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Monday, June 25, 2012

Telkom South Africa Upgrades Access Network with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected for Telkom’s strategic "Network Transformation Initiative", whichincludes upgrading the existing access network with VDSL2 serving 4.4 million subscribers. Where commercially viable, the project will also include GPON FTTH. Alcatel-Lucent is providing Telkom SA with its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family, which supports PON and DSL on the same platform.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Telkom South Africa Upgrades Access Network with Alcatel-Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent has been selected for Telkom’s strategic "Network Transformation Initiative", whichincludes upgrading the existing access network with VDSL2 serving 4.4 million subscribers. Where commercially viable, the project will also include GPON FTTH. Alcatel-Lucent is providing Telkom SA with its Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) product family, which supports PON and DSL on the same platform.
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

U.S. Department of Justice Investigates Cable Data Caps

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation of data cap policies of cable operators. According to various media reports, the DOJ is looking at whether tiered data plans are anti-competitive if the cable operators offers their own video service over IP. No official statements on the investigation so far. http://www.usdoj.gov

U.S. Department of Justice Investigates Cable Data Caps

The U.S. Department of Justice is conducting an investigation of data cap policies of cable operators. According to various media reports, the DOJ is looking at whether tiered data plans are anti-competitive if the cable operators offers their own video service over IP. No official statements on the investigation so far. http://www.usdoj.gov

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt Joins ASSIA Board

Former U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Reed Hundt has joined ASSIA's board of directors. As FCC chairman from 1993-97, Hundt oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that substantially reduced the rates for international telecommunications service. After leaving the FCC, Hundt joined the boards of several technology companies, including Intel Corp., where he took the seat of co-founder Gordon Moore upon Moore's retirement.



ASSIA specializes in high-performance software tools for dynamic spectrum management (DSM) of DSL networks.



“The addition of Reed Hundt to the ASSIA board of directors further strengthens the company’s reputation as a leader in broadband access solutions, and I am thrilled that an executive of such global renown has agreed to join us,�? said John Cioffi, ASSIA chairman and CEO. http://www.assia-inc.com

Former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt Joins ASSIA Board

Former U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Reed Hundt has joined ASSIA's board of directors. As FCC chairman from 1993-97, Hundt oversaw the introduction of spectrum auctions and the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that substantially reduced the rates for international telecommunications service. After leaving the FCC, Hundt joined the boards of several technology companies, including Intel Corp., where he took the seat of co-founder Gordon Moore upon Moore's retirement.



ASSIA specializes in high-performance software tools for dynamic spectrum management (DSM) of DSL networks.



“The addition of Reed Hundt to the ASSIA board of directors further strengthens the company’s reputation as a leader in broadband access solutions, and I am thrilled that an executive of such global renown has agreed to join us,�? said John Cioffi, ASSIA chairman and CEO. http://www.assia-inc.com

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Telstra Launches over NBN in Tasmania

Telstra launched its commercial services on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania.



In areas with NBN coverage, Tasmanians can access Telstra’s broadband services with download speeds to the home of up to 25Mbps or 100Mbp. Pricing starts at $80 per month for 5GB of data. http://www.telstra.com

Telstra Launches over NBN in Tasmania

Telstra launched its commercial services on the National Broadband Network (NBN) in Tasmania.

In areas with NBN coverage, Tasmanians can access Telstra’s broadband services with download speeds to the home of up to 25Mbps or 100Mbp. Pricing starts at $80 per month for 5GB of data.
http://www.telstra.com

Monday, April 9, 2012

FTTH Connections in North America Surpass 8 Million, up 13% YoY

The number of North American households served directly by fiber grew by 13 percent over the past year, according to the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas and figures prepared by the market analyst firm RVA LLC.


The newly released figures show that 900,000 households across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean were upgraded to FTTH service since April 2011, as the total number of North American homes with all-fiber connections surged past eight million. The figures showed that FTTH is now being offered to 19.3 million homes on the continent.


Some highlights of the report:

  • The U.S. accounts for about 95 percent of FTTH households in North America, while Canada is 3% and Mexico is 2%.


  • Verizon continues to be by far the largest FTTH provider on the continent by far.


  • The number of FTTH network operators in North America is nearing 1,000, thanks to the increasing number of small and medium-sized incumbent telephone companies, most located in rural and small town areas. The vast majority of these FTTH network operators serve fewer than 10,000 subscribers.


  • On average, government supported FTTH stimulus projects are now 38 percent complete, with indications that many will start connecting subscribers this year.


  • There is growing activity among FTTH providers in fiber to the cell tower construction, with more than 1500 towers connected by small, single state providers in 2011.


"The notion that the upgrade to FTTH can be a catalyst for economic development is precisely what is driving this enormous interest in high-speed fiber we are seeing at the community level across North America," said Heather Burnett Gold, President of the FTTH Council Americas. "Civic leaders in communities of all sizes have a sense that more bandwidth means more opportunities for economic progress."http://www.ftthcouncil.org

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kabel Deutschland Selects Cisco CRS-3

Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany's largest cable operator, has selected Cisco CRS-3 Routers for its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network core to meet the growing demand for video, and broadband services. Kabel Deutschland has approximately 8.7 million customers. The company operates cable networks in 13 German federal states and supplies its TV customers currently with about 100 digital, 32 analogue TV channels as well as 26 high definition (HD) programs.


KD already offers consumer Internet at speeds up to 100 mbps using DOCSIS 3.0.
http://www.cisco.com
http://www.kabeldeutschland.de/

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dell to Resell Mellanox Interconnect Solution

Dell will resell the newest generation of Mellanox Technologies' interconnect solutions as part of the new Dell PowerEdge M620 blade server. Specifically, customers can order new Dell M620 blade servers equipped with Mellanox FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand switch blades and ConnectX-3 PCIe 3.0 FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand and 10/40GbE mezzanine adapters.
http://www.mellanox.com
http://www.dell.com

Monday, March 12, 2012

Openreach to double FTTC speeds from April

Starting in April, BT Openreach will double the speed of its wholesale Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) service to up 80 Mbps downstream. Openreach’s fibre network is available to all Communication Providers on an open wholesale access basis. It will be up to CPs to choose when and if they offer these enhanced speeds to end users, as the current up to 40Mbps service will continue to be available.

FTTC technology underpins the majority of BT’s £2.5bn commercial roll-out of super-fast fibre broadband in the UK.
http://www.bt.com

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Actelis Supplies EFM to Harzwasserwerke GmbH

Harzwasserwerke GmbH has selected Actelis Networks' high-performance Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) solutions to replace legacy Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and outdated E1 technology. The water utility has deployed Actelis’ ML600s Ethernet Access Devices (EADs), which deliver high-speed broadband services over the company’s existing copper and fiber networks. The compact, cost-effective EADs deliver up to 100Mbps of symmetrical bandwidth over the existing copper network.


Harzwasserwerke is one of the largest suppliers of water in Germany, delivering about90 billion litres of water annually over a system of more than 500km of pipeline. The distribution system consists of several substations and sophisticated sensors that are constantly monitoring the pipeline and communication with a centralized data center.


Partnering with Actelis on the project, 3M Services GmbH is responsible for delivering a complete end-to-end network solution.http://

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Supplies Fiber Access for P&TLuxembourg

Alcatel-Lucent is supplying its 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) to P&TLuxembourg, the leading telecommunications service provider in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Calix Lands 12 More Broadband Stimulus Projects

Calix has been selected by an additional 12 communications service providers to support approximately $153 million of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States, of which only a portion of this value is access equipment.


The company notes that with this announcement, aggregate Calix vendor selections by Broadband Stimulus winners for "last mile" and "middle mile" awards have now reached 87 different projects representing over $1.65 billion in Stimulus-related grants, loans, and private investment for plant engineering, materials, labor, and other costs, including access equipment.


The projects will deploy both fiber access and digital subscriber line (DSL) across the Calix B6, C7, and E7 platforms to bring some of the nation's most advanced broadband services to residences, businesses, and community institutions in 11 states, and are expected to both boost local economies and create new jobs in the U.S.
http://www.calix.com

Thursday, February 2, 2012

BT Looks to Double FTTC Speeds to 330 Mbps

BT plans to introduce a new faster variant of FTTC broadband this Spring. This service will deliver speeds that are approximately double those on offer today so downstream speeds will be up to 80Mbps rather than up to 40Mbps. Upstream speeds will also be faster at up to 20Mbps.


The company also announced progress with its “FTTP on demand�? in St Agnes, Cornwall. This solution allows additional fibre to be run on demand to a home or business in a Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) enabled area, providing the customer with ultra-fast Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) broadband.


BT currently has more than seven million premises that can access fibre broadband over its network. This figure will rise to ten million in 2012 and then to around two thirds of UK premises by the end of 2014. BT wants to go further and believes it is possible to make fibre broadband available to more than 90% of UK premises by working with local councils and devolved governments. BT is bidding for Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds to make that happen.


Openreach chief executive Olivia Garfield said: “FTTP on demand is a significant development for Broadband Britain. Essentially, it could make our fastest speeds available wherever we deploy fibre. This will be welcome news for small businesses who may wish to benefit from the competitive advantage that such speeds provide.
http://www.btplc.com

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Actelis Signs KGP Logistics for Distribution

KGP Logistics has signed a new exclusive distribution agreement with Actelis Networks for its new Broadband Accelerator (BBA) product line.


The Actelis BBA helps deliver broadband to residences that are too far from a central office or remote DSLAM. The environmentally unit is line powered by the existing POTS infrastructure and can be used on any ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ line. The unit can boost broadband rates by as much as 100% on typical loops and more than 400% on long loops. This is sufficient for delivering broadband at 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream.


Actelis also noted that its Broadband Accelerator (BBA) received the 2011 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year Award.


"The Actelis BBA product line represents a major paradigm shift in the way telecom carriers address the digital divide," said Vivek Ragavan, president and CEO of Actelis Networks. "No longer is the digital divide a challenge, but an economic opportunity. With the Actelis BBA, carriers now have a pragmatic solution that will drive increased revenues because they can finally deliver on the promise of ubiquitous broadband across their entire customer serving area."http://www.actelis.comwww.kgplogistics.com

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Telekom Austria Rolls with Vectoring from Alcatel-Lucent

Telekom Austria will deploy vectoring technology from Alcatel-Lucent to deliver significantly higher data transmission speeds on its domestic Giga-Network. Vectoring technology minimizes the impact of interference or “crosstalk�? between copper lines in a copper bundle.


Telekom Austria's A1 group is initially deploying vectoring in Korneuburg, lower Austria. A comprehensive countrywide rollout is planned for the second half of 2012.


With the world’s first commercial launch of VDSL2 Vectoring technology, Alcatel-Lucent has demonstrated once again its technology leadership. Based on cutting-edge innovation from our research center Bell Labs, the VDSL2 Vectoring technology marks a further important step in our efforts to get the utmost out of the current network infrastructure and thus create real added value for network operators such as A1 and their customers,�? said Stephen Carter, President, Europe Middle East and Africa for Alcatel-Lucent.

“The still untapped potential of copper lines is incredibly impressive. Since the late 1990s, when private households started to use modems for data transmission, we have been able to reach a thousendfold increase in transmission capacities of existing copper lines. We are currently facing a dual challenge: on the one hand, we have to invest in the further rollout of our high-performance fiber optic network going forward, and on the other, we have to provide our customers with a full-coverage broadband network with ever-increasing bandwidths starting from today," stated Walter Goldenits, CTO, A1.
http://www.telekomaustria.com
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com
  • In September 2011, Alcatel-Lucent introduced a VDSL2 vectoring solution capable of delivering 100 Mbps over existing copper loop lengths of 400 meters.

    VDSL2 vectoring uses digital signal processing to remove crosstalk between copper pairs in a bundle, similar to noise cancellation in headphones. From line cards at the central office or DSLAM, the system measures the crosstalk from all the lines in the bundle and then generates an anti-phase signal to cancel out the noise. For this solution, Alcatel-Lucent developed its own chipset and software. It began field trials in 2010 with a number of operators, including Belgacom, A1 Telekom Austria, Swisscom, Orange, P&T Luxemburg and Türk Telekom.


    Alcatel-Lucent's VDSL2 Vectoring solution includes both Board-level Vectoring (ideal for small nodes) and System-Level Vectoring options for the company's existing ISAM DSLAM platforms, including the 7356 ISAM, the 7330 ISAM and the 7302 ISAM. The new products include a 48-port Board Level Vectoring card, a 48-port System Level Vectoring card, and a Vector Processing card supporting 192 ports initially and expanding to 384-ports of system level vectoring in 2012.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

CommScope Develops Copper-Alternative Grounding Wire to Deter Theft

CommScope introduced a copper-alternative grounding wire designed to deter copper theft and lower maintenance costs for telecoms and data applications.


CommScope said its GroundSmart Copper Clad Steel solution is designed for use in subsurface grounding grids, as well as inside and outside plant bonding applications. It is an electrical conductor that has copper metallurgically bonded to a solid steel core. The wire is capable of dispersing fault currents and lightning strikes. It also offers a lower total cost of ownership compared to pure copper. In addition, it can be jacketed with a polyethylene coating and printed to disguise and distinguish the wire from solid copper.


“Companies trying to protect their copper infrastructure have been going to extreme measures to deter theft, many of which are neither successful nor cost effective," said Doug Wells, vice president, Outside Plant Solutions, Broadband, CommScope. “Companies have increased security around their plants, going as far as laser etching their cables so they can be traced when they are stolen. Others have coated cables with a special liquid that leaves a stain detectable under ultraviolet light. Despite efforts like these, thieves continue to steal copper because of its rising value. The result is costly damage to networks and growing service disruptions.
http://www.commscope.com
  • BT's Openreach division has been deploying an invisible, "SmartWater" forensic ink in its cabling across the UK as a deterrence to metal thieves. Driven by the recent surge in scrap copper prices, metal theft is a growing problem.

    BT's Metal Theft Taskforce is using the SmartWater as a means to tag anyone tampering with its lines. SmartWater is a forensic marking liquid that is unique to a particular location. It will be used to mark the outer shell and inner core of Openreach cable, along with tools and other equipment. This will allow police to irrefutably identify where any stolen items have come from. Any thieves who target Openreach property face being sprayed with the liquid. The system is also interconnected with GPS.

Global Broadband Lines Top 581 Million

Approximately 17.4 million broadband lines were deployed during Q3 2011, bringing the global total to 581.3 million, a quarterly increase of 3.08% - and an annual growth rate of 12.89%, according to figures prepared for the Broadband Forum by Point Topic. The quarter witnessed the strongest growth since 2009, thanks largely to continued rollouts in China.


"These are very healthy figures for Q3 and they demonstrate the ongoing strength of the broadband market," commented Robin Mersh, CEO of the Broadband Forum. "We are especially pleased to see the trend in fiber technologies beginning to take off. Our G-PON certification program, launched in Q3 and with first certifications already in place, has been very widely welcomed and this is an indication that the market is ready for much further growth in this area."


Some highlights:

FTTx is gaining ground but DSL remains the dominant technology.


Both FTTH and FTTx/hybrid technologies, showed the largest growth with over 8% overall, compared to 2.2% for cable modems and 2% for DSL.

FTTx added just under 19 million lines in Q3 2011 - this is more than double the number in the same period last year.

FTTx now accounts for 16% of the global broadband market - fast catching up with cable's 19.5%.


China topped 152 million broadband subscribers, up from 126 million a year earlier.


IPTV subscribers grew by 6.06% in the third quarter of 2011 and now total 54.4 million globally.


France remains the top country for IPTV, but China will soon surpass it in total number of IPTV subscribers. http://www.broadband-forum.orghttp://www.point-topic.com

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