Verizon (New York City) awarded Motorola (Schaumburg, IL) a five-year contract to supply a range of equipment for the deployment of the carrier’s FTTP network. The equipment, to be installed in the carrier’s central offices and customer locations, includes Motorola’s high-density, multiprotocol AXS2200 optical line terminals, intelligent optical-network terminals, and video-optimized EDFA optical amplifiers. Motorola is the second company to supply Verizon with FTTP technology, following Tellabs (Lisle, IL).
Time Warner (New York City) and Comcast(Philadelphia) agreed to acquire substantially all of Adelphia’s (Greenwood Village, CO) U.S. assets for $12.7 billion in cash and 16% of Time Warner Cable common stock. Adelphia’s stakeholders will receive $9.2 billion in cash, with Comcast paying Adelphia an additional $3.5 billion in cash. The agreement does not include Adelphia’s cable-system partnership in Puerto Rico.
JDS Uniphase (JDSU-San Jose, CA) announced the consolidation of its Ewing, NJ, and Melbourne, FL, manufacturing operations into its facility in Shenzhen, China, as well as the facilities of two contract manufacturing partners. The company also plans to transfer its manufacturing facilities in Ewing and Mountain Lakes, NJ, toFabrinet, a manufacturing partner, while reducing manufacturing operations in Santa Rosa, CA. Research and development will continue at all sites, except Mountain Lakes.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital deployed ADVA Optical Networking’s (Munich, Germany) FSP 3000 fiber service platform at its Manhattan campus locations to support an array of high-bandwidth Ethernet and storage services. Multiple spur sites were connected in a 50-km circumferential ring and logical mesh network, enhanced with EDFA modules.
Franklin & Marshall College of Lancaster, PA, upgraded its fiber-network infrastructure using ADC’s (Eden Prairie, MN) TrueNet structured cabling system. The upgrade was installed by telecom integrator D&E Communications(Ephrata, PA).
The Kitsap Public Utility District constructed an FTTP network using World Wide Packets’(Spokane Valley, WA) LightningEdge platform in conjunction with Cisco Systems(San Jose, CA) core equipment. The triple play network spans four cities and five unincorporated towns, providing up to 1-Gbit/sec bandwidth for residents and businesses.
For its FTTP deployment, Elkhart Telephone (Kansas) selected Wave7 Optics’ (Atlanta) Last Mile Link platform. Scheduled for completion next year, the network will provide VoIP, RF video, and high-speed data services to the carrier’s 1,400 residential and business subscribers.
Alcatel (Paris) and Telekom Austria (Vienna) partnered in a pilot project offering triple play services over fiber to homes and businesses. In addition to acting as project integrator, Alcatel has provided its Open Media Suite and NGN products to enable its FTTU (Fiber-to-the-User) platform delivering VoIP and video services.
To upgrade its international IP/MPLS backbone, Tiscali International Network (Milan, Italy) selected ECI Telecom’s (Petah Tikva, Israel) and Chiaro Networks’ (Richardson, TX) Enstara platform. The carrier’s IP/MPLS network infrastructure consists of about 120 locations in more than 15 European countries and in the United States.
Transmode’s (Stockholm) network transmission equipment was selected for use in Com Hem’s (Sweden) fiber core network and service platform to deliver broadband services. The provider’s order was originally placed with Lumentis (Stockholm), which recently merged with Transmode.
Hibernia Atlantic (Dublin) deployed FutureWei’s (Plano, TX) OptiX BWS1600 Multi-Reach DWDM platform to enable advanced Ethernet and wavelength services among the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The submarine network’s redundant rings among Dublin, Manchester (UK), London, New York City, Halifax Nova Scotia), Montreal, and Boston provide dedicated Ethernet and optical-level services at Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10-GbE wavelengths.
UTStarcom (Alameda, CA) announced a contract with Japan Telecom (Tokyo) to deploy several million lines of the company’s NetRing 10000 STM-64 multiservice optical transport platform. The deployment is part of the carrier’s construction of a fixed-line network to deliver high-speed broadband services.
Huawei (Shenzhen, China) selected BroadLight’s (Mountain View, CA) PON platform for both central office optical-line-terminal and customer premises optical-network-terminal equipment, including ITU-T PON controllers, transceivers, and software.
In support of Ethernet and IP services, Sycamore Networks’ (Chelmsford, MA) Universal Service Card has been deployed in NTT’s(Tokyo) optical-switched network. The carrier’s network is built on the company’s SN 3000 and SN 16000 optical switches. The card’s modular architecture supports SONET/SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10-Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.
The FTTH Council Asia-Pacific (Singapore) was formed to promote the extension of fiber access across the Asia-Pacific region, including Greater China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, and Australia/New Zealand. The new organization will maintain close working links with the existing FTTH Council organizations in North America and Europe.