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Cable MSOs ponder PON

November 26, 2013

The SCTE Cable-Tec Expo is annually the best place to get a reading on what technologies cable operators in the U.S. plan to deploy in their networks.

Competition, regulation boost FTTx growth in Latin America

November 25, 2013

A combination of supply-push and demand-pull will boost the embryonic fiber broadband market in Latin America from 2.2 million accounts in 2013 to 11.8 million accounts in 2018, according to a new report from Pyramid Research.

Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade Tonami's HFC network to FTTH

November 21, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it will upgrade the access network of Japanese cable operator Tonami Satellite Communications Television to become a 100% fiber-optic network infrastructure.

Allied Telesis provides FTTH to U.S. service personnel in Japan

November 19, 2013

Networking vendor Allied Telesis Capital Corp. says it is delivering Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to service members in their residences at Japan’s Misawa Air Base using fiber to the home (FTTH) technology.

AT&T fibers 16,000-plus San Francisco businesses

November 18, 2013

AT&T says it is "lighting up businesses at an impressive pace" in the San Francisco metro area, where service crews have installed fiber-optic connections to an additional 450-plus multi-tenant office buildings. The new connections will bring fiber-optic broadband services to more than 16,000 business customer locations.

Zhone debuts zNID FiberJACK wall-mount ONT for passive optical LANs

November 13, 2013

AFL offers sub-unitized premises MicroCore 2.0 fiber-optic cable

November 12, 2013

AFL has unveiled MicroCore 2.0, its next generation of high-performance sub-unitized cables. The standards-compliant 2.0-mm sub-cables are designed for high-density infrastructures that require space savings for fiber management. The sub-unitized fiber cable supports both direct termination and single fiber architectures.

Swisscom launches 1-Gbps broadband services

November 12, 2013

Swisscom’s residential customers have joined the elite group of consumers around the world that can browse the Internet at the ultra-fast speed of 1 Gbps. Following a trial in September, the Swiss incumbent has moved to a full product launch (see “Swisscom FTTx plans include 1-Gbps services”).

Survey says: BT superfast broadband boosts Cornish businesses

November 12, 2013

Cornwall’s new fiber-optic broadband network has now passed 206,000 homes and businesses – 82% of the total in the county – making it one of the best connected areas in Britain and the best connected rural region in Europe, according to BT. The UK operator is rolling out fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in a project jointly funded by BT, the EU, and Cornwall Council (see “BT launches FTTP project in Cornwall”).

LiveAir Networks to bring gigabit Internet to Texas via FTTH

November 11, 2013

Texas-based Internet service provider LiveAir Networks says it is planning to light up new fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in Bastrop and Fayette counties in December. The networks will support 1-Gbps services via the FTTH infrastructure

C Spire names Get Fiber First finalists for 1-Gbps FTTH

November 5, 2013

C Spire named nine Mississippi cities finalists for the first deployment of its planned statewide 1-Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiative. Batesville, Clinton, Corinth, Hattiesburg, Horn Lake, McComb, Quitman, Ridgeland, and Starkville will vie for the honor of being the first community to receive the operator’s upcoming high-speed broadband service.

CityFibre picks Peterborough for next gigabit city

October 31, 2013

People living and working in Peterborough in the UK are set to benefit from a city-wide, pure fiber-optic network delivering gigabit speeds, says infrastructure provider CityFibre. The company plans to make a wholly private investment into Peterborough of up to £30 million.

GPON interoperability essential according to study

October 28, 2013

An Informa Telecoms & Media study conducted on behalf of the Broadband Forum indicates that a majority of carriers view interoperability and certification of GPON gear will prove essential for the fiber to the home (FTTH) technology’s future prospects.

BT to field trial fiber to the distribution point technology from Huawei

October 28, 2013

Huawei announced last week on the eve of the Broadband World Forum that it will supply fiber to the distribution point (FTTdp) technology for a field trial BT plans to conduct near its BT Adastral Park R&D center in Ipswich.

ADTRAN offers Crossover Enclosure for FTTN to FTTH migration

October 24, 2013

ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) has unveiled an enclosure that incorporates the multi-service, multi-architecture support capabilities of its flagship Total Access 5000 MSAP family. The company has aimed its ADTRAN Crossover Enclosure at operators who want to offer high-speed broadband services via such technologies as VDSL2 and vectoring in a fiber to the node (FTTN) architecture now, with an eye toward migrating to fiber to the home (FTTH) in the future.

ZTE provides turnkey FTTH network for Jazztel in Spain

October 23, 2013

ZTE Corp. (H: 0763.HK / A: 000063.SZ) says it will deliver a national high-speed broadband fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network deployment for Spanish operator Jazztel. The deployment is progressing satisfactorily and has begun commercial operation, according to the vendor.

ASSIA’s new services accelerate 100-Mbps DSL deployment

October 21, 2013

Copper-based broadband technology specialist ASSIA, Inc. has expanded its range of customized services, the Expresse Solutions portfolio, with the new offering of Active Care for the contact center, and the enhanced offering of Smart Vectoring. These additions are designed to help service providers improve the connected customer experience through enhanced contact center operations and ultra-high-speed broadband access service delivery based on VDSL and vectoring.

Calix integrates E7 platform with T-Series family of indoor ONTs

October 21, 2013

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it has integrated its T-Series family of GPON optical network terminals (ONTs) with its E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs), bringing a variety of new options to its fiber access portfolio.

Genexis gains BBF.247 certification for Hybrid GPON ONT

October 21, 2013

Genexis, an independent supplier of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) home gateways, says it has gained BBF.247 certification of its Hybrid Element GPON optical network termination unit. The Broadband Forum’s BBF.247 certification is a prominent international certification standard in the GPON industry, designed to indicate market readiness and compatibility for interoperability and rollout.

Huawei unveils over coax multi-user prototype

October 17, 2013

Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. has unveiled what it claims is the world's first over coax multi-user access prototype, capable of providing an ultrafast broadband access rate of 1 Gbps over coaxial cables. This technology will enable coaxial network users to experience superfast broadband speeds, the company says.

Alcatel-Lucent unveils DPoE platform, signs Bright House Networks

October 16, 2013

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has announced a DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) option for its 7360 ISAM FX platform. It also has announced a customer for it: Bright House Networks, one of the original sponsors of the CableLabs DPoE specifications.

CenturyLink adds Las Vegas to 1 Gbps FTTP pilot

October 10, 2013

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) says that it will extend its 1-Gbps fiber to the premises (FTTP) pilot project to Las Vegas, NV. The U.S. Tier 1 carrier had previously announced its intention to test FTTP-enable gigabit services in Omaha, NE (see “CenturyLink targets Omaha for 1-Gbps FTTP network pilot”). CenturyLink says it expects to offer 1-Gbps services to homes and businesses in Vegas this fall – and may not be done with its expansion plans.

North American FTTH connections pass 10 million

October 6, 2013

The number of homes in North America connected to a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network has exceeded 10 million for the first time, reported Michael Render, owner and chief analyst at RVA LLC, at last week’s FTTH Conference. RVA is a market research firm that frequently provides research services to the FTTH Council Americas.

The Light Brigade, FTTH Council Americas join on CFHP online training

October 6, 2013

The Light Brigade says it has created an extended marketing relationship with the FTTH Council Americas to promote the online version of the training specialist’s Certified Fiber to the Home Professional (CFHP) fiber-optic training course.