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Next-Generation PON will Support at Least 40 Gbps Downstream

By admin, July 18, 2012 8:50 pm

What the next generation of fiber-to-the-premises networks will look like is becoming clear, now that members of the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) have reached an agreement on what they’re calling NG-PON2.

The agreement is not actually a standard, but instead outlines the direction that standards efforts will take, explained FSAN Chair Martin Carroll, who is also a distinguished member of the technical staff at Verizon?(News – Alert).

As FSAN considered the next generation of FTTP, various members proposed a wide range of approaches, including some that were “more elaborate and on the bleeding edge” and some that were “more current and readily available,” Carroll said.

Members ultimately settled on what they’re calling time and wavelength division multiplexing (TWDM) because the group believes that approach will meet target bandwidth and other requirements and can be developed relatively quickly. Standards could be ratified by as early as 2013 and products could be deployable by 2015, FSAN says.

Like today’s FTTP networks based on GPON, TWDM will rely on time division multiplexing but in addition will “use multiple wavelengths to stack TDM streams,” said Carroll.

The minimum bandwidth goal for an individual NG-PON2 is 40 Gbps downstream and 10 Gbps upstream, with total bandwidth shared among multiple subscribers. Noting that the current highest-speed PON, XG-PON, operates at 10 Gbps downstream, Carroll said the minimum target bandwidth levels should be easily reachable by using four wavelengths.

He added that systems with downstream bandwidth as great as 160 Gbps could be part of the standard, but he believes the 40 Gbps system will be considerably more cost effective.

The 40 Gbps requirement was driven by the per-customer bandwidth goal of 1 Gbps and apparently envisions each PON continuing to serve about 32 customers as with typical PONs deployed today. But bandwidth will not have to be allocated equally between all of the customers served from a single PON. Carroll believes network operators are likely to give residential customers service at rates below 1 Gbps, while business customer data rates will start around 1 Gbps.

Operators envision a wide range of use cases for NG-PON2, including support for mobile backhaul and potentially as a replacement for Sonet and SDH-based data services. Because NG-PON2 will use a point-to-multipoint approach, Carroll expects it to be more cost effective than point-to-point alternatives.

I asked Carroll whether the people creating the NG-PON2 standard would consider home run wiring – an approach that is gaining in popularity because some operators believe it is more future-proof than PON. Carroll said the emphasis is on PON, but he noted that the group also wants to have some wavelengths available for using WDM technology in more of a point-to-point configuration.

“It would be a PON architecture on the fiber side, but when you look at what the signal itself does, it would be more of a point-to-point allocation of the wavelength,” he said.

FSAN initially was primarily a North American organization dominated by the former RBOCs, but over the last decade it has become a much more global organization – and that reality has driven some of the requirements for NG-PON2. Carroll noted, for example, that NG-PON2 must co-exist not only with GPON, which has been widely deployed by Verizon, but also with XG-PON. The latter requirement was driven largely by China Telecom and China Unicom?(News – Alert), Carroll said.

FSAN expects to work through the International Telecommunications Union in creating the NG-PON2 standard – another example of the global nature of the technology. online casino .

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FTTH Economics Remain Challenging

By admin, July 6, 2012 7:10 pm

Copper networks continue to be the “typical” way for telephone companies to provide broadband access service, globally, as more than 367 million subscribers worldwide in 2011 were served by digital subscriber line technologies. And though optical fiber long has been considered the preferred and ultimate access medium, the economics remain challenging.

So how fast, or even whether fiber-to-the-home will displace DSL remains a key question for landline network services providers. Application access: Application access to is also relatively straight- forward from a technical perspective..

“Financial instability in the advanced economies of Western Europe and lack of innovative internet video services force telcos to look into the cost to value proposition delivered by making large scale investments into FTTH,” according to Adarsh Krishnan, ABI Research senior analyst of TV & Video at ABI Research?(News – Alert).

Up to this point, government subsidies often have been required to fund large fiber builds. Still, in a global business that has revenue in the trillion dollar range, fiber to home or fiber to business revenue still reached only about $30 billion in 2011, ABI says.

Global revenues from DSL broadband services reached $106 billion, with a compound annual?growth rate of 14 percent in the last five years up until 2011. The Asia-Pacific region continued to be a critical growth region for DSL broadband with China playing a dominant role accounting for 33 percent of the worldwide subscribers in 2011.

But a reasonable person might argue that rapidly-developing mobile broadband, the decline of voice revenue and emerging online threats to the video business now have become a key factor in industry thinking about fixed broadband investments.

In other words, right at the moment when massive investments for fiber access are contemplated, the revenue streams that could be generated are declining or threatened. That is hardly the sort of scenario likely to convince executives and firms to invest aggressively.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

ZTE Looking at Ten Percent Annual Growth Rate in the U.S. Market

By admin, June 20, 2012 2:00 pm

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE?(News – Alert) believes that the U.S. market will surpass domestic sales and will become its biggest market for handsets and tablet computers by 2015. As in September 2011, China accounted for 35 percent of the company’s sales whereas the U.S. ?accounted for only 10 percent of the same. But the company predicts the U.S. mobile device revenue growth to go up to more than 50 percent in the next three years.

Recently, the company announced that its supply chain partnership has gone up to more than $13.7 billion in various technology corporations. The company has also announced that it will sustain the investment with 10 percent annual growth.

The company stressed on the advantages of bilateral investment to the U.S. and China. It also stated that by growing segments of the U.S. population, it was predicting continued growth in the smartphone segment led by increased adoption. The company also has various growth strategies which will be a part of a panel of executives from top Chinese companies operating in the United States, the company stated in a press release.

“From opening research and development centers to working with a wide range of wireless companies to develop new products, ZTE is committed to expanding the U.S. market through continuous investments. Put simply, we believe Chinese investment in the U.S. is beneficial for businesses in both countries,” said Lixin Cheng, president of North America Region of ZTE Corporation and CEO of ZTE. “At ZTE, our mission is to help people around the world connect with one another in meaningful and affordable ways.”

Recently, the company introduced its unique 400G/1T dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) multi-application network device prototype. The prototype was showcased by the major telecommunications equipment and network solutions provider, ZTE, at the 16th WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking Forum, held in Monaco. Seven varied network applications can be executed by the device as per the different needs of the carriers. Problems in the love relationships of the horoscope sign may be caused by his frequent changes of longings and priorities, embrangling their partners..

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.7 Supports 100-Mbps VDSL

By admin, June 4, 2012 6:06 pm

ASSIA DSL Expresse 2.7, a new version of the company’s software for optimizing the performance of DSL networks, is seen as a major first step toward allowing service providers to use fixed networks. These networks support networks offering access at 100 megabits per second using vectored very-high-bitrate digital subscriber line (VDSL) services, expected to see accelerated deployments in 2012 and 2013.

ASSIA Expresse 2.7 is the first product to offer advanced network management software for multi-tenant environments, where carriers must, or want to offer wholesale customers unbundled loops.

The latest version of the software includes support for identifying noise and interference issues that are more challenging compared to slower-speed DSL versions, helping service providers better identify issues that are dynamic, and vary by time of day, seasons of the year and subscriber behavior.

A recurring problem is “missing microfilters,” and the software allows for the detection of those conditions.

The latest version 2.7 also allows service providers to optimize performance, line by line, for latency performance, speed or throughput over time. Additional support for real-time optimization is also a new feature, according to Jerome Joanny, ASSIA senior director.

Although much of the demand can be expected to come from service providers in Europe and Latin America, higher-speed VDSL will likely be an important tool for North American operators, as many executives believe the business case for additional fiber-to-home or fiber-to-neighborhood upgrades is difficult.

That means a continuing reliance on faster copper-based access.

DSL and next-generation VDSL boast 70 percent of the consumer broadband line market share worldwide, according to Point Topic.

DSL and VDSL also added a whopping 50 million lines from Q3 2010 through Q3 2011, while cable and fiber to the home (FTTH) increased by only 10 million and three million lines, respectively.

The promise of FTTH is still largely a promise, with only 2.5 percent of access lines worldwide, due to the high cost of deploying fiber, according to Steve Timmerman, ASSIA SVP.

Wideband telco services subscribers are forecast to rise to 281 million in 2014, expanding at 30.9 percent per year from 73 million in 2009. ADSL subscribers will grow at only 8.4 percent per year during the same period, reaching 458 million in 2014, up from 305 million in 2009, a 2010 forecast by iSuppli Corp. suggests.

More recently, iSuppli has suggested that VDSL deployments might represent about six percent of new installations. Among technologies, asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) continues to account for more than half of all net additions in the world with 51 percent share, driven by demand in developing regions, particularly China and Latin America, iSuppli says.

The combined market share of fiber technologies came in second with about 34 percent of the market, followed by cable modems at nine ?percent and VDSL at six percent.?

Edited by Braden Becker

PMC’s OTN Processors Enable Packet-Optimized Metro Optical Networks

By admin, May 31, 2012 4:58 pm

The increasing demand of transport capacity, multiple services?and end to end management to the network edge generates the need of Optical Networks product?that could offer cost- effective, flexible, converged solutions.

To address transport network requirement, PMC, a semiconductor innovator transforming storage, optical and mobile networks, has extended its leadership in optical transport with a second-generation HyPHY OTN processor?family that enables Metro OTN.

?With PMC’s?HyPHY 20Gflex?and?HyPHY 10Gflex, Metro OTN doubles packet efficiency and delivers the multiservice capabilities and scalability required for metro transport networks worldwide to cope with explosive growth in packet traffic.

?According to a press release, the HyPHY Flex devices offer OEMs with the lowest cost of development by enabling them to leverage a single device for both OTN-switched and DWDM lambda-switched optical transport equipment. Additionlly, the HyPHY Flex devices are ODU0-channelized Metro OTN processors that support the newly approved OIF?(News – Alert)-compliant OTN-over-Packet Fabric system interface, which is critical for enabling platforms to implement scalable OTN switching architectures.

“Metro transport networks are quickly evolving towards scalable OTN architectures in order to handle the growth in packet services,” said Mr. Zhang Chengliang, deputy chief engineer, Beijing Research Institute, China Telecom?(News – Alert). “Network operators need multiservice Metro OTN equipment that can address the wide range of OTN-switched and Lambda-switched network deployments that are ongoing globally.”

As Ethernet is becoming the access currency of choice,?Video and SAN client services are in growing demand, while TDM still represents an important revenue-generating service. Metro OTN now offers the fine-grain, variable-size, switchable containers required to achieve optimal network infrastructure efficiency for transporting GE, sub-rate 10GE, SAN and Video services.

The HyPHY Flex solutions are OTN processors that offer true Any-Port, Any-Rate, and Any-Service flexibility and to fully integrate both the packet mapping and packet timing functions necessary for Carrier Ethernet transport.

?In other company news, TMCnet reported that PMC will present “The Recipe for Successful 10G PON Networks” at OptiNet China on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., in Beijing, China.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

Carrier Ethernet Equipment Market to See Continual Growth Through 2016, Says Infonetics Research

By admin, May 24, 2012 11:14 am

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General Cable Corporation to acquire alcan cable, the wire and cable business of Rio Tinto plc

By admin, May 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC) (the Company) announced today that it has agreed to acquire Alcan Cable, the wire and cable business of Rio Tinto plc (Rio Tinto) (LSE: RIO). The purchase price is $185 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments primarily related to working capital levels at closing as provided in the definitive purchase agreement. The Company expects to use its Asset Based Revolving Credit Facility to principally fund the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2012, subject to receipt of regulatory approval.

Alcan Cable employs approximately 1,050 associates in its aluminum cable manufacturing and distribution facilities servicing the energy and construction markets in the United States , Canada , Mexico , and China. In 2011, Alcan Cable reported operating margins in the low single digit range. On an annual basis, the Company estimates the acquisition will contribute approximately $650-700 million in revenues at current metal prices. Over a cycle, Alcan Cable’s operating margin profile is expected to be consistent with the Company’s existing North American businesses as manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing synergies are realized. With these synergies, an improving North American market and an accelerating greenfield operation in China, the transaction is expected to create shareholder value in the near term.

“I have long admired Alcan Cable and their singular and long standing focus on being superb at their craft. Alcan Cable’s STABILOY? and NUAL? brand names are the gold standard for quality, packaging, and service in the North American aluminum cable industry. In addition, they are highly skilled in aluminum rod manufacturing and have built a state of the art facility in China that is successfully penetrating the domestic construction cable market. Alcan Cable’s rich history, like General Cable’s, exceeds 100 years. We look forward to sharing best practices and creating fresh career opportunities for the very dedicated and professional Alcan Cable team,” said Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable .

Gregory J. Lampert , President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable North America , noted that, “The addition of aluminum construction cables further expands the range of products we offer to distributors serving electrical and industrial contractors and increases our capacity to efficiently serve our electric utility customers with transmission and distribution products.”

“Alcan Cable China has a 430,000 square foot, vertically integrated manufacturing plant in Tianjin, China and eight regional sales offices. Alcan Cable China is highly complementary to our two long standing partnerships in China representing a new route to market for our full range of products. The addition of Alcan Cable Mexico combined with our existing manufacturing capability in the country further enhances our ability to service the Mexican market,” said Mathias F. casino . Sandoval , President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable Rest of World.

Source:?General Cable

Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Announces USD 87 Million in New Supply Contracts

By admin, March 23, 2012 9:15 am

Friday, Mar 23, 2012

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Mar 21, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation Limited /quotes/zigman/4943875/quotes/nls/apwc APWC +7.76% (”APWC” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of wire and cable products for the telecommunications and electric-power industries in selected Asia-Pacific markets, today announced that the Company has been awarded several new supply contracts in Singapore valued at approximately $87 million.

A total of three new supply contracts have been awarded to Sigma Cable, one of APWC’s Singapore subsidiaries, by Singapore Power, one of the leading energy utility companies in Singapore. These contracts are for the supply of low and medium voltage cables and a separate turnkey supply project which Sigma has successfully been awarded.

Delivery is expected to occur between September 2012 and August 2014 and is primarily for the upgrading and improvement of Singapore’s electrical power network and infrastructure. APWC was awarded these important contracts due to the quality and reliability of its wire and cable products, its ability to meet the specifications and timing of each project, and its experience in supplying products for the electric-power industries in a variety of Asia-Pacific markets.

About Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation

Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corporation is principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of telecommunications (copper and fiber optic) and power cable and enameled wire products in the Asia Pacific region, primarily in Thailand, China, Singapore and Australia. The Company manufactures and distributes its own wire and cable products and also distributes wire and cable products (”Distributed Products”) manufactured by its principal shareholder, Pacific Electric Wire & Cable Company, a Taiwanese company (”PEWC”). The Company also provides project engineering services in the supply, delivery and installation (”SDI”) of power cables to certain of its customers. For more information on the Company, visit . Information on the Company’s Web site or any other Web site does not constitute a portion of this release.

Safe Harbor Statement

This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” relating to the Company, its business, and its subsidiary companies. These forward looking statements are often identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes”, “expects” or similar expressions. Such forward looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to be materially different from those described herein as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Investors should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors, including those discussed in the Company’s periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on its website ( ). All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or to persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these factors other than as required under the securities laws. The Company does not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE: Asia Pacific Wire & Cable

LS Cable & System develops a special cable for global mining industry

By admin, March 22, 2012 7:08 am

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012

LS Cable & System (Christopher Koo) announced that the company completed development and overseas certification of cable products for the mining industry that meet the specifications of the global market like China and the US. These products are intended to invade the resource development market that is growing fast as interest in the mining industry, e.g. coal, is rising due to the recent nuclear power plant accident and high oil prices, and demands for coal in emerging economies like China and India are increasing.

In particular, as mining companies are getting larger, and their equipment is modernized, the primary target is China where demands are gradually increasing. To this end, the domestic R&D Center of LS Cable & System joined hands with the China R&D Center and its Chinese subsidiary LS Hongqi Cable to develop 20 or so kinds of products that meet the Chinese standard (MT, short for the China pronunciation Mei Tan, meaning coal mining), and had all of them certified. This certification enabled LS Cable & System to provide, as a package, all cables used in products required for the mining process like excavators, moving excavators, movable transformers, underground drills and conveyor belts.

Also, to make inroads into the American market with plenty of mining resources, LS Cable & System developed a new special cable used in both open-pit mines and underground mines. This product is covered with polyurethane that has excellent wear resistance and tensile strength. It is eco-friendly and boasts of excellent performance in various situations. This product meets the standard of Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA), and the company says that it can be sold right away in the market.

In addition, LS Cable & System will start development of a product targeting the Australian market, the world’s No. 1 producer of coal, by the end of this year. casino pa natet . The company is planning to secure products that meet the standards of key areas, conduct marketing activities for large overseas mining companies, and raise its sales in overseas markets to $50 million by 2015. online casino .

Source: LS Cable

China In, China Out and Deja Vu

By admin, March 6, 2012 9:08 pm

January’s PTC’12 conference in Honolulu elicited a feeling of déjà vu.

Themed “Harnessing Disruption,” PTC’12 gave attendees a chance to take a breath and marvel over how, in only a few years, the proliferation of ubiquitous hand-held devices has unleashed a flurry of new applications that are sure to disrupt existing revenue streams of both the service providers and the “arms dealers” that supply them. A common theme resonating throughout PTC’12 was that these new services create huge new opportunities both financial and social in their nature, as witnessed by the protests worldwide against injustice and corruption by governments and corporations. No one can argue the effects that Twitter, Facebook (News – Alert) and the Web have had worldwide.

One of the potentially most disruptive developments discussed at PTC’12 involved   China’s plans to create “cloud cities.” If executed as planned, it stands to completely alter where data is transported and change data flows worldwide.

Sound a little farfetched? Actually, maybe it should sound a little familiar.

First, the details: China plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in these cloud cities, as part of its “China In/China Out” strategy. IBM’s (News – Alert) latest software developments for automation of the cloud for different consumption-based delivery systems are integral to this strategy, and, as the largest systems integrator in the world, IBM is in a unique position to orchestrate this vision. (ADVA Optical Networking joined IBM, Juniper and Level3 to discuss “The Impact of Data Center Convergence (News – Alert), Virtualization and Cloud on DWDM Optical Networks Both Today and Into Future” at PTC’12. For more on this topic, please see “Toward the Virtualized, NON-converged Data Center.”)

The idea is to designate these Cloud Cities by application (Health Cloud, Manufacturing Cloud, Transportation Cloud, Test Cloud. etc.), then mandate that both large and small companies in China use these new elastic data centers, which would guarantee a very tidy return on the original investment. This is the “China In” part of the strategy.  

Once that phase is completed, Chinese companies would be in position to use the low-cost, on-demand infrastructure to dominate the world. This, in turn, would potentially force some industries outside China to use the same services or die. Sounds familiar? This is the “China Out” strategy that might seem a bit too ambitious to take seriously if the world had not already witnessed the transformation that China has accomplished in manufacturing and other areas.

China In/China Out might, too, recall the launching of Sputnik. The former Soviet Union’s launching of the first artificial satellite into Earth’s orbit in 1957 effectively catapulted the United States into a space race with the Soviets, and one of the long-term results was the creation of a wide array of technologies that ultimately revolutionized the way that we live.

There’s one big difference, however: Sputnik’s launch came as a surprise to the United States. The China In/China Out strategy is no secret.

Should China’s bold moves galvanize the government and business communities in this nation to wake up and make the same type of investments? What would be the competitive consequences in the global marketplace of standing pat?

Todd Bundy has 26 years of experience in the storage networking industry, is a recognized expert in SAN and optical networking, and specializes in storage applications over various types of networks to meet corporate contingency plans. Throughout his career, Mr. Bundy has participated in many successful large scale Disaster Recovery and Data Center Consolidation projects with companies like IBM, EMC, HDS, HP and SUN using ADVA (News – Alert) FSP (Fiber Service Platform) WDMs.

In his work with ADVA Optical Networking, he is helping support new standards in Optical Storage Networking like 8G and 16G Fibre Channel and 5G and 10G Infiniband and 10G and 40G FCoE/DCB (FiberChannel over Enhanced Ethernet). In pursuit of new operating standards, Mr. Bundy leads ADVA‘s interoperability programs to support the infrastructure intelligence needed to take “Cloud Computing” to the next level.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca