RUS accepts Hitachi's single-fiber RFoG module

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 -- The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae," "Access Equipment."

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 -- Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc. (Hitachi-CTA) has revealed that Hitachi's Node+Zero RF over glass (RFoG) module has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs.

The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae," "Access Equipment." RUS listing also means that the module can be deployed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Within the ARRA, RUS is managing the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), with a total of $2.5 billion to be awarded to build broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved rural areas.

USDA RUS listing allows broadband service providers serving communities of up to 20,000 population to install Hitachi's Node+Zero RFoG module using funding obtained under the RUS programs. As defined by the USDA, the RUS Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs are designed to ensure that rural consumers enjoy the same quality and range of telecommunications services as are available in urban and suburban communities.

"Hitachi is demonstrating its commitment and leadership in providing broadband access solutions for a wide range of communication service providers with RUS acceptance of the Node+Zero RFoG product," says consultant and analyst Kermit Ross, principal of Millennium Marketing. "Many telcos also operate RF video networks. The Node+Zero enables them to quickly migrate these networks to all-fiber architectures, without tearing apart their video operations. Once they’ve done that, they’re ready for whatever demands the future holds."

"The Node+Zero RFoG combined with our AMN1220 GPON product on the RUS List of Materials adds flexibility and power to Hitachi's optical access solutions offering," says Rick Schiavinato, vice president, sales and marketing, Hitachi-CTA. "The combination allows network operators to tailor their networks to actual bandwidth demand and revenue potential."


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