.

Teleplaza chooses Calix to roll out FTTH in Dutch MDUs

September 4, 2013

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that Dutch service provider Teleplaza has chosen the Calix E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs) to deliver advanced fiber-optic broadband services to multi-dwelling units (MDUs) in the city of Tilburg. Teleplaza is also using Calix’ optical network terminals (ONTs) to deliver voice, video, wireless, and high-speed data services to the MDU residents.

UTEL unveils proactive PON management system

September 4, 2013

UTEL, a telecommunications research and development company, says it has developed a complete passive optical network (PON) management system based on its Fast Light technology. The new system will reduce fiber maintenance costs by up to 90%, the company claims.

Teleste supplies RFoG equipment for French FTTH network

September 3, 2013

Broadband and video specialist Teleste Corp. says it has been chosen to supply fiber-optic broadband equipment based on RF over glass (RFoG) technology to the Syndicat Intercommunal d'Energie et de E-communication de l'Ain (SIEA), a public body that manages energy and e-communication for the 419 municipalities included in the French eastern region of Ain.

Utility co-op NineStar Connect deploys GPON with Zhone

August 27, 2013

Broadband access equipment vendor Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says it has supplied its MXK optical line terminal (OLT) and zNID optical network terminal (ONT) to NineStar Connect for the utility cooperative’s recent GPON deployment.

VDSL to rule European broadband says Point Topic

August 20, 2013

Despite the efforts of organizations such as the FTTH Council Europe, most Europeans will receive their broadband services via copper-based broadband access network technologies such as VDSL, predicts Point Topic in a new report, “VDSL in Europe’s Future.” In fact, the analyst firm asserts that a copper-centric strategy “offers the best solution for providing superfast broadband across most of Europe, for both technical and financial reasons,” in the words of a press release announcing the report.

Active Broadband Networks offers SDN controller for broadband access networks

August 20, 2013

Active Broadband Networks says that it has added software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities to its Dynamic Broadband Service Manager (DBSM) that enables carriers to apply an intelligent, software-defined service layer for the common control and active management of broadband services, including on fiber to the home (FTTH) networks.

Worldwide FTTH subscribers to grow 23% in 2013 says ABI Research

August 19, 2013

Fiber-optic broadband networks such as fiber to the home (FTTH) will serve 19% of subscribers worldwide by the end of this year, forecasts ABI Research. The figure represents a 23% improvement over the 13% fiber-optic networks served by year-end 2012, according to the market research firm’s new “Broadband Subscribers” market report.

MCG, Calix to enable Massachusetts' first gigabit community

August 14, 2013

QuantaBits introduces 10G-EPON product range

August 14, 2013

QuantaBits Inc. has introduced a 10-Gbps GEPON optical line terminal (OLT) and a 10-Gbps optical networking unit (ONU). The company says the new products are aimed at Internet service providers, data-center administrators, and telecommunications providers to help them overcome capacity, speed, and quality of service limitations in today’s transport services.

PLDT completes PHP 2.5B fiber rollout ahead of schedule

August 13, 2013

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) says it has installed over 5,000 km of fiber-optic cables in the first half of the year to support the aggressive rollout of high-speed data services on its fixed and mobile networks.

Fujikura Europe unveils One-Click Cleaner MPO

August 8, 2013

Fujikura Europe Ltd. has launched the new One-Click Cleaner MPO designed specifically for cleaning MPO/MTP fiber-optic connectors, which are widely used in data-center networks and some telco-operated infrastructure.

PON and cable broadband hardware sales should grow through 2017 says Dell’Oro

August 5, 2013

The market research firm’s new "Access Five-Year Forecast" report predicts annual revenue growth for PON FTTx and cable MSO network equipment through 2017. Network enhancements to handle increasing Internet traffic, enable new revenue-generating services, and stay competitive with one another will provide the catalysts, according to Dell’Oro.

Gigabit Squared buys conduit from Zayo for Seattle FTTH project

August 1, 2013

Gigabit Squared, a digital economic development corporation targeting the development of broadband access networks across the U.S., says it has kicked off deployment of its planned Seattle fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) project with the purchase of conduit and other assets from Zayo Group. Gigabit Squared will use the conduit, which runs throughout the city from the northeast to the southwest, to deploy the backbone fiber-optic cable for its network.

AFL enhances NOYES FCP2 Field Portable Cleaning Kits

July 30, 2013

AT&T launches 45-Mbps U-verse in California and Nevada

July 30, 2013

AT&T has launched a 45-Mbps U-verse service in California and Nevada. Dubbed U-verse High Speed Internet Power, the new tier pairs the 45-Mbps downstream with 6 Mbps upstream. The service provider touts the new service offering as a sign of progress in its Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan.

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