Showing posts with label Last Mile. Show all posts
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Friday, February 1, 2013

BT Super Fast Broadband Passing 100,000 Premises

BT's fibre broadband now passes more than 13 million premises across the UK and the network is passing around 100,000 additional premises every week.

BT said take-up is growing strongly.  Around 1.25 million homes and businesses now using the fibre broadband service. The company is preparing to push into TV and Sport later this year.

"Our engineers have worked tirelessly following some of the wettest weather on record. Not only did they complete a record number of field visits in the quarter, they also connected a further 281,000 homes and businesses to broadband and helped us grow the number of landlines. BT Global Services has also done well securing £1.9bn of new orders, up 17%.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Broadcom Ties 24x8 DOCSIS Channel Bonding for Gigabit Speed

Broadcom's fourth generation DOCSIS 3.0 chipset bond up to 24x8 DOCSIS channels to achieve 1Gbps downstream speed -- triple the downstream bandwidth and double the upstream bandwidth from previous generations.

The new BCM3384 DOCSIS/Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway SoC combines Broadcom's Full-Band Capture (FBC) digital tuning technology with remote diagnostics, dual-band concurrent Wi-Fi, a custom, dedicated applications processor and integrated DECT 6.0 CAT-iq 2.0. 

Significantly, Broadcom said the new system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution  is pin compatible and leverages the same software and system design as its widely deployed BCM3383 DOCSIS 3.0 cable gateway.

Broadcom also notes that a home gateway based on this chipset could also support  802.11ac Wi-Fi, enabling gigabit speed to extend over the last mile broadband connection and to Wi-Fi clients inside the home.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

ARRIS to Acquire Motorola Home from Google for $2.35 B

Google will sell its Motorola Home Business to ARRIS for $2.35 billion in cash and stock.

Motorola Home is a leading global supplier of digital video and IPTV hardware and
software solutions for the cable, telecom, broadcast & satellite markets.  The Motorola Home division, which is based in Horsham, PA, had revenues of approximately $3.4 billion over the past 4 quarters and about 5,000 employees. The company is profitable.

ARRIS reported revenue of approximately $1.3 billion over the past 4 quarters.  It has approximately 2,100 employees and is based in Suwanee, Georgia.

For ARRIS, the acquisition effectively triples its overall revenue, brings an enhanced product portfolio, a larger customer base, and strengthened relationships with cable operators and broadband service providers worldwide. The deal also includes the transfer of certain Motorola patents related to the business.

For Google, the deal helps it dispose of some of the assets of Motorola Mobility, which it acquired last year for about $12.5 billion.  That acquisition also included approximately 24,500 patents and patent applications from Motorola, along with the Motorola mobile handset business.

The acquisition will be on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Google will receive $2.05 billion in cash and approximately $300 million in newly issued ARRIS shares.

“This transformational combination of two complementary businesses will create a leading end-to-end provider of today’s video, data and voice products and tomorrow’s next-generation IP-based broadband products,” said Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS.  “Ever-expanding consumer demand for bandwidth will continue to drive growth across cloud and network technologies we provide that enable innovative home entertainment products and services.”

Deutsche Telekom Looks to Vectoring

Deutsche Telekom has submitted an application to Germany's Federal Network Agency to permit the use of vectoring for boosting the performance of its copper access network.

Deutsche Telekom plans to invest about EUR 6 billion over the next four years primarily to enhance its fixed network with vectoring. This upgrade would entail extending fiber optics up to the cable distribution boxes and then installing vectoring technology in the cabinets. This will enable 24 million households to benefit from the new technology.

Deutsche Telekom said the use of vectoring could boost VDSL downstream access rates to 100 Mbps, compared with top speeds in the 50 Mbps range today. Vectoring also supports upstream rates of around 40 Mbps.

In this regulatory filing, Deutsche Telekom is proposing to permit competitors to access lines that it has upgraded with vectoring. The carrier would offer a bitstream connection for vectoring available as a wholesale product.

Deutsche Telekom is also proposing that is competitors be allowed to deploy vectoring at the cable distribution boxes that they have already connected using fiber optics. Development of new areas by competitors is generally also conceivable. A prerequisite is that they - just like Telekom - allow other companies to use the new connections (open access). In addition, the "KVz-TAL" (subscriber line that runs to the cable distribution box) will generally be retained - this was a key demand of the trade associations of competitors.

"Only with vectoring can millions of households be provided with fast and efficient high-performance connections in the fixed network. We must take this opportunity for better networking of society in Germany, and that's why we have now seized the initiative with our application," emphasizes Niek Jan van Damme, Member of the Board of Management for Germany at Deutsche Telekom. In Belgium and Austria the regulatory authorities have already approved the use of vectoring with the support of the EU Commission.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

BT Tests 10G XGPON in Cornwall

BT launched a trial of 10 Gbps XGPON access technology over a live network in Cornwall.  The trial, which uses equipment from ZTE, runs in tandem with the company’s existing 330Mbps service on the same Openreach fiber.

Cornwall based engineering firm Arcol UK Ltd. is connected by a direct fiber link from its offices to BT’s exchange in Truro, and is the first business in the country to enjoy the record-breaking speeds.  Until recently, Arcol’s 40 staff had shared a 1.5Mbps internet connection. BT said the demonstration aims to show how even faster speeds could be provided over Cornwall’s new fiber infrastructure in the future by upgrading the electronics at the exchange and in user premises.

Ranulf Scarbrough, Program Director for the Cornwall SuperFast Broadband Program, said: “What is exciting about this trial is that these hyper-fast speeds have been obtained over the exactly the same fiber that carries BT’s fiber broadband services today. All we are doing is changing the electronics at either end.  This trial shows we are thinking and ready for the future even though there are no current plans to deploy this technology. A lot of this project is about future proofing – making sure that it’s not just the fastest speeds today but that we can continue to be at the cutting edge for five, ten, twenty years.”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

PacketFront Acquired by Fiber Access AB

PacketFront Network Products AB has been acquired by Fiber Access Holding AB for an undisclosed sum.

PacketFront is a supplier of broadband access equipment for network operators. The company has shipped more than 1.2 million access connections since its founding in 2001.

The main owners of Fiber Access Holding AB is the investment group ShortCap, which focuses on entrepreneurial companies with strong potential for growth.

Friday, October 26, 2012

RST Global Builds FTTP Underground Network in North Carolina

RST Global Communications, a privately funded company based in Shelby, North Carolina, has begun construction on a 100% fiber-optic network that includes backbone, middle and late mile installation.

The network, which will serve North Carolina’s growing Piedmont region, is installed entirely underground at an average depth of 10 feet.  The company said it is pursuing this approach instead of aerial fiber deployment in order to ensure maximum security, reliability and weather protection.

RST’s next phase of its Real Fiber Network will offer FTTP service to thousands of homes and businesses along the I-85 corridor.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

USDA Announces New Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is funding 24 projects through several loan and grant programs administered by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS); Broadband, Telecommunications loans, the Community Connect grant program, and the Public Television Digital Transition.
In the recently completed fiscal year, USDA Rural Development has funded over $170 million in rural telecommunications projects nationwide.
Broadband Loans
North Dakota
    • Consolidated Enterprises, Inc. –$68,897,967; FTTH primarily in the outer city limits of Dickinson and the adjacent rural areas in Stark County.
Community Connect Grants
    • Q-Wireless, LLC,– $782,000; Broadband services through the construction of a wireless middle-mile and access network.
    • Inter Mountain Cable, Inc. — $1,059,704; a Hybrid Fiber-Coax Network.
Louisiana and Pennsylvania
    • MTPCS, LLC, – $144,670; Upgrade MTPCS’ cellular telephone network
    • Scott County Telephone Co-Operative,-$1,500,000; FTTP network.
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans
    • Kerman Telephone Company– $10,057,000. FTTH network.
    • Foresthill Telephone Company, Inc.– $6,560,000. FTTH network
North Dakota
    • Northwest Communications Cooperative– $9,870,000. Fiber-to-premises facilities in six of the 16 exchanges.
    • Monitor Cooperative Telephone Company– $2,865,000; Funds will be used to build fiber-to-premises facilities capable of broadband services to all customers in the borrower’s service area.
    • Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. – $2,590,000; Fiber and Gigabit Ethernet to exchanges.

Various projects related to digital transition in public television were also funded.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ASSIA Launches Wi-Fi Management Service for Carriers

ASSIA, which supplies high-performance software tools for dynamic spectrum management (DSM) of DSL and Wi-Fi, is introducing a residential Wi-Fi management service to help carriers resolve in-home networking problems.

ASSIA's new Expresse Wi-Fi provides advanced diagnosis and automatic, proactive repair capabilities of in-home Wi-Fi networks,  including the real-time calculation of throughput, latency, and connectivity.  The service provider is able to leverage long-term cloud-based statistical analysis of home Wi-Fi performance for better, more efficient optimization and troubleshooting.

The system works by integrating a lightweight Expresse Wi-Fi software agent into the Wi-Fi CPE platform supplied by the network operator.  This can be deployed in the field through a standard firmware upgrade. The cloud-based service can integrate with any OSS/BSS system through Web services.  ASSIA said its solution is available for licensing to any customer premises equipment (CPE) vendor.  ASSIA provides Expresse Wi-Fi as a cloud-based service. The product is expected to be generally available in late 2012. 

“Consumers around the world expect a seamless Wi-Fi experience. Although the networks are in place and billions of devices are in use worldwide, many consumers are still disappointed with their home Wi-Fi performance,” said Dr. John Cioffi, chairman and CEO of ASSIA.  “ASSIA is delighted to deliver a product that closes that gap by levering our broadband management expertise derived from the 65 million connections we currently manage globally.”

Lantiq Hits 250 Mbps over Copper with Reverse Powered Fiber to the Distribution Point

Lantiq, in partnership with Aethra Telecommunications, an access network equipment supplier, introduced a reverse powered Fiber to the Distribution Point (FTTdp) broadband access solution that uses standard fiber and copper wire to deliver aggregated data rates up to 250 Mbps over 200m twisted-pair copper line lengths.   The idea is to use fiber drop points on a neighborhood pole or in a building basement to provision multiple customer end-points for an enhanced VDSL2 service supporting triple play broadband services, including multiple HD TV channels over IP.

The solution leverages Lantiq’s ultra-low power FALC-ON GPON and VINAX V3 VDSL2 chipsets and patent-pending reverse power feeding circuitry developed by Aethra Telecommunications.

Lantiq and Aethra Telecommunications will demonstrate their FTTdp solution at Broadband World Forum (BBWF), October 16-18 in Amsterdam.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Huawei Updates its SingleFAN Access Platform for 10G PON, Copper Vectoring

Huawei announced its new generation multi-mode & dual-core MxU with support for PON/10G-PON multi-mode uplink and Vectoring downlinks over copper access at up to 100 Mbps.  Huawei's MxU is the key processing module in its SingleFAN solution, which is the company's unified platform for PON, P2P, DSL, coax, E1, and other network access infrastructure.

The upgraded MxU now leverages dual-core CPUs to improves processing speed and enable better system reliability, as timely protection switching will occur when a CPU subsystem is faulty.  Huawei's new MxU also features dual-BIOS technology, enabling automatic restoration should an error occur because of an upgrade failure or similar fault.  The MxU adopts an intelligent architecture that integrates path protection, remote monitoring, web-based management, VPN functions, and hardware support for Y.1731. This simplifies network performance monitoring and better caters to the needs of various service scenarios. The MxU also supports intelligent fault detection over PONs and real-time fault detection for voice services, shortening troubleshooting time.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Calix to Acquire Ericsson's GPON Access Platform

Calix will acquire Ericsson's fiber access assets for an undisclosed sum.

Ericsson supplies a range of GPON OLT platforms and complementary ONTs. The Ericsson EDA 1500 GPON plaform features a redundant 320 Gbps switch architecture and support for 7168 ONT/ONUs per chassis (1:64 split ratio). It delivers 2.5 Gbps/ 1.2 Gbps downstream/upstream speeds and offers 10 Gbps uplink interface. Up to 61 U.S.-based employees of Ericsson are expected to transfer to Calix.

Calix will also become Ericsson's preferred global partner for broadband access applications under a global reseller agrement between the firms. This allows Ericsson to sell Calix Unified Access systems and software as its preferred fiber and VDSL2 access solution in 180 countries worldwide. This preferred partnership becomes effective upon the close of the acquisition and remains effective for three years.

"This partnership provides Calix, already North America's fiber access deployment leader, with an extensive new global reseller channel, while our acquisition of Ericsson's fiber access portfolio delivers powerful new complements to our industry-leading Unified Access portfolio," said Carl Russo, president and CEO of Calix. "This partnership, built on a clear alignment of corporate strategy and direction, allows Ericsson to fully leverage its strengths in wireless and end-to-end services while relying on Calix to provide innovation and expertise in fixed-line broadband access. We are excited about the opportunity to assume responsibility for development and support of Ericsson's fiber access business, and look forward to working closely with Ericsson and its broad customer base as a preferred global partner."

"We believe that this partnership will provide our existing fiber access customers with world-class support and maintenance, and an expanded portfolio of access systems and software from a leading company totally focused on access," said Jan Haeglund, vice president and head of product area IP and broadband at Ericsson.
  • Last year, Ericsson upgraded its solutions for scaling PON-based fiber access networks to 40 Gbps using Wavelength Division Multiplexing Passive Optical Network (WDM-PON) technology. The capability is being added to the EA 1100 platform, which is a result of a joint venture with LG-Ericsson.

    Ericsson also announced several GPON enhancements, including a new 16-port GPON OLT board now enables broadband services to more than 14,000 FTTH GPON subscribers in a single EDA 1500 chassis.

    Ericsson introduced an Integrated TDM Gateway (ITG) board to the EDA 1500, enabling a converged platform for packet and TDM services across fixed enterprise and mobile applications. The ITG terminates and aggregates E1 services across multiple GPON ports at the OLT for STM-1 connectivity to existing TDM networks. This simplifies the network and substantially improves an operator's total cost of ownership.

    In addition, Ericsson expanded its EDA portfolio with the T780G Optical Network Unit (ONU). This GPON-fed modular ONU provides flexibility for operators delivering ADSL2+, VDSL2, POTS, E1 and Ethernet services to both business and residential users. The T780G enables operators to support dense areas with different service requirements without rewiring buildings. The ONU is part of Ericsson's T-series of optical terminals which provides maximum flexibility to deploy deep fiber access networks.
  • In 2007, Ericsson acquired Entrisphere, a start-up specializing in GPON fiber access technology, for an undisclosed sum. Entrisphere was founded in 2000 and was based in Santa Clara, California. The company has about 140 people at the time. The core of the Entrisphere GPON solution included Optical Line Terminals (OLTs), Optical Network Terminals (ONTs), Optical Network Units (ONUs) and management systems. The solution also included software upgrades that expand existing IP service-aware features such as IGMP multicasting, VLAN stacking and tagging, and security upgrades.
  • In 2010, Calix acquired Occam Networks, also a supplier of broadband access solutions.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FCC Releases Broadband Progress Report

The United States is leading in LTE deployment and DOCSIS 3.0 has now been rolled out extensively across the country, but approximately 19 million Americans -- 6 percent of the population -- still lack access to fixed broadband service at threshold speeds (4 Mbps/1 Mbps), according to the FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report.

Some highlights of the 181-page report:
  • In rural areas, nearly one-fourth of the population -- 14.5 million people -- lack access to this service.
  • In tribal areas, nearly one-third of the population lacks access.
  • Even in areas where broadband is available, approximately 100 million Americans still do not subscribe.
  • Broadband satellite is not included in this report but the FCC notes that ViaSat (formerly WildBlue) and HughesNet's newly launched ECHOSTAR XVII are entering the market with services above the threshold rate.
  • Service Providers are boosting their speeds. Verizon is offering up to 300 Mbps/65 Mbps for FiOS,23 while CenturyLink is offering up to 40 Mbps/5 Mbps.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Qatar Plans National Fiber Network

Qatar National Broadband Network Company (Q.NBN), which was established last year by the government of Qatar, has received a 25 year license to provide fiber optic broadband throughout the country.

The license will see Q.NBN offering wholesale broadband fiber optics infrastructure services to licensed network service providers and operators. As such, Q,NBN serve as the fiber optic broadband infrastructure provider for Qatar.

"We are delighted to receive our official license to operate from ictQATAR which will mark the start of a new era of high speed communication in Qatar. Receiving this license is an acknowledgement of Q.NBN’s vision aligned with 2030 to provide Qatar with the very latest technology platform to help achieve a knowledge-based sustainable economy." stated Mohamad Al-Mannai, Q.NBN Chief Executive Officer.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Google Rolls Gigabit Fiber for Kansas City

Google launched its first fiber access service in Kansas City.

Google Fiber promises access download speeds of up to 1 Gbps in select neighborhood where an economically viable number of residents pre-register their commitment to enroll in the service.

Google Fiber marks the company's commercial debut as a broadband ISP and as a paid-TV operator.

Google Fiber TV will carry hundreds of channels (including local stations) tens of thousands of shows on demand in HD. The service will be match with a DVR with eight tuners and 2TB of storage. Gigabit + Google Fiber TV will cost $120 per month.

Gigabit Internet: Will offer 1 Gbps Internet download speeds and will include a gigabit-enabled network box with advanced WiFi and 1TB of cloud storage on Google Drive. Gigabit Internet will cost $70 per month.

Free Internet: Google will provide a 5 Mbps connection for zero monthly charge, however there will be a $300 construction fee (which can either be paid at once, or in $25 monthly installments).

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Comcast Doubles Speeds of Two Tiers at No Additional Cost

Comcast is doubling the speeds of two of its existing Internet speed tiers in certain markets at no additional cost. Specifically, Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps). This is the seventh time since 2002 that Comcast has increased speeds for its customers.

Comcast also announced plans that it will begin to launch Xfinity Platinum Internet with downloads of up to 305 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 65 Mbps.

Monday, July 23, 2012

CenturyLink To Accept FCC Connect America Funds

CenturyLink confirmed that it will accept $35 million from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) to deploy broadband service to 45,000 homes in unserved rural areas. The company was eligible for nearly $90 million in CAF Phase I funding, but decided that restrictions on the use of the CAF 1 funds made further deployment uneconomic.

"CenturyLink is excited to be able to work with the FCC to bring broadband services to thousands of homes for the first time. In addition to the incremental CAF funding, we are investing millions of dollars of our own money to bring robust broadband services to more customers because we believe these services will bring essential educational and economic opportunities to high-cost, rural areas of the country," said Steve Davis, CenturyLink executive vice president for public policy and government relations.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FCC's Measuring Broadband Performance Sees Improvements

There have been measurable improvements by ISPs in meeting their advertised speeds, according to a new Report on Consumer Wireline Broadband Performance in the U.S. that was issued by the FCC.
<> ISPs generally achieved these gains by improvements in network performance, and not downward adjustments to the speed tiers offered. There was also a significant increase in the actual average speed delivered by participating ISPs to their customers over the past year.

The data for the report was generated by a software app deployed in the homes of thousands of volunteer consumers who conducted automated, direct measurements of broadband performance. The connections were DSL, cable and fiber.

The report finds that differences among ISPs in their ability to deliver advertised speeds are now narrowing.

In addition, the report notes a steady migration of consumers to higher speed services, and an encouraging upgrade cycle by ISPs to boost the performance of their service tiers and introduce even faster offerings. 19-Jul-12

Monday, July 16, 2012

Australia's NBN Sets FTTH Target for Towns with 1,000 Premises or More

NBN Co, which is building Australia’s national broadband network, lowered its target for areas that will receive FTTH rather than high-speed fixed wireless broadband.

NBN Co said it plans to install fibre in towns of 1,000 premises or more, or to some towns with as few as 500 premises where the town is located on an NBN fibre transit link. Previously, it was expected that fibre would be deployed in towns with a population of 1,000 or more (not premises).

The change is expected to lower the overall costs of the project as many smaller towns across the country will not receive fibre.

The National Broadband Network aims to reach 93% of premises by fibre, and the remaining seven percent via fixed wireless or satellite. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Frontier Gains $72M from FCC's Connect America Fund

 Frontier Communications has received $71.9 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF). The funds will be used for broadband connectivity in underserved or unserved areas.

Frontier said that by accepting this funding, it will provide broadband service to an additional 92,876 households covering more than half of the 27 states it serves, ensuring rural customers in states such as Michigan, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia have access to broadband connectivity.