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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.

Sumitomo Electric launches 10G-EPON line cards

November 20, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. has released 10G symmetrical EPON line cards for use with its FSU7100 series of optical line terminals (OLT). The FCM7133 line cards support 10X the bandwidth of the current 1G line cards to service the growing needs of both commercial and residential broadband applications, the company says.

Calix supports gigabit fiber network in Jackson, Wyoming

November 18, 2014

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) says Silver Star Communications has selected E7-2 and E7-20 Ethernet Services Access Platforms (ESAPs) and 700GE optical network terminals (ONTs) as well as the Calix 844G GigaCenter for its Gigabiz initiative in Jackson, WY.

FCC wants AT&T GigaPower FTTH details

November 17, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and AT&T took turns applying pressure to each other last week in reaction to President Barak Obama's support of Title II classification (albeit with a withhold on rate regulation) as an engine toward net neutrality. The FCC may be squeezing tighter.

ASSIA wins another round in DSL patent fight with BT

November 14, 2014

Broadband access network management software vendor ASSIA, Inc. reports the UK Court of Appeal in London has affirmed a High Court judgment against BT in a patent fight, while adding a second victory for the company. The Court of Appeal agreed with the High Court that BT infringed on one ASSIA broadband management patent covering dynamic spectrum management techniques, then added that it believes BT infringed on another patent as well.

Google Fiber to offer small business services in Kansas City via FTTP

November 13, 2014

Google Fiber says it will finally begin to offer high-speed broadband access services to small businesses in "select areas" of central Kansas City via its fiber to the premises (FTTP) network.

Icotera launches Layer 2 point-to-point residential fiber gateway for open access FTTH

November 13, 2014

Danish company Icotera A/S has unveiled a point-to-point Layer 2 residential fiber gateway – the IGW 1000 S – designed to address the growing popularity of open access networks for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH).

Monaco Telecom to manage FTTH cable nets with Huawei D-CCAP platform

November 10, 2014

Monaco Telecom has selected Huawei's distributed converged cable access platform (D-CCAP) to manage its broadband access networks. The carrier's network, which combines fiber to the home (FTTH) and hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) infrastructure, will support services from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps as part of an upgrade project.

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Quantum Type-Q101-CA-PLUS fusion splicer

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave launches Wi-Fi enabled QuantumCA-PLUS fusion splicer

November 6, 2014

Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has introduced its next-generation single-fiber core alignment fusion splicer, the Quantum Type-Q101-CA-PLUS.

IEEE delivers EPON interoperability test program

November 6, 2014

The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) has unveiled three new standards for conformance testing procedures for IEEE 1904.1Standard for Service Interoperability in Ethernet Passive Optical Networks (SIEPON).

RFoG from ARRIS the choice of Spain's R

November 4, 2014

Spanish cable operator R Cable y Telecomunicaciones Galicia, simply known as R, has selected radio-frequency-over-glass (RFoG) technology from ARRIS Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) to improve bandwidth provisioning, drive efficiency across its network, and ensure legacy infrastructure can be expanded with fiber to the premises (FTTP) RFoG extensions.

BCE takes Bell Aliant private

November 4, 2014

BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), formerly known as Bell Canada Enterprises, says it has completed the privatization of Bell Aliant and has fully integrated the Atlantic Canada affiliate into its operations.

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