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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 best-data-recovery.com 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

Japan-U.S. Cable Picks Ciena for Trans-Pacific 100G Submarine Network

By admin, June 26, 2012 12:31 pm

Japan-U.S. Cable Network has announced its plan to upgrade the trans-Pacific submarine network, which is close to 23,000 kilometers from the U.S. to Japan. The project has been aided by Ciena with its market-leading coherent 100 Gigabits per second (100G) technology.

The 23,000 kilometers network will be supported by Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform with WaveLogic 3 coherent optical processors. This will replace existing 10G optical equipment at two landing stations in California, one in Hawaii, and three in Japan.

According to Ciena officials, their WaveLogic coherent technology offers revolutionary 40G/100G upgrades to existing submarine networks with only the addition of new terminal equipment, significantly extending the life of existing cable plants and further lengthening its lifespan. Other than scaling bandwidth and lowering costs, WaveLogic-powered networks can be programmed to quickly respond and adapt to changing requirements for capacity, reach, and latency.

Anthony McLachlan, VP and GM, Asia Pacific, Ciena said, “As bandwidth consumption accelerates worldwide, submarine networks have emerged as a potential bottleneck in global networks due to the cost, challenge, and financial risks of deploying new submarine cables. Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 coherent technology has completely changed the economics of bandwidth and time-to-market for submarine network operators, enabling dramatic increases in capacity over existing cable systems.”

The Japan-U.S. Cable is built with more than 26 consortium members such as: Verizon Business?(News – Alert), AT&T, BT, Sprint, CenturyLink, KDDI, NTT, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Tata Communications, SingTel, Softbank Telecom, France Telecom, Level(3), AboveNet, KT, Starhub, PCCW?(News credit rating also signifies that influence acquired by intrigue connected with certain social positions..tmcnet.com/tmc/vertical/financial/images/chart_icon.gif” /> – Alert), and Telstra.

This new network will be the first direct coast-to-coast 100G trans-Pacific submarine network, which allows Japan-U.S. Cable customers to take advantage of the benefits of increased bandwidth and support rapidly increasing capacity demands.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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

RWE Deutschland, Nexans and KIT launch "AmpaCity" project: the world’s longest superconductor system to replace inner-city high-voltage…

By admin, January 23, 2012 7:11 am

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The “AmpaCity” project has been kicked off: The RWE Group and its partners are just about to replace a 1-kilometre-long high-voltage cable connecting two transformer stations in the Ruhr city of Essen with a state-of-the-art superconductor solution. This will mark the longest superconductor cable installation in the world. The three-phase, concentric 10 kV cable will be produced by Nexans and is designed for a transmission capacity of 40 megawatts. As part of this project, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will analyse suitable superconducting and insulating materials. multitenancy: This refers to the situation where a single instance of an appli- cation runs on an SaaS vendor’s servers, but serves multiple client organiza- tions (tenants), keeping all their hard drive recovery services separate.. This installation will also be the first to combine a superconducting cable with a resistive superconducting fault current limiter for overload protection. The limiter will be manufactured by Nexans unit specialized in superconductors, located in Huerth, Germany.

The project could herald a whole new dimension in the restructuring of inner-city networks. Following the successful completion of a two-year field test, it would be possible to install 10 kV superconducting links in large sections of the backbone of the Essen distribution network as part of efforts to release from high-voltage installations. In the medium term, this would lead to greater efficiency as well as lower operating and maintenance costs while simultaneously reducing land use. The dismantling of numerous 110/10 kV transformer stations would help to free up valuable space in inner-city areas. Thanks to the distinctive nature and ambitions of AmpaCity, the project is being supported by the energy research department of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Research project total costs are approximately €13.5 million including government-funded €6 million.

Study highlights the economic efficiency of superconductors

The project was preceded by a detailed study in which a number of research institutes, under the leadership of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, worked alongside with the project partners Nexans and RWE to analyse the technical feasibility and economic efficiency of a superconductor solution at medium-voltage level. The study revealed that superconducting cables are the only reasonable alternative to high-voltage cables in city networks and that their use would mean that resource- and land-intensive transformer stations could be demolished. Although copper medium-voltage cables could also be used in inner-city areas to transmit high power, the cost efficiency of this solution would be cancelled out by the much higher ohmic loss. Furthermore, conventional medium-voltage cables for the Essen project are also out of question, as they require much more routing space: instead of a single 10 kV superconductor cable, five copper cables would need to be laid in parallel – often a largely impossible task given the limited space under the city streets.

Efficiency technology to soon compete with conventional solutions

State-of-the-art high-temperature superconductors (cooled with liquid nitrogen) such as those used in AmpaCity have been ready for deployment in energy-related applications for some years now, although they have yet to be used on a large scale. Thanks to improved production processes, superconducting wires are only now available in sufficient lengths and quantities. Superconductivity is an efficiency technology because it helps to protect material and energy resources. Experts anticipate that these innovative cables will soon be in a position to compete with copper solutions in energy-intensive applications. The BMWi understands superconducting equipment as an important component of future energy supply concepts.

Technical superiority of ice-cold conductors

The technical predominance of superconducting cables can be attributed to the material properties of the conductor. At temperatures of around -200°C, the material is transformed into an almost perfect electrical conductor being able to transport at least 100 times more electricity than copper. Despite the cooling jacket, the compact design of the superconductor means that it can transport five times the electricity as a similarly sized copper cable – and with much fewer electrical losses.

In order to reach its ideal conducting temperature, the concentric superconducting cable is cooled with liquid ni-trogen. Thus it can conduct high currents with minimal loss and smaller cross-sections than an adequate copper cable.

Source: Nexans

Infinera’s ATN Deployed for Frontier’s Metro Network

By admin, January 12, 2012 8:37 pm

Frontier Communications, a provider of communications services focused on rural America, has deployed Infinera’s (News – Alert) ATN for its metro network.

This deployment enables Frontier to serve customers in 14 counties, spanning more than 640 fiber route miles in eastern Pennsylvania.

Frontier’s Infinera network in Pennsylvania provides voice, business and wholesale bandwidth services to consumers and businesses and wholesale mobile backhaul for Tier 1 mobile operators.

Infinera’s ATN extends the benefits of Frontier’s backbone network, which is based on Infinera’s DTN platform.

Frontier Communications offers voice, High-Speed Internet, satellite video, wireless Internet data access, data security solutions, bundled offerings, specialized bundles for small businesses and home offices, and advanced business communications for medium and large businesses.

“We are very pleased with the simplicity and efficiency of Infinera’s DTN and ATN solutions,” said Michael Golob, senior vice president, Engineering & Technology at Frontier. “The operational simplicity of these advanced platforms enabled us to turn up a new network across 14 locations in just three days. The efficiency of Infinera’s solution has reduced certain off-net lease costs in our network by as much as 75 percent.”

Infinera specializes in Digital Optical Networking systems that are designed to continually improve the economics of optical networking by combining the speed of optics with the simplicity of digital.

“Frontier is an important customer and we are delighted that the Infinera ATN is adding value to its existing DTN network,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “At Infinera, we are committed to providing regional and metro solutions that help service providers like Frontier simplify network operations while efficiently scaling the network for broadband services.”

Read a related article at TMCnet, “Maryland Broadband Selects Optical Networking Provider Infinera for Statewide Managed Network.”

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Edited by Jennifer Russell

Kodiak Kenai Cable Company Deploys Infinera for Alaskan Subsea Network Upgrade

By admin, August 24, 2011 5:08 am

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Kodiak Kenai Cable Company, LLC (KKCC), a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corporation, has deployed Infinera’s ( NASDAQ : INFN) Submarine Solution for its optical network upgrade spanning approximately 1,000 km throughout the state of Alaska. KKCC chose Infinera for the ease of use, speed of deployment and cutting edge technology offered on Infinera’s DTN for Submarine Line Terminating Equipment (SLTE).

KKCC operates Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link (KKFL), a submarine fiber optic telecommunications system connecting Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula with Anchorage. Servicing 10% of Alaska’s population, the network runs from Seward down to Narrow Cape and back up to Anchorage. KKFL provides access for broadband services to carriers, businesses, schools, and government institutions, including Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation and the nation’s largest Coast Guard base on Kodiak Island. The improved telecommunications service with an Infinera network also enables KKCC to enhance economic and educational opportunities and healthcare services throughout local communities served by KKCC in Alaska.

“Operating a network in Alaska with a small team, and with the unpredictable weather, we needed a high capacity solution that is simple for us to manage,” said Brian Kincaid, KKCC Chief Operating Officer. “After carefully considering all the options, we chose Infinera because we were very impressed with their Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology, and their systems were easy to install, configure, and manage through their advanced EMS system.”

KKCC deployed Infinera’s Submarine Solution, based on photonic integrated circuits, over a legacy undersea network including a repeaterless span of 377 km. The current network will be able to scale to meet KKCC’s bandwidth needs today and well into the future. The Infinera Submarine Solution can be customized to provide superior reach and optical performance. In addition, it offers space savings and the economic benefits of combining a subsea and a terrestrial system in one platform.

“We were very pleased that Infinera was able to deploy this network so efficiently,” Kincaid added. “The proven capacity far exceeds both our expectations and the projections that other system vendors’ made across some very challenging spans.”

“Infinera is pleased to support KKCC and their customers with an Infinera subsea solution that delivers the Infinera advantages of deployment speed, ease of use, and compact footprint,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO.

The Infinera DTN as SLTE provides a set of application-optimized features for upgrading submarine cable networks, including support for high-reliability trans-oceanic optical transmission, low-cost and low-latency full-band dispersion compensation optimized for greatly reduced size, integrated low-cost terrestrial backhaul and submarine network inter-connection, and undersea cable connectivity solutions optimized for operating over existing cable systems. Infinera Submarine Solutions have been deployed worldwide for customers for a total of more than 85,000 route-kilometers, including routes across the Atlantic, between North, Central, and South America, in the Middle East, and in the Indian Ocean.

About Infinera

Infinera specializes in Digital Optical Networking systems that are designed to continually improve the economics of optical networking by combining the speed of optics with the simplicity of digital. casino spiele . Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough semiconductor technology: Large Scale Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). Infinera’s systems leverage PIC technology to provide customers with a service-ready architecture that enables faster time-to-revenue and greater profitability through network efficiency and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information, please visit .

About Kodiak Kenai Cable Company

The Kodiak Kenai Fiber Link (KKFL) is a submarine fiber optic telecommunications system connecting Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula with Anchorage. Landing points are located at Anchorage, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak and the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation’s (AADC) Launch Complex at Narrow Cape and Seward. The system minimizes exposure of the Turnagain Arm communication corridor to earthquakes, landslides or terrorist acts. It also connects schools, industry and commerce to the world with real-time broadband Internet. The benefits of this cable system over existing transmission media include greater reliability, secure transmission, more capacity and high-speed access, free of delay problems. Improved telecommunication delivery enhances economic opportunities throughout Alaska. Being relaxed and having removed the mask of demureness or sangfroid, virgos horoscope will be undoubtedly much happier..

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Source: Marketwire