Monday, October 3, 2005

OEN Plans Large-Scale FTTH Deployment in Houston

Optical Entertainment Network (OEN), a private investor-backed company based in Texas, announced plans to deploy FTTH to 1,600,000 households in Houston, the 10th largest television market in the U.S. The company, which has partnered with leading European and North American vendors plans to launch its United States service offering in December 2005 and begin European operations in Q2 of 2006.

The company plans to offer integrated IPTV service, 10 to 100 Mbps Internet, Voice, Video-on-Demand (VOD) and other broadband applications such as, Home Security, videoconferencing and telemedicine. OEN said it has acquired programming agreements for IPTV distribution from top programming television networks and will deliver over 400 television channels, including 50 plus channels of HDTV.

OEN's first deployment partner is Phonoscope of Houston, Texas, owner of the largest privately held metro fiber network. Already the existing network reaches 200,000 household easements and is within 100 to 500 yards of approximately 1.6 million households in the 6 county areas around Houston.

OEN has selected Alloptic as the equipment supplier for its optical access network. OEN has also selected Amino to supply IPTV set-top boxes, and Nexans to supply fiber optic cabling.

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