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Smart transceivers reduce capex/opex of network upgrades and new deployments

October 30, 2014

A new class of pluggable transceiver modules is attracting a lot of interest these days. Module suppliers call the new set of transceivers
"intelligent transceivers," "pluggable NIDs," "smart SFPs," or other eye-catching names. The new type of transceivers – let’s call it "smart transceivers" – combines an optical interface with various system functions in standard SFP format.

1 Gbps FTTH across Ireland on tap from eircom

October 28, 2014

Irish national carrier eircom Group, which had previously focused on broadband access via fiber to the cabinet (see "eircom turns on vectoring to support 100-Mbps broadband speeds"), now says it will roll out gigabit speeds via fiber to the home. The service provider has targeted 66 communities for the new services, which will be provided "as demand for this connectivity emerges," eircom says.

Frontier adds Oregon to gigabit broadband efforts

October 28, 2014

Shortly after its first gigabit broadband access deployment announcement, in North Carolina, Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) says gigabit speeds are now available to residential customers in "select neighborhoods" of Beaverton, OR.

Elauwit deploys Tellabs' Optical LAN in five college campuses

October 28, 2014

Tellabs Inc. (NASDAQ: TLAB) says that campus housing service provider Elauwit Networks has expanded the deployment of Tellabs’ Optical LAN to five additional college campuses, following the deployment across eight colleges in 2013.

G.fast field trials underway says ADTRAN

October 27, 2014

ADTRAN Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) announced last week at the Broadband World Forum that its G.fast broadband access technology is in field trials with service providers in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. The trials involve the ADTRAN 500G Series, "a portfolio of fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) environmentally sealed platforms," in the words of an ADTRAN press release.

AFL ups OSP MicroCore Cable fiber count to 432

October 27, 2014

AFL says it has expanded its OSP MicroCore air-jetted fiber-optic cable portfolio with a 432 fiber-count version. The Telcordia GR-20 compliant MicroCore cable features a 12.6-mm outer diameter, which AFL asserts makes it one of the world’s smallest high fiber count fiber cables.

Huawei develops 100G TWDM-PON

October 27, 2014

While commercial equipment for 40-Gbps time and wavelength division PON (TWDM-PON) has just been announced, Huawei says it has demonstrated 100-Gbps versions of the technology in the lab. The company says it has achieved 4x25-Gbps TWDM-PON transmission, verified via a lab prototype.

Frontier lights gigabit fiber network in Durham

October 27, 2014

Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) has joined the gigabit broadband party. The company says network speeds up to 1 Gbps are immediately available to business and residential customers in selected communities in Durham, NC.

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.

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