Wednesday, May 30, 2007

PMC-Sierra's FTTH Milestone: Four Million ONUs Deployed

PMC-Sierra announced a significant milestone: its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) solution is now deployed in more than four million Gigabit EPON Optical Network Units (ONUs).

PMC-Sierra noted that Gigabit FTTH deployment is outpacing DSL broadband access in Japan (according to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications), and in Korea.

PMC-Sierra and DASAN Networks recently announced a Korea Telecom contract for expected deployment of 800,000 EPON ONUs this year in Seoul.

In China, benchmark testing is underway on equipment from three of China's largest equipment vendors based on PMC-Sierra's Gigabit/s EPON silicon, led by China Telecom.

In addition, PMC-Sierra recently introduced a solution that meets the ITU-T G.984 specification for GPON Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), targeted for the emerging GPON markets in North America and Europe.

PMC-Sierra supports both EPON (IEEE 802.3ah Ethernet in the First Mile) and GPON (ITU-T G.984) standards.

  • In 2006, PMC-Sierra agreed to acquire Passave, a developer of system-on-chip semiconductor solutions for the Fiber To The Home (FTTH) access market, for approximately $300 million in PMC-Sierra common stock.

  • n March 2006, Passave announced delivery its one millionth FTTH ONU device to Mitsubishi Electric Corporation for use in Japan's gigabit/second FTTH broadband access network market. Mitsubishi has been supplying customer premise equipment (CPE) using Passave semiconductor devices to carriers in Japan since 2004.

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