8 October 2003 Atlanta, GA Lightwave -- Hitachi Ltd. and Hitachi Telecom (USA) Inc. have introduced a triple play, FSAN-compliant B-PON system to the AMN1200 Access family. The companies have also announced a joint relationship with Wave7 Optics for the FTTx market; the B-PON product is the first benefactor of this partnership.
Hitachi's new BPON system transmits data, voice, and video at speeds up to 622 Mbits/sec to a home or small office and offers a suite of feature-rich applications, say company representatives. The Standards-based B-PON supports 10-/100-Mbit/sec Ethernet services (data, VPN, Internet access, VoIP), POTS, and video that accommodates current standard set top boxes and HDTV (in the future). The system also features a patent-pending RF return capability.
The B-PON addresses North America's move towards FTTx solutions. Throughout Asia, Hitachi has deployed more than 200,000 PON and Point-to-Point systems since 1994 with orders expected to reach 300,000 worldwide by the end of the year. Hitachi's triple play B-PON is designed to complement the needs specific to the North American market. It is compliant with ITU-T G.983 standards and uses WDM technology to implement bi-directional transmission over a single optical fiber (622 Mbits/sec downstream, 156 Mbits/sec upstream).
Hitachi has also announced a joint relationship with Wave7 Optics in response to the interest in FTTx generated by the RBOCs. The companies have formed a working relationship to combine core competencies and create a unique and affordable solution to offer the market.
"By combining Hitachi and Wave7's expertise, we expect to repeat the ongoing success experienced by Hitachi with our optical access products in Asia," contends Frank Banks, vice president of sales at Hitachi Telecom. "Our joint development efforts have produced an industry leading triple play B-PON solution that will compliment the rest of our optical access product family consisting of Ethernet B-PON, Point-to-Point and GbE-PON from Hitachi."
"We are very pleased to be working with Hitachi Telecom," adds Emmanuel Vella, chief marketing officer of Wave7 Optics. "Hitachi's rich legacy of industry-leading telecommunications products and Wave7's innovations in optical access will result in a series of revolutionary access products for our customers."