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Thursday, September 25, 2003


Salira wins FTTP order from Chinese cable TV operator

"Salira Optical Network Systems Inc., a maker of Ethernet PON (passive optical network) equipment, has scored a multiyear contract with GuangZhou Pantong Information Broadband Network Ltd., or Panyu Cable for short (no English Website), a cable operator in a densely populated district called Panyu, which is part of the city of GuangZhou in China's southern GuangDong province."

"While Salira won't give financials, spokespeople say it's a big job, involving "dozens" of Salira's Ethernet-based 2000 Platform systems, each of which can extend connectivity to a maximum of 5,376 users. Panyu Cable is using the gear to deliver triple-play voice, data, and video services to cable subscribers. Salira says it's already gotten a check for equipment."

Light Reading article

I thought the response of one of the article's readers was telling:

"In their "come to Jesus" Q3 pre-announcement call, VZ [Verizon] management implied that they were not being more aggressive on their much rumored fiber buildout due to the immaturity of the "electronics" and management systems of optical networks. They stated specifically that they "know how to lay fiber". How can VZ be stymied by these issues and a Chinese cable provider be ready to move ahead? Will we be sending delegations to China in 10 years to learn how to run our data networks?"


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