9 June 2003 Paris Lightwave -- Alcatel today announced that FCI Broadband, a division of Futureway Communications Inc., a Canadian competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), will deploy the Alcatel 7340 Fiber-to-the-User (FTTU) solution to deliver voice, video, and data over its high-speed optical network.
The Alcatel fiber solution delivers the "triple play" of services, including four active phone lines; Internet access; hundreds of television channels without the requirement for a set-top box; and, as they continue to emerge, bandwidth- and speed-sensitive services like HDTV, online gaming, music downloads, and video-on-demand. In the case of FCI Broadband, multiple lines of toll-quality voice are delivered over a single connection via leading technology from General Bandwidth Inc.
"As a competitor in the telecommunications business, FCI Broadband has succeeded because it has been able to build a network optimized for customer satisfaction," contends Nick Melatti, chief operating officer, FCI Broadband, a division of Futureway Communications Inc. "The decision to expand this network by delivering fiber directly to our customer base, using the leading Alcatel solution, means we can confidently evolve our offerings based on the right service mix, guaranteed reliability, and low maintenance costs--assuring continued customer loyalty," he adds.
Futureway is Alcatel's first announced FTTU customer in the Canadian market space. "We see Canada a very viable and exciting market for fiber to the user," asserts Mark Klimek, senior director of business development at Alcatel. "I think achieving this first customer certainly validates that assumption and that view. We're excited about future prospects."
Alcatel's announcement comes on the heels of last week's SuperComm conference where talk of FTTx was prevalent, thanks to the impending BellSouth/SBC/Verizon Request for Proposal (RFP) for a common FTTx architecture.
"Certainly, we're excited by the prospect of the three RBOCs throwing their weight behind this and becoming more widescale deployers," says Klimek. "They haven't published any numbers that I'm aware of in terms of how many lines or how much fiber to the premise that they are planning on doing, but the fact that they're going to agree on a common network architecture and a common technology can certainly do nothing but make it easier for not only them but also other operators to move forward. I think the future looks pretty bright," he adds.