Aug. 1, 2005

BellSouth (Atlanta) selected the Tellabs (Naperville, IL) FiberDirect platform for the FTTC portion of the carrier’s next generation network transformation. The contract grants FTTC exclusivity to Tellabs through the end of next year. Separately, Cable & Wireless (High Wycombe, UK) selected Tellabs’ AssuredEthernet platform and 8800 series multiservice routers to provide metro Ethernet services, while enabling the convergence of Ethernet, Frame Relay, TDM, ATM, and IP services onto a single platform.

UTStarcom (Alameda, CA) supplied its NetRing 2500 STM-16 optical transport platform to Bharat Sanchar Nigam (New Delhi), India’s incumbent and largest provider of telecommunications services.

OnFiber Communications(Austin, TX) deployed the Infinera (Sunnyvale, CA) DTN digital optical platform to enable metro optical networks throughout the Untied States, supporting wavelength, Ethernet, and SONET services. In addition, as part of a network capacity upgrade spanning the U.S. and Europe, Level(3) Communications (Broomfield, CO) installed the company’s DTN platform across a substantial portion of the provider’sfiber-optic network.

OFS (Norcross, GA) has taken Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Co.(YOFC-Shanghai) to federal court, alleging that the Chinese company has infringed on at least four U.S. patents related to singlemode and multimode optical fiber and processes for making optical fiber. OFS is seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction barring the importation and sale of YOFC’s core suite of fiber-based products. In response to the allegations, YOFC issued a statement saying it intends to vigorously defend its reputation against the complaint.

Optical Solutions(Minneapolis) announced the first shipment of its FiberPath 590 OLT+-enhanced GPON platform to Silver Star Communications(Freedom, WY). The provider will use the platform to serve existing copper-based customers and two FTTP subdivisions in Wyoming’s Star Valley.

Mpower Communications (Rochester, NY) expanded its facilities-based network by acquiring the Idacomm (Boise, ID) metro fiber network in Las Vegas. The 141-route-mi network’s three redundant dark fiber rings will connect Mpower’s switch and the majority of its collocation facilities in Las Vegas with a fully redundant core-network architecture. The network is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of next year.

Texas ILEC Livingston Telephone is using the Allied Telesyn (Bothell, WA) LightExplorer CWDM optical transport platform to expand triple play services to Lake Livingston Telephone, a smaller neighboring carrier.

Fujitsu Network Communications (Richardson, TX) and BTI Photonic Systems (Ottawa, Ontario) announced an OEM alliance, integrating BTI’s Netstender platform into Fujitsu’s Flashwave portfolio, where it will be called the Flashwave 7120 optical extension system. Also, Fujitsu and Hammerhead Systems (Mountain View, CA) announced an OEM agreement to integrate Hammerhead’s HSX 6000 platform into the Flashwave portfolio, where it will be called the Flashwave 6400 Layer 2.5 aggregation switch.

Group Telecom (Vancouver, British Columbia), Rogers Wireless (Montreal), andExpedient Communications (Sunnyvale, CA) all deployed the Anda Networks (Sunnyvale, CA) EtherTone Ethernet access and micro MSPP aggregation platforms to converge broadband data and voice services over standard Ethernet connections, while also providing bandwidth for high-capacity wireless backhaul applications.

Researchers at Ball State University’s Institute for Wireless Innovation (Muncie, IN) installed thefSONA Systems (McLean, VA) point-to-point free-space optical equipment.

Valley Telecom Group (Willcox, AZ) picked the Wave7 Optics (Atlanta) Last Mile Link (LML) FTTP PON equipment to deliver triple play services in Willcox and Safford, AZ. The network construction, partially funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service loan, will eventually pass more than 7,000 homes and businesses. The platform will also provide FTTP service to a New Mexico Tech University site in Playas, NM.

JDS Uniphase (JDSU-San Jose, CA) acquired Photonic Power Systems (Cupertino, CA), provider of GaAs- and InP-based devices for delivering electrical power over fiber for electronic applications. Also,Emcore (Somerset, NJ) acquired JDSU’sanalog cable TV and RF-over-fiber specialty businesses, paying JDSU $1.5 million at closing and agreeing to purchase between $2.8 million and $3.8 million of components and parts over the next two years. Separately, BellSouth (Atlanta) selected JDSU’s WaveReady WDM platform to enable passive optical transport in the loop portion of the carrier’s broadband network.

The city of Provo, UT, deployed the ADC (Minneapolis) OmniReach FTTX platform in support of the municipally owned iProvo fiber-optic network, which offers triple play services to the city’s homes and businesses.

Impsat Fiber Networks (Buenos Aires) enhanced its Latin American backbone infrastructure using Nortel Networks (Ottawa, Ontario) optical technology. Nortel’s Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 optical convergence platform was implemented to migrate the provider’s SONET/SDH network to a high-speed packet optical infrastructure.

Endavo Media (Salt Lake City) and WV Fiber (Atlanta) announced plans to distribute Endavo-enabled IP content and services, including voice, video, and application-level data services, over WV’s nationwide fiber network. The implementation follows a November 2004 announcement of the companies’ intention to jointly develop a nationwide IP multicast network.

Wintegra (Austin, TX) and PMC-Sierra (Santa Clara, CA) formed a strategic relationship to provide system devices for multiservice, passive optical, and metro networking as well as wireless service backhaul applications. The companies introduced a joint reference-design platform combining Wintegra’s 787M6 WinPath access processor and Universal Front End with PMC-Sierra’s Temux-84 and Arrow framer/mapper devices to create a multiservice system supporting IP, ATM, Frame Relay, IMA, and ATM circuit emulation as well as pseudowire emulation over a channelized OC-3.

BroadLight (Mountain View, CA) and Resolute Networks (Modi’in, Israel) introduced a joint circuit emulation services (CES) platform to enable GPON equipment manufacturers to incorporate T1/E1 voice, leased-line, and Frame Relay services into FTTP access networks. The joint CES over GPON (CESoGPON) platform, based on BroadLight’s BL2000 GPON system-on-chip and Resolute’s pseudowire CES modules, enables transparent delivery of TDM services through central office and customer premises GPON equipment.

Lumera (Bothell, WA) received its sixth U.S. patent for its optical modulator design. The patent, titled “Multi-layer Electro-optic Polymers Modulators with Reduced Optical Coupling Loss,” addresses the streamlining of materials and fabrication techniques used to manufacture the modulators in high volumes. The modulators are designed to reduce optical loss in telecom and data networks.

Nexans (Paris) was awarded a contract by Atlas Telecom Network Romania (Bucharest) to supply 2,300 km of fiber-optic cables and about 6,000 km of copper telecom cables. The operator is developing a project, based on Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication technology, to provide data and voice services for 20 cities in Romania, including Bucharest.

Marconi (London) announced that Magyar Telekom (Budapest), Hungary’s incumbent telecom and Internet service provider (formerly known as Matáv), will upgrade its SDH transport network using Marconi’s OMS1664, OMS840, and SMA1/4UC multiservice optical platforms as well as the company’s ServiceOn network management system.

Acome (Paris) was selected to supply optical cables for the motorway network of SAPN (Paris), the Paris-Normandy motorway company. Several thousand kilometers of the company’s enhanced singlemode optical fiber will be installed alongside the A13 carriageway.

Elion Enterprises (Tallinn, Estonia) signed a contract with Alcatel (Paris) for delivery of Alcatel’s 7340 FTTU PON platform for installation in Merirahu and Alasniidu, two greenfield sites near Tallinn.

Telewest(London) upgraded its national core and edge network to converge four networks for voice, video, broadband, and business data services onto a single platform, using the Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) IP Next Generation Network platform. The provider upgraded 14 regional headends and 64 hub sites to a Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure, using the Cisco’s 7609 routers with integrated DWDM pluggable optics, to enable a dual 10-Gbit/sec capacity network for the provider’s distributed TV-on-demand service deployment.

Kingston Communications (East Yorkshire, UK) selected the Terawave (Hayward, CA) PON multiservice converged broadband access platform to facilitate the delivery of FTTP services for the provider’s customers in Lincs, UK.

T-Online (Darmstadt, Germany), part of Deutsche Telekom, selected the Ciena(Linthicum, MD) CoreStream Agility optical transport platform as part of the operator’s program to expand its network infrastructure across France.

Tiscali International Network (Sardinia, Italy) deployed the Chiaro Networks (Richardson, TX) Enstara core-router platform as part of an upgrade to the carrier’s international IP/MPLS backbone. The installation was overseen by support teams from Chiaro and ECI Telecom(Petach Tikva, Israel). The deployment was the first since ECI became the platform’s exclusive global distributor.

Transmode (Stockholm) signed a multimillion-euro contract with Norwegian service provider Telenor (Oslo) to provide its Mentis platform. In addition, Transmode entered the North American market by appointing Anders Lundberg, former chief executive of Lumentis, as CEO of the newly established Transmode Inc. (Plano, TX). Transmode acquired Lumentis last March.

Amedia Networks’ (Eatontown, NJ) QoStream PG1000 Premises Gateway was selected by Tai Long Communications (Chengdu, China) for the provider’s nationwide project to deploy open access networks capable of carrying up to 100-Mbit/sec triple play broadband services. The two-year contract could be worth $9 million.

Kabelvision(Jakarta, Indonesia) will deploy the Corning (Corning, NY) NexCor singlemode fiber in an expansion of the provider’s HFC network. PT Communication Cable Systems Indonesia(Jakarta) will provide the cabling for the project.

China NetCom (CNC-Chengdu) is deploying the Alloptics (Livermore, CA) GEPON access-network platform to provide triple play services to multidwelling units and residential communities in China’s Sichuan provinces as well as provide backhaul services for CNC’s WiFi and SCDMA wireless networks.

TOT Corp. (formerly Telephone Organization of Thailand-Bangkok) upgraded its core network for the Bangkok metropolitan area using the Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) ONS 15454 multiservice transport platform.

Korean telecom provider Dacom (Seoul) deployed theECI Telecom (Petach Tikva, Israel) XDM MSPP in its backbone and metro networks. The DWDM network supports wavelengths up to 10 Gbits/sec, spans the cities of Jungdong, Kyoung, Chung, Kangbuk, Yoeui, and Kangnam, and connects the KIDC (Seoul) data center.

StarHub (Singapore) deployed the Ciena (Linthicum, MD) DN 7000 multiservice edge switches to aggregate and backhaul voice and data traffic in the provider’s 3G Universal Mobile Telecommunications System network. Separately, Japan’s Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM-Tokyo) deployed Ciena’s optical Ethernet platforms to enable transport of video on demand services for the operator’s “J:COM On Demand” digital services offering.

Corrigent Systems’ (San Jose, CA) CM-100 packet add/drop multiplexer was selected by KDDI (Tokyo) to further expand the carrier’s packet-based metro transport network. KDDI will use the 10-Gbit/sec multiplexer platform for the second phase of the network’s deployment.

Lucent Technologies(Murray Hill, NJ) announced optical-networking contracts with Zhongshan Telecom and Zhuhai Telecom, two local-branch companies of Guangdong Telecom, a provincial subsidiary of China Telecom(Beijing). Lucent will supply its LambdaUnite multiservice switch and Metropolis ADM MultiService Mux for the networks in Zhongshan and Zhuhai, allowing the companies to optimize their existing network architectures. Also, under terms of a cooperation agreement, ZTE (Shenzhen, China) will provide its fixed next generation network (NGN) for China Telecom’s backbone long-distance voice-network-upgrade program. The upgrade, incorporating operation, maintenance, and management functions, will enable numerous domestic transmission centers throughout China’s provinces. In a separate development, ZTE was selected by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU-Geneva) to edit a new recommendation, G.adc, for the standardization of adaptive dispersion compensators.

Motorola(Schaumburg, IL) provided its optical access platform in an FTTP deployment for the city of Philippi, WV. The company selected Cable Constructors (Iron Mountain, MI) as its partner in the deployment. The platform includes the company’s AXS2200 multiprotocol OLTs and intelligent ONTs as well as its video-optimized optical amplifiers.

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