Monday, March 9, 2009

Ikanos VDSL2 Chipsets Deployed in Belgacom FTTN Network

Belgacom, Belgium's leading telecom service provider, is using central office (CO) and customer premises equipment (CPE) based on Ikanos' chipsets as an integral part of its VDSL2 network infrastructure. Specifically, Belgacom has deployed Ikanos-based IP DSLAMs from Alcatel-Lucent and residential gateways from Sagem Communications as part of its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) infrastructure that reaches homes across the country.

Belgacom has built a fiber infrastructure covering more than 16,000 street cabinet nodes throughout Belgium under an initiative called the Broadway Project. At the end of 2008, Belgacom was able to deliver high-definition triple play services to approximately 65 percent of Belgian households over its network, which combines fiber and VDSL2. This network delivers 20 Mbps video-grade bandwidth to the vast majority of customers.

Ikanos' Fx 10050-5 chipsets enable the development of highly integrated, high-performance 48-port European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) line cards. In addition, the chipsets support all VDSL2 profiles up to 17.6 MHz and offer up to 20.5 dBm of transmit power. The eight-port Fx10050-5 chipsets are backwards compatible with deployed ADSLx modems and can operate in VDSL2, VDSL, ADSL2+ or ADSL mode on a per-port basis.

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