Monday, January 31, 2005

Hong Kong Broadband Net Offers 100 Mbps Residential Ethernet

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN) has launched a 100 Mbps residential broadband service based on Cisco Systems' Metro Ethernet, IP and optical network solutions. HKBN is installing more than 10,000 Cisco LAN switches and more than 800 Cisco routers in buildings throughout Hong Kong. Category 5e copper cables are wired from the LAN switch cabinet to the apartments of each target customer. Fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) was deployed between the buildings using the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) and Cisco Catalyst 4507R Switches. The companies said HKBN's optical backbone is architected to support up to 64,000 Gbps.

Currently, HKBN has established an end-to-end, fully vertical and horizontal broadband coverage to 3,100 residential and 600 commercial buildings, passing a total of 1.2 million homes. It plans to expand to 1.8 million homes passed, which is more than 80% of total homes in Hong Kong, and to 1,500 commercial buildings. At least 90% of HKBN's total homes pass is expected to be serviced by self-owned fiber by mid-2005.

HKBN its also planning to launch a 1 Gbps residential broadband service as early as June 2005.