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Vodacom to deploy GPON FTTP in South Africa

January 26, 2015

Vodacom, South Africa's largest mobile service provider, plans to build a GPON-based fiber to the premises (FTTP) network to expand its service range for the enterprise and residential markets. Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) will supply the GPON broadband access network equipment.

Northwestern Indiana Tel sees FTTH traffic double

January 26, 2015

Northwestern Indiana Telephone Co. (NITCO) saw the traffic on its fiber to the home (FTTH) network double in 2014, according to the service provider's broadband access equipment vendor, ADTRAN, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADTN). The jump comes from a combination of new subscribers and greater bandwidth demand per subscriber, ADTRAN reports.

Washington State University deploys passive optical LAN with Zhone

January 20, 2015

Fiber-optic broadband access equipment supplier Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) says that Washington State University (WSU) has deployed the company's FiberLAN passlive optical LAN gear. The deployment, conducted in partnership with Leidos Engineering, will boost the broadband access speeds available to the university's on-campus housing.

AFL adds to patent portfolio

January 15, 2015

AFL says it recently has been awarded four new patents. They cover technologies related to the company’s Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA) line, fiber-optic cable and test and inspection products.

President Obama backs municipal broadband efforts

January 15, 2015

At a speech in Cedar Falls, IA, President Barack Obama stated his support for the right of municipalities to build and operate broadband access networks. The President set up a potential showdown between the Federal Government and the governments of the 19 states that have restricted community-supplied broadband initiatives.

Covage wins Seine-et-Marne FTTH deal

January 13, 2015

Covage, the French company of Axia NetMedia Corp. (TSX: AXX), has been selected as a major partner in a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Seine-et-Marne, France. The fiber-optic network will pass 319,000 homes when completed.

Hilliary Communications upgrades FTTH network to gigabit speeds with ADTRAN

January 13, 2015

Hilliary Communications will upgrade its fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure in Oklahoma and north central Texas with 1-Gbps service capabilities using technology from ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN), the technology vendor announced.

Sckipio gives G.fast a workout at CES

January 7, 2015

Semiconductor startup Sckipio Technologies is using the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week to demonstrate the capabilities of G.fast – and, by extension, its G.fast chips. The demonstrations include compatibility with software-defined networking (SDN), reverse powering of G.fast distribution point units (DPUs), and transmission of 4K video.

Kentucky launches private/public partnership for middle-mile network

January 5, 2015

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced on December 23 the selection of Macquarie Capital as the Commonwealth's partner in the development and deployment of a state-wide open access middle-mile fiber-optic network. Construction of the network should begin this year and finish in April 2016, the planners expect.

US Internet offers 10-Gbps broadband access via FTTP

January 5, 2015

US Internet has launched what it asserts is the world's first 10-Gbps broadband access offering in Minneapolis, MN. The company will charge its residential and small business customers $399 a month for the service.

BT plans fiber to the basement trial in London

December 22, 2014

BT says it plans to try out a new fiber to the basement technique in a pair of buildings within the City of London beginning in January 2015. The carrier says it developed and funded the technology under test itself.

Molex OptoConnect optical enclosures simplify fiber mapping

December 18, 2014

Molex Inc. says its new OptoConnect Custom Optical Enclosures simplify complex fiber-optic mapping issues, using integrated FlexPlane optical circuitry. The enclosures provide a complete end-to-end optical management system that interfaces with high density telecom and datacom equipment from a variety of manufacturers, the company assets.

G.fast chip vendor Sckipio Technologies closes Series B funding

December 8, 2014

Sckipio Technologies, a startup focused on provision of G.fast modem chipsets, celebrated the recent ratification of the G.fast standard by revealing it has raised $17 million in Series B funding. Pitango Venture Capital, a new investor, led the round with Sckipio's existing investors Gemini Israel Ventures, Genesis Partners, Amiti Ventures, and Aviv Ventures joining in.

G.fast standard ratified by ITU

December 8, 2014

The ITU announced December 5 that its members successfully met industry's "by the end of the year" expectations for ratifying the G.fast standard. The organization added that its ITU-T Study Group 15 is already hard at work on extensions.

BT completes superfast subsea links to Scottish Islands

December 8, 2014

The Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project partners are celebrating the installation of 250 miles of fiber-optic cables across a record-breaking 20 seabed crossings. The "once in a generation" undersea cable project to connect the Highlands and Islands been hailed as the most complex subsea engineering challenge ever undertaken by BT in UK waters.

NBN Co revises Australian national broadband deployment plans

December 1, 2014

NBN Co, the company tasked with deploying Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), as released a revised deployment schedule. The schedule reflects a switch in technology emphasis from fiber to the home (FTTH) to fiber to the node (FTTN) as mandated when the Australian government changed hands in the Fall of 2013 (see "Government shifts Australia’s National Broadband Network away from FTTH").

AT&T to FCC: You've got our FTTH plans all wrong

December 1, 2014

AT&T has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that the Commission (and just about everyone else) misinterpreted comments from AT&T President and CEO Randall Stephenson regarding the service provider's unwillingness to roll out high-speed broadband services due to Net Neutrality concerns.

Has BT shut down its DSL management system?

November 26, 2014

DSL and fiber-optic network management software company ASSIA asserts that BT has shut down the dynamic line management (DLM) system for the DSL portions of its Next Generation Access (NGA) network in the wake of an unfavorable court ruling in the two companies' ongoing patent dispute. A BT spokesman did not directly confirm or deny ASSIA's announcement.

FTTH subscribers in Asia-Pacific hit 100 million

November 25, 2014

Market research firm Ovum and the FTTH Council Asia-Pacific say that the number of customers receiving broadband services via fiber to the home (FTTH) networks in the Asia-Pacific region has reached 100 million.

Energy-efficient point-to-point optical transceiver, virtual home gateway are latest from GreenTouch Consortium

November 25, 2014

GreenTouch, a global ICT consortium focused on improving the energy efficiency of communications networks, has complemented its earlier work on energy-saving PON architectures (see "Bit-Interleaved PON offers dramatic FTTH power savings, says GreenTouch") with two new ideas aimed at broadband access networks. The group has unveiled designs for a point-to-point optical transceiver and virtual home gateway that GreenTouch asserts could reduce wireline access network energy consumption by a combined 46%.

Pressure points for 2015

November 25, 2014

An uneven 2014 is coming to an end. Here's a look at what 2015 may bring in the way of optical communications technology trends.

The next 30 years

November 25, 2014

Having marked the start of the year of our 30th anniversary with a look at how much fiber-optic communications has progressed over our three decades of existence, I think we should end the year with a look at how optical communications will evolve over the next three decades.

DSL drop off means flat 3Q14 broadband systems market says Infonetics

November 24, 2014

A drop in sales of DSL equipment negated continued growth in PON equipment demand in the third quarter of 2014, says market research firm Infonetics Research in its 3Q14 "PON, FTTH, and DSL Aggregation Equipment and Subscribers" report. The $2 billion in sales for the quarter represented a 1% sequential fall off, according to the report.

Passive optical LAN from Tellabs choice of SK Food Group

November 24, 2014

Tellabs says that SK Food Group has installed a passive optical LAN in its new manufacturing facility in Columbus, OH, to support a wide variety of communications needs. Fiber-optic network integrator STAT Communications performed the installation.

BT enables superfast broadband on Isles of Scilly

November 24, 2014

UK operator BT reports that an ambitious project to bring superfast broadband to a remote community has just been completed with the first customers already using the high-speed technology. Isles of Scilly households and businesses now have access to broadband speeds up to 80 Mbps, which is 10X faster than the previous maximum of up to 8 Mbps.

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