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South Africa’s Atec selects Tilgin for FTTH deployment

October 3, 2013

Swedish broadband access equipment vendor Tilgin AB says a South African fiber provider will base its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment on Tilgin’s Flexible Premises Solution.

Huawei launches large-capacity vectoring system

October 3, 2013

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. has launched a new version of its MA5600T, which it says is the largest-capacity vectoring system the industry has seen to date. The new product offers 896-line access capability, more than twice the average line capacity of alternative vectoring systems, the company claims.

AT&T to launch 1-Gbps FTTH in Austin

October 1, 2013

Following up on a statement made when Google Fiber announced its intention to provide gigabit services in Austin, TX (see “AT&T: We’ll do 1 Gbps in Austin too – maybe”), AT&T (NYSE:T) says it will build a fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Austin on which it will offer 1-Gbps services under the GigaPower brand next year.

Telefonica Vivo's Kriger wins 2013 FTTXcellence Award

October 1, 2013

André Kriger, the FTTH director at Vivo, Telefonica Group’s local brand in Brazil, received the 2013 FTTXcellence Award at the FTTH Conference in Tampa, FL. He received the award in recognition of his efforts to promote the use of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in the São Paulo state concession area.

Corning's Centrix cable management platform provides high density

October 1, 2013

Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) has introduced its newly designed Centrix platform, an optical connectivity platform that combines what the company claims is industry-leading termination density with an intuitive jumper routing system and superior fiber-optic cable management.

OFS unveils FITEL Right-Bend Fiber Identifier

October 1, 2013

OFS has introduced the Furukawa Electric FITEL Right-Bend fiber identifier, a tool that can identify signals on bend-insensitive optical fiber.

Calix gear used by gigabit FTTH communities in 14 states

October 1, 2013

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that more than 15 of its service provider customers have announced gigabit residential services in 14 different states, stepping to meet the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Gigabit Communities Challenge.

Clearfield offers FieldShield connector, terminal for hardened environments

September 30, 2013

Fiber-optic broadband connectivity specialist Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has added elements to its FieldShield line for hardened environments. The offerings, which include FieldShield Hardened Connectors and the FieldShield Multiport SmarTerminal, bring the ease of use of pushable fiber and reduced cost to hardened connector applications, Clearfield says.

CenturyLink uses Calix systems in Omaha gigabit FTTH pilot

September 30, 2013

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has revealed that it has supplied its E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and 700GE family of optical network terminals (ONTs) to CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) for the carrier’s gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) pilot in Omaha, NE.

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.

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