Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Alcatel-Lucent Kicks Off “Open Community Broadband�? for FTTH Projects

Alcatel-Lucent is launching a turnkey "Open Community Broadband" program to help operators of "citynets" around the world -- i.e. open access networks typically operated by municipal governments or utilities - manage the complexities that are typical of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployments. Key elements of the program include:

  • Training -- including how to build a successful FTTH business case

  • Technology consulting -- which fiber technology makes sense in which circumstances

  • Designing and deploying the network -- leveraging passive optical networking (PON) or point-to-point (P2P) fiber

  • Managing the network -- dealing with all operational and maintenance aspects of running a multi-vendor fiber network, leveraging best-in-class capabilities in network management, deployment, maintenance and installation.

"Most citynet operators do not have the necessary experience or workforce to deploy and run a fiber network," says Dave Geary, President of Alcatel-Lucent's wireline networks activities. "That is why Alcatel-Lucent offers them the possibility to engage in an end-to-end partnership, helping them to reap the benefits of FTTH -- whether they are interested in PON or P2P fiber. Our customers know they can count on Alcatel-Lucent, with its lengthy track record in the FTTH space, to complete their project successfully."

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