Friday, October 23, 2015

Australia's nbn Tests Alcatel-Lucent's

Australia’s nbn national broadband network completed a trial of Alcatel-Lucent's technology, which uses copper infrastructure that extends the last few hundred meters into the premises to achieve speeds of close to 1 Gbps.

nbn's stated goal is to provide affordable ultra-broadband download speeds of at least 25 Mbps to eight million premises and at least 50 Mbps to 90 percent of premises with fixed-line access by 2020. nbn is using a mix of technologies to meet specific deployment needs, including a significant fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) and fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) component using VDSL Vectoring, as well as fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP), hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC), fixed, wireless and satellite technologies.

The trial – conducted over the past month – demonstrated how can complement nbn’s existing multi-technology deployment toolkit, offering a range of opportunities to evolve its capabilities. Alcatel-Lucent’s technology uses the 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), 7368 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) CPE with integrated reverse power and 5520 Access Management System  to accelerate last mile fiber-to-the-home ultra-broadband connectivity.

Ericsson Cites Slowdown in 4G Rollouts in China

Ericsson's overall sales for Q3 2015 increased by 3% YoY to reach SEK 59.2 billion (approximately US$6.98 billion).  Sales, adjusted for comparable units and currency, decreased by -9% due to lower sales in Networks, where the company cited a slowdown of the 4G deployments in mainland China. Network sales in North American have stabilized. This was partly offset by sales growth in Professional Services, where sales increased by 15% YoY.

Gross margin came in at 33.9%, down from 35.2% a year earlier. Operating expenses, excluding restructuring, decreased YoY to SEK 14.3 billion.

Ericsson said its global cost and efficiency program is on target to achieve annual net savings of SEK 9 b. during 2017.

Huawei Marine to Build Brazil-to-Cameroon Cable

Huawei Marine has been commissioned to construct the Cameroon-Brazil Cable System (CBCS), a 6,000-km undersea network linking Fortaleza (Brazil) and Kribi (Cameroon).

The cable system, which is sponsored by CamTel and China Unicom, will have an initial system capacity of 32 Tbps over 4 fiber pairs. Huawei Marine will deploy its 6fp submarine Repeater 1660, the industry’s first titanium repeater, which boasts a slim-line profile to allow direct lay and plough burial. The cable system is expected to come online in 2017.