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Palo Alto User-funded Fiber Network Economically Unfeasible

By admin, June 15, 2012 6:36 pm

Some residents and local governments have clamored for municipal fiber access, but the economics make it difficult to achieve in practice.

If a tech-heavy city like Palo Alto?(News – Alert), Calif. can’t make it cost-effective, other cities building similar networks might reconsider the idea.

The city’s Utilities Advisory Commission made a four-to-three vote to recommend that the City Council stop considering expanding Palo Alto’s dark fiber network to more residents. This is only advisory, however, and the city has not yet decided to actually kill the 41-mile fiber ring.

The reason for the recommendation is simple: they just can’t convince residents to fork over their money for fiber service.

“A fully user-financed citywide fiber-to-the-premise system is not possible to achieve in Palo Alto,” a Tellus Venture Associates report said. “An opt-in FTTP system can be built using a combination of upfront user fees and City financing, but there is very little probability of the debt incurred being repaid through operations.”

Although the city receives over $2 million in annual revenue from the network, extending the last mile into residents’ homes is expensive. In a “best case” scenario, residents would pay $1,000 for the installation, and $75 a month for service.

Only 10 percent of Palo Alto residents would pay $3,000 for installation, even if the service was free from then on.

“What the Palo Alto case says is that if you’re looking at a user-financed model to pay the upfront costs of building the network and you’re in a competitive market where you have good service from incumbents, it’s not going to fly,” Steven Blum, author of the Tellus report, told Ars Technica.

Given the close vote, however, it seems that the decision to scrap the network, if it actually comes, won’t be easy. Responding to the article in Ars Technica, Jonathan Foster, who chairs the Utilities Advisory Commission, said some members of Palo Alto’s City Council were still strong advocates of the network.

Edited by Braden Becker

KINOPTIC extends reach into the network and lowers costs

By admin, February 17, 2012 7:21 am

Friday, Feb 17, 2012

Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, is using its presence at this year’s FTTH Council Conference and exhibition to highlight its extended KINOPTICâ„¢ brand of end-to-end turnkey FTTH solutions. It will also host various workshops at the conference that demonstrate more efficient and cost-effective ways of deploying fibre to the home.

KINOPTIC – smart individual solutions to build an end-to-end network

The KINOPTICâ„¢ brand was launched last March to enable network operators and installers to easily meet all the needs of their FTTH deployments in multi-dwelling units (e.g. homes). It achieves this through a cleverly designed subscriber terminal outlet kit and by combining this with a pre-terminated cable and a pre-fitted user outlet in ‘ready-to-unroll’ packaging – therefore simplifying installation.

Since then, the brand offering has expanded and solutions have been designed for various locations on the network. Flexibility is a key trait of the brand and it now includes solutions for the central office, the distribution network and subscriber premises.

The type of KINOPTICâ„¢ solution that is chosen by operators and installers depends on the field configuration and the type of cable laying technique required to fit the cable. For instance, some cables are either pulled, blowed or extracted during installation.

In addition to this, because of the way the range has been designed, the operator and installer can select the exact solutions they need to be fitted across the FTTH network – and at every stage of the installation – right through to the subscriber’s home.

Further benefits of using KINOPTICâ„¢ include: CAPEX savings and OPEX optimisation; quick and easy deployment; flexibility to adapt to their environment in the field; and a brand that respects the aesthetics of people’s homes and private areas;

“The KINOPTICâ„¢ range, demonstrates how Nexans takes advantage of its broad industrial knowledge and expertise across various fields to innovate and develop a complete solution that serves the market’s needs,” says Xavier RENARD, Nexans Interface Product & Marketing Department Manager. “It includes all the necessary cables and accessories required to easily and quickly deliver an FTTH solution to network operators and installers.” 

Source: Nexans

Prysmian Group to unveil new xsNet portfolio at FTTH Council Europe Conference – Munich

By admin, February 14, 2012 7:07 am

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Israel Electric Plans to Offer FTTH as the Nation Remains at the Forefront of Technology Innovation

By admin, January 27, 2012 9:36 pm

The Holy Land is also likely to become the land of super-fast Internet connections, as it adopts a technology called “fiber to the home” (FTTH).

Israel Electric Corp, a state-owned electric company, plans to offer a cutting-edge, high-speed broadband network to the entire nation, which is about the size of New Jersey. Because the country is relatively small and has some dense population centers, Israel Electric is predicting Israel will jump to the “forefront of the next generation of Internet technology,” according to a report from The Associated Press.

Israel is looking ahead by opting for fiber-optic lines that will likely provide connections that are 10 to 100 times faster than more traditional methods, The AP said. “All the developing countries that have a vision for 10 years ahead, or 20 years ahead, understand that the name of the game will be communications, broadband communications, very fast communications,” Tzvi Harpak, Israel Electric’s senior vice president for logistics, said in a statement made to The AP and carried by TMCnet.

Israel expects that 10 percent of the nation will be wired for the new technology by 2013, and two-thirds of the nation will be wired within seven years, The AP said.

Oliver Johnson, CEO of Point Topic, said FTTH will be the “gold standard” of “the next generation of broadband service,” The AP reported. The improved technology will lead to applications in such areas as videoconferences, medical surgery, and in cloud computing. It will also lead to increased chance for economic success, The AP said.

“Everyone feels that bandwidth will be this commodity down the road. If you don’t have it, you’ll be out of luck,” David St. John, spokesman for the FTTH Council, told The AP.

South Korea now leads the world with FTTH technology, followed by Japan and Hong Kong. About 7.1 million homes in the United States, representing 6.6 percent of the total residences, use FTTH, The AP said. An example is FiOS (News – Alert) from Verizon. Israel now uses mostly DSL and cable for connections.

Among the companies interested in installing the new technology in Israel are: Telecom Italia (News – Alert) SpA and BT Group PLC, as well as Israel-based firms Elbit Systems, Rapac Communication & Infrastructure, and Tamares, The AP said.

“There’s been quite a lot of interest,” Philippe Guez, managing director at Rothschild, the financial adviser on the project, told The AP. “We believe and hope the government and the Israel Electric Corp. will make the appropriate changes in order to make this wonderful project happen.”

Given that Israel is considered a major technology center, the adaption of FTTH not just for major technology companies but for everyday folks is not a surprise. “Providing high-quality, fiber-to-the-home bandwidth for consumers all over Israel (especially in peripheral areas) is a national interest as it promotes economic growth, education, provision of government services, social welfare,” Eden Bar-Tal, director general of Israel’s Communications Ministry, told The AP.

Israel Electric traces its roots to 1923, when it was started as The Electric Company for Palestine. It has 2.4 million customers, according to data cited by Yahoo Business.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

Borealis joins campaigners for Free Movement of Electricity

By admin, December 15, 2011 6:02 am

Thursday, Dec 15, 2011

Borealis, a leading provider of high performance plastics-based solutions for the global wire and cable industry, has come together with 33 other concerned organisations to form an alliance calling for a single European electricity market. The Free Movement of Electricity alliance, whose members range from renewable energy associations to high-tech engineering companies, is urging European legislators to increase competition in the electricity sector, improve security of supply, help deliver climate goals and integrate modern technologies – including renewables.

A statement recently issued by the alliance says that 25 years after the Single European Act, “Europe urgently needs greater freedom of movement in electricity, a single internal power market and a network infrastructure to facilitate it.” It says that while development of a single power market is progressing, “development of the infrastructure urgently needs a very major boost.”

The alliance is calling on the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to bring freedom of movement and enhance cross-border trade in Europe’s electricity. It says these bodies need to speed up, simplify and better coordinate permitting and planning procedures for electricity infrastructure projects. They should also agree on new financing mechanisms to support the necessary electricity infrastructure projects and address, at an early stage, environmental concerns and social acceptance issues related to the necessary grid extensions.

“From a practical point of view, we want to see a simplification in permit procedures for extending the grid that will lead to increased installation efficiency as well as improved environmental aspects,” says Rudi Peters, Borealis Value Chain Marketing Manager. “For example, when a new transmission line is being deliberated, we would like the option for laying the line underground or partial underground to be considered at the outset alongside overhead alternatives. This is not always the case at the moment.”

Marc Hubert, Borealis Vice President Wire & Cable, sets the initiative in an even broader context, “The electricity industry and its suppliers, together with environmental organisations, can find a common cause in pushing to increase the efficiency of European power grids and unlocking the full potential of renewable energy resources.”

Borealis has been an important partner to the electricity industry for a long time; we consider this new initiative as important for safeguarding its future success,” Hubert says. “But this is not just about our self-interest as every man, woman and child will benefit from a more efficient supply of electricity into their homes, offices and factories.”

“I think we are pushing on a door that is at least partly open,” Hubert continues. “The European Union’s Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said only recently that a better grid means an enhancement of the possibilities for distribution of energy between all European countries.”

Oettinger told an energy conference in November that improved grid infrastructure, along with the development of a single power market, is vital for a modern Europe, where people, capital, goods and services are already free to move but energy is not. Oettinger added, “Energy networks are at the heart of our energy system, without them we cannot meet our energy and climate targets nor complete the European internal market.”

For further information about Borealis please contact:

Dorothea Wiplinger
External Communications Manager
Vienna, Austria
+43 1 22 400 608

Borealis and Borouge Business Units Wire & Cable

Borealis is the world’s leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the wire and cable industry. Our solutions are customer-driven and designed to satisfy the industry’s continuously evolving demands for higher technical performance. They can be found in the most challenging extra-high voltage (EHV) and high voltage (HV) cable applications, as well as medium voltage (MV) and low voltage (LV) energy transmission and distribution cables, building wires, and communications cables. In answer to the need for production, installation and cable-system lifetime enhancements, we create the innovation links that secure world-class, step-changing solutions and benefit the whole wire and cable value chain.

About Borealis and Borouge

Borealis is a leading provider of chemical and innovative plastics solutions that create value for society. With sales of EUR 6.3 billion in 2010, customers in over 120 countries, and around 5,100 employees worldwide, Borealis is owned 64% by the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) of Abu Dhabi and 36% by OMV, the leading energy group in the European growth belt. Borealis is headquartered in Vienna, Austria, and has production locations, innovation centres and customer service centres across Europe and the Americas.

Through Borouge, a joint venture between Borealis and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the world’s major oil and gas companies, the company’s footprint reaches out to the Middle East, Asia Pacific, the Indian sub-continent and Africa. Established in 1998, Borouge employs approximately 1,600 people, has customers in more than 50 countries and its headquarters are in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Singapore.

Building on Borealis’ unique Borstar® technology and their more than 50 years experience in polyolefins, Borealis and Borouge provide innovative, value creating plastics solutions for the infrastructure (pipe systems and power and communication cables), automotive and advanced packaging markets. In addition, Borealis offers a wide range of base chemicals from melamine and fertilizer to phenol and acetone.

Today Borealis and Borouge have a manufacturing capacity of over 5.4 million tonnes of polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene) per year having recently completed a 1.5 million tonne expansion in Abu Dhabi.The Borouge 3 plant expansion will be completed at the end of 2013 with a further capacity of 2.5 million tonnes per year (t/y) being fully operational in mid-2014. The companies continue to invest to ensure that their customers throughout the value chain and across the globe, can always rely on product quality, consistency and security of supply.

Borouge and Borealis are committed to the principles of Responsible Care® and proactively contribute to addressing the world’s water and sanitation challenges through their Water for the Worldâ„¢ initiative.

For more information visit:

Water for the World is a trademark of the Borealis group.

Borstar is a registered trademark of the Borealis group.

Source: Borealis

Old Davenport bureau competence get new life

By admin, December 7, 2011 10:35 am

The former Wonder Bread bureau on Davenport’s River Drive has
all a mixture for a pale high-tech future.

Three mixture are indispensable for a due information core to go
into a building where a baking lines close down 6 years ago: a
consistent energy supply, entrance to fiber-optic wire and concrete
construction. Data centers are partial of cloud networks that store
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The building during 1034 E. River Drive has all those, pronounced Scott
Rubins, boss and arch executive officer for Geneseo
Communications Inc. The Henry County, Ill., association has partnered
in another information core in Chicago that recently went online.

The association wants to retrofit a River Drive building to handle
electronic apparatus for remote storage. The project, estimated at
$15.6 million, would start early subsequent year.

The Davenport City Council will hear about a plan and an
economic assistance package during a assembly during 5:30 p.m. currently at
City Hall, with a opinion during a council’s Dec. slots . 14 meeting.

“The cloud is a garland of information centers transparent opposite a country
that are generally located in incomparable civil areas,” Rubins
said. “We wish to put it somewhere in a Quad-Cities.”

Geneseo Communications has looked in Rock Island, Moline and
other tools of Davenport for probable locations for a information center.
No squeeze offer has been done on a former bakery owned by
Interstate Bakeries Corp., though removing assistance from Davenport
and a state of Iowa contingency come first, Rubins said.

He expects any sale by a company, that emerged from
bankruptcy in 2009, would be sincerely quick.

The building is in an craving section authorized by a Davenport
City Council final year. The city is charity a 10-year tax
exemption on a boost of a building’s value. Approval by the
city’s craving section elect would pierce a plan brazen to
Iowa Economic Development Authority for consideration.

Rubins pronounced a plan would emanate 13 new jobs, paying, on
average, some-more than $25 an hour by a finish of a third year.

The initial proviso of a plan would use 45 percent of the
building space, including leasing to clients, Rubins said. The rest
of a building would be propitious and filled later.

Alderman Bill Boom, 3rd Ward, pronounced a plan is a right fit
for a former bakery building, job it a ideal plcae for
the association and ideal for neighbors.

“It is solid; it is concrete; no windows; there is high energy to
the building,” he said. “Fiber wire that runs opposite a country
happens to come by Davenport. online slots .

“There are really few people and no trucks,” he said. “It is a
pretty dead form of use.”

Davenport’s Wonder Bread bakery

Sept. 1, 1927: Tri-City Bakery starts creation Wonder Bread.

1990: A 4,000-square-foot further on a easterly side of bakery to
house wrapping reserve is completed. Company acquires skill to
build a parking lot for a work force.

1991: Bakery is producing some-more than 60 varieties of breads,
doughnuts, buns, cooking rolls and honeyed rolls and employs 270

1995: After several corporate changes by a years, bakery
is taken over by Interstate Bakeries Corp., a third-largest
bakery association in a U.S.

2004: Doughnut-making ends.

November 2005: All bakery prolongation ends and about 150
production employees are laid off.

July 2010: Distribution core closes.

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Meeting notes

By admin, December 4, 2011 2:52 am

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Family says gas trickle was undetected for 5 years

By admin, November 24, 2011 3:52 pm

A FATHER and son contend they could have died from a gas trickle in their home, that they explain went undetected for 5 years.

Laurence Stone and his son Lee contend there has been a consistent smell of gas in their home during Babbages, Bickington, given they changed there in 2006.

The smell has turn increasingly worse in a past 6 months, to a indicate where it done Lee physically sick.

Laurence, 49, was also treated during North Devon District Hospital for dual weeks, after pang basin and a suspected breakdown, that a span trust was related to a sharp smell.

But notwithstanding carrying professionals come to demeanour during their skill twice, it was usually on Saturday a gas trickle was spotted.

Lee, 21, said: “My father smokes and, if he had illuminated adult nearby, a whole residence and some of a travel could have left adult in smoke. We have been pang from headaches and feeling unequivocally ill though it could have been a lot worse. We could have died.”

Laurence, a recycling motorist for North Devon Council, is now seeking authorised recommendation as he claims engineers put their lives in risk by unwell to stop a leak.

On Friday, after a family crony had also commented on a clever smell of gas in a house, Lee called out an puncture group from Wales and West Utilities.

He pronounced a smell was so clever it left him vomiting.

He said: “On Thursday night, it was unequivocally smelling. we couldn’t breathe unequivocally simply and we had a unequivocally bad headache.

“I went down to switch off a valve and we started throwing adult everywhere. we couldn’t nap since a smell was so bad.”

The group came to a residence and found a trickle in a sideboard underneath a stairs, subsequent to an electric cable.

The group had to puncture adult a highway outward a residence and were there until 1am, regulating a problem.

The cement was sealed off and warning signs put up, to titillate anyone smelling gas to call an puncture number.

Lee claims they had phoned for assistance on during slightest dual occasions about a issue.

He pronounced Laurence had forked out a smell when there was a gas scale propitious 6 months ago by Southern Electric.

A orator for a association pronounced it had visited a skill on that arise though had no record of complaints of gas.

Lee also pronounced a family complained about a intensity gas trickle when they initial changed into a property.

A orator for Wales and West Utilities reliable it had visited a skill in 2006, due to a suspected gas leak.

It did not criticism on what engineers found during that time.

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