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Tuesday, September 09, 2003


NFOEC news

The National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference is underway in Orlando this week and several vendors have announcements of interest:

"OFS and Alloptic Extend EPON Reach to 16km"
"OFS and Alloptic are demonstrating a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) solution with a reach of 16 km, about 60% further than conventional EPON solutions."

"LightRiver, Lucent Team on Utilities"
"LightRiver, a key accredited Lucent Business Partner, and its affiliate LightSpeed Technologies, have delivered targeted data and optical networking solutions to Pacific Gas & Electric, Nevada Power and a major Maryland power producer."

"LightRiver Technologies, armed with Lucent's metro optical products, is working with a number of utility companies who are upgrading their communications equipment as part of an industry-wide initiative known as Substation Automation. As a part of this, utility companies have been modernizing their equipment and processes to improve service reliability, offer new services to their internal customers, and reduce operational and maintenance costs. Optical networking solutions deliver tremendous bandwidth, redundancy, and 'self-healing' qualities in addition to the 'carrier-grade' reliability utilities need to ensure cost-effective, secure, and reliable service."

"Corning Converts Fiber"
"Corning Incorporated ... today announced the global conversion of its standard single-mode fiber product portfolio to Corning® SMF-28e® optical fiber ... The company also announced significant advancements in both optical and geometry specifications for SMF-28e fiber."

"ADC Enters Alliance with Sumitomo Electric and Preformed Line Products to Deliver FTTX Connectivity Bundle"

Light Reading's Phil Harvey has an interesting article on AFC's sudden appearance in the FTTP market:
"AFC Comes Clean on FTTP"
"Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. (AFC) has finally started openly discussing its big fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) solution, a set of products that the industry has heard about thanks to AFC's participation in the big RBOC FTTP request for proposal (RFP). Why did it wait so long? The short answer is: In the FTTP market, AFC was flying by the seat of its pants."

and finally Craig Matsumoto writes about venture capitalist Drew Lanza's keynote address at the opening of the conference:
"NFOEC: Smile!"
"It's not quite like skydiving without a parachute, but Drew Lanza called his NFOEC keynote a 'suicide mission': trying to convince showgoers of 'Ten Solid Reasons to Be Optimistic.'"


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