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Wednesday, October 08, 2003


FTTH conference news

The Fiber to the Home Conference is underway in New Orleans this week. That's spawned a number of press releases and articles:

"Passave Introduces OLT Chip for Complete Availability of End-to-End FTTH Solution"
"Passave Technologies, a provider of high performance chipsets for FTTH and Ethernet, today announced a line of low cost products suitable for deployment in Gigabit Ethernet PON Fiber to the Home OLTs."

"Hitachi introduces 'triple play' B-PON system, teams with Wave7 Optics"
"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."

"Optical Solutions Gets RUS OK"
"Optical Solutions Inc., the fiber to the premises market leader, today announced that its FiberPath 500 fiber to the premises (FTTP) system has been accepted by the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). A technical standards committee at RUS determines acceptance of products for the List of Materials. The company's FiberPath 400 FTTP system is also listed on the RUS List of Materials."

"Alcatel and Carrier Access announce interoperability between PON product lines"
"Alcatel and Carrier Access have announced the completion of interoperability testing between the Alcatel 7340 fiber-to-the-user (FTTU) passive optical network (PON) product line and the Carrier Access Exxtenz optical network terminal (ONT) for business applications. The testing completion underscores both companies' commitment to delivering standards-based solutions that are interoperable in multi-vendor environments."

"OFS, Wave7, MS Play With FTTP"
"OFS, designer, manufacturer and supplier of leading edge fiber optic products, with Wave7 Optics, a leading provider of optical access equipment, and Microsoft Corporation, today announced the world's first demonstration of a live online gaming application, simultaneous with voice, video and data services, over a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network. The demonstration is enabled by OFS' Access ADVANTAGE FTTP System and Wave7 Optics' Last Mile Link(TM) (LML) single fiber optical access solution. Show attendees can play an Xbox Live(TM) game and simultaneously access the Internet, talk using the Xbox Live Communicator headset, and view broadcast video to experience the power of optical access networks"

"Hitachi Unveils FTTx Solutions for North America "

"OFS announces improvements to its zero-water-peak fiber"
"Optical fiber and cable supplier OFS (Norcross, GA) has improved the attenuation, dispersion slope, and geometry of its full-spectrum, zero-water-peak fiber, AllWave."

"General Bandwidth VOIPs FTTP"
"General Bandwidth, a leading telecommunications equipment provider enabling carriers to deliver enhanced voice services over broadband networks, announced its participation in several of the leading Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) deployments in North America. The G6 platform is the voice solution of choice for leading FTTP service providers including Bristol Utilities, Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD), Dalton Utilities, Hancock Telecom, Rochester Telephone Company, and FCI Broadband."


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