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enet's fibredirect broadband service for Irish businesses to leverage Calix FTTP gear

October 22, 2014

Broadband access network equipment provider Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says it will supply its Calix E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and P- and T-Series fiber services gateways to enet, a private company that operates and manages a nationwide fiber-optic network for the Irish State. The company will use the equipment to support the rollout of its "fibredirect" fiber-enabled wholesale services for ISPs targeting small and medium-sized businesses across Ireland.

Broadcom debuts end-to-end G.fast offering

October 22, 2014

Communications semiconductor vendor Broadcom Corp. (NASDAQ: BRCM) has unveiled a G.fast chipset family as well as G.fast capabilities for its BCM63138 gateway system on a chip (SoC). The new chips and capabilities provide the highest density approach available for end-to-end G.fast equipment design, Broadcom asserts.

G.fast ONT available early next year says Alcatel-Lucent

October 22, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it will make a G.fast optical network terminal (ONT) available in the first quarter of 2015 (about the same time its newly announced TWDM-PON capability will hit the market; see "Alcatel-Lucent unveils TWDM-PON"). The systems house is touting gigabit-speed capabilities for the 7368 ISAM single-port G.fast ONT, but so far hasn’t quoted the distance at which it expects to support such speeds in typical copper networks.

Alcatel-Lucent unveils TWDM-PON

October 21, 2014

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) says it will offer a line card and complementary optical network terminal (ONT) for its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager FX platform that will support time and wavelength division multiplexed PON (TWDM-PON). The upgrade will support four wavelengths of 10 Gbps each.

Next Century Cities collaborate to promote gigabit broadband

October 20, 2014

Thirty-two cities have launched a collaborative effort to promote deployment and use of gigabit-level broadband access networks. The Next Century Cities initiative launched October 20 at a kickoff ceremony in Santa Monica, CA, aims to promote the importance of gigabit-level Internet to attract new businesses and create jobs, improve health care and education, and connect residents to new opportunities.

Broadbandtrends gigabit broadband deployment drivers

Gigabit broadband driven by technology leadership desire survey says

October 20, 2014

Such deployments are moving forward despite doubts operators expressed about customer needs for such speeds, according to the market research firm’s 2014 "Global Service Provider Survey – Gigabit Broadband Services."

XG-PON deployment by Telefónica supports 1-Gbps FTTH

October 17, 2014

Spanish service provider Telefónica has chosen Huawei to supply 10-Gbps capable XG-PON equipment to support provision of symmetrical 1-Gbps fiber to the home home (FTTH) services. The operator expects to use the new equipment to launch the 1-Gbps services next year.

First G.fast customer connected by Telekom Austria's A1 as part of trial

October 16, 2014

A1, the domestic service provider subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, says it connected the first customer in the world to a G.fast link. The connection formed part of a G.fast demonstration conducted with Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) that included transmission of services at rates greater than 100 Mbps. The test sets the stage for commercial launch of G.fast supported services in 2016, A1 says.

Atlanta, Chicago next up for 1-Gbps GigaPower service says AT&T

October 15, 2014

AT&T says it plans to roll out its 1-Gbps U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service in the Chicago and Atlanta areas. Other Georgia communities also will receive the service.

ASSIA offers Optical Network Expresse for PON infrastructure

October 14, 2014

ASSIA, Inc. has extended its DSL Expresse network management and optimization platform capabilities into the optical realm. The new Optical Network Expresse (ON-Expresse) platform promises a range of network optimization, customer service assistance, service planning, and troubleshooting capabilities for PON-based broadband access networks, including fiber-to-the-basement (FTTB), fiber-to-the-distribution-point (FTTdp), and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) architectures.

AT&T completes gigabit upgrade for Austin customers

October 14, 2014

AT&T says it has transitioned all U-verse with GigaPower customers to gigabit speeds and has doubled the reach of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Austin, TX, and surrounding communities in a recently completed expansion.

Lumbee River Electric chooses Calix GPON equipment

October 9, 2014

Calix Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says that Lumbee River Electric Membership Corp. (LREMC) has selected the Calix E7-20 and E7-2 Ethernet Service Access Platforms (ESAPs) and 700GE series optical network terminals (ONTs) to deliver voice, video, and high-speed data services to residents and businesses in North Carolina's Robeson County. The LREMC open access network will use GPON technology for service delivery.

G.fast chipsets from Sckipio Technologies debut

October 8, 2014

Communications semiconductor startup Sckipio Technologies has boosted the rush to G.fast with the announcement of the DP3000 G.fast DPU Chipset and CP1000 G.fast CPE Chipset. Both are based on the ITU’s upcoming G.fast Recommendations G.9700/G.9701. The company is touting nine design wins for one or both of the chipsets, which can be used to support the transmission of an upstream/downstream aggregate of 1 Gbps over copper via fiber to the distribution point (FTTdp) architectures.

Clearfield FieldSmart ZoneBox

Clearfield FieldSmart ZoneBox targets ceiling, floor installations

October 6, 2014

Fiber management and connectivity supplier Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD) has unveiled the latest addition to its FieldSmart family of products, the FieldSmart ZoneBox. The ZoneBox is a ceiling or floor mount panel for fiber-optic cables in inside plant applications, including passive optical LAN (POLAN), fiber demarcation, CATV, entrance facilities, security systems (CCTV), telecommunications rooms, and MDUs.

Cox to offer residential gigabit serves in Phoenix this month

October 6, 2014

Cable MSO Cox Communications says it will launch 1-Gbps broadband services to residents of Phoenix, AZ, later this month. The company promised to extend the new service, branded "G1GABLAST," to additional cities this year and "market-wide" by 2016.

Hyperoptic targets four more UK cities for gigabit broadband

October 6, 2014

UK alternative broadband services provider Hyperoptic says it will roll out its gigabit fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Nottingham. The new cities, in addition to the recently announced expansion into Glasgow, Scotland, will extend the operator’s footprint to more than 75,000 homes spanning 480 sites, with a target of half a million homes by 2018.

RST Global Communications chooses WDM-PON gear from Transmode

October 6, 2014

Optical transport systems vendor Transmode says that North Carolina alternative operator RST Global Communications LLC has begun to deploy the optical systems company’s iWDM-PON equipment. RST will use the gear, part of Transmode’s iAccess portfolio, to support Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services provision.

Lantiq intros 300-Mbps capable FTTdp chipset

October 2, 2014

Broadband access and home networking semiconductor vendor Lantiq has announced commercial availability of VINAX dp, a chipset optimized for fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) applications.

Light Brigade expands fiber-optic training offerings in Canada

October 1, 2014

Light Brigade, the education and training unit of AFL, will increase its slate of fiber-optic training sessions in Canada to 13 next year. The sessions will include several of the company’s more popular courses, including "Fiber Optics 1-2-3," "Advanced Hands-on Training," "FTTx for Installers and Technicians," "Fiber Optics for Oil/Gas," "Fiber Optics for Mining Applications," and "Fiber Optics for ITS, Traffic, Fire Alarm, and Communication Systems."

Ikanos attracts Alcatel-Lucent as a strategic investor

September 30, 2014

Broadband communications semiconductor and software supplier Ikanos Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: IKAN) has announced a new $16.25 million round of funding that includes both Tallwood Venture Capital, the company’s largest existing investor, as well as a new strategic investor, Alcatel-Lucent (EURONEXT PARIS: ALU; NYSE: ALU). The relationship with the systems house extends beyond financing to include co-development of “ultra-broadband” products.

GVTC switches on gigabit Internet in San Antonio area

September 30, 2014

GVTC Communications says that residential and business customers in the San Antonio area now have access to 1-Gbps broadband access network speeds and claims it is among the first to deliver gigabit speeds across such a vast region.

Telefónica signs broad R&D agreement with Huawei

September 29, 2014

Spanish incumbent Telefónica has deepened its relationship with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The pair have signed an agreement to develop areas of common interest that could lead to "the transformation of the digital environment."

BT says trials prove gigabit potential of G.fast technology

September 29, 2014

BT has completed field trials to show that "ultrafast" broadband – with combined downstream and upstream speeds of up to 1 Gbps – can be delivered via a mix of copper and fiber-optic cable.

2014 FTTXcellence Award winner helps AT&T power 1 Gbps

September 17, 2014

AT&T has stepped up to the challenge of providing high-speed fiber-optic broadband services with its 1-Gbps AT&T U-verse with GigaPower service. Part of the service provider's Project Velocity IP (VIP) effort, the brownfield fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments began in Austin, TX.

Connecticut communities combine for gigabit broadband RFQ

September 15, 2014

The mayors of New Haven, Stamford, and West Hartford, CT, along with state officials, have announced a joint request for qualifications (RFQ) for the development and provision of gigabit broadband networks. They’ve also invited other state communities to join the party.

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