Fiber series seventh week news Abstract 4

2012-02-15 13:53:00

Week News Abstract For Fiber Series in 10GTEK
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DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON subject of CableLabs qualification program
After four interoperability demonstrations following the launch of specification in February 2011 CableLabs has created a qualification program DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON (DPoE) equipment. CableLabs expects certified equipment to find use in cable MSO networks as a vehicle to deliver business services.As its name implies, the DPoE effort aims to standardize the application of the DOCSIS provisioning system commonly used in cable MSO hybrid fiber/coax residential networks to the management of EPON infrastructures (see "CableLabs preps EPON for MSO business services support"). The effort enjoyed the backing of three major cable MSOs, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks.Successful completion of the DPoE Qualification Program will enable DPoE equipment suppliers to assure potential customers that their DPoE equipment is interoperable with other DPoE offerings based on Version 1.0 of the specifications. DPoE Version 1.0 defines requirements and functionality to support metro Ethernet services such as Ethernet Private Line (EPL). Addition services support is expected to be spelled out in future versions of the DPoE specifications.“Having devices qualified by CableLabs promises to encourage widespread deployment of this new technology and lower costs to both cable operators and business customers by leveraging the proven provisioning capabilities of DOCSIS,” said Nomi Bergman, president of Bright House Networks.“We continue to see greater demand for our IP and Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-based business services, and are excited to deploy qualified DPoE devices in our network, facilitating a common approach for provisioning and greater cost efficiencies,” added Mike LaJoie, executive vice president and CTO for Time Warner Cable.Judging by the fact that 19 vendors participated in the fourth interoperability demonstration, a DPoE technology ecosystem has begun to develop. Companies participating in the event, held December 12-16, 2011, included ADVA Optical Networking, Alcatel-Lucent, Arris Group Inc., Aurora Networks, Broadcom Corp., Ciena Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., CTDI, Finisar Corp., Huawei, Ixia, MRV Communications, NTT Communications Corp., Oliver-Solutions, PMC-Sierra Inc., Qualcomm Atheros Inc., Shenzhen Gongjin Electronics Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Electric Industries, and ZTE Corp.
Fiber-based smart grid target of IBM, VELCO collaboration
IBM (NYSE:IBM) and the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) have announced they will build a fiber-optic network based on Carrier Ethernet that will lay the foundation for a state-wide smart grid. The communications and control network will span more than 1000 miles and connect transmission substations to Vermont’s distribution utilities.IBM will provide project management and networking services from its Intelligent Utility Network portfolio. Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ:CIEN) will supply its 6500 packet-optical transport system and elements of its family of Carrier Ethernet service aggregation and delivery switches.The new network will relay information to the utility about usage, voltage, existing or potential outages, and equipment performance. The use of fiber optics and Carrier Ethernet systems will ensure communications reliability and security as well as enable VELCO to improve power quality and avoid power outages or resolve them more quickly, the partners say."As the transmission provider for the State of Vermont, VELCO is committed to improving power grid reliability and security," said Chris Dutton, president and CEO of VELCO. “Our collaboration with IBM to construct a network that both strengthens system reliability and enables Vermont utilities to execute our collaborative statewide smart grid initiative provides an innovative model for the rest of the country to build a 21st century smart grid."“This exciting partnership between our statewide transmission company VELCO, and IBM, a global smart grid leader whose Vermont campus is a model in energy efficiency, is an excellent example of how our state innovates,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “This network will increase grid reliability, enable smart grid communications and help build the economic development platform necessary to create sustainable jobs. It’s another concrete step toward our long-term goal to make Vermont a national model for energy policy – a source of best practices and technical assistance as the smart grid rolls out nationwide.”Added Guido Bartels, general manager of IBM's Global Energy and Utilities Industry segment, “This new high-speed network will allow VELCO to enhance and adapt its services as customer and requirements change. This goal is consistent with our Smarter Planet initiative to help utilities around the world transform their systems to improve customer service delivery. We see Vermont utilities and their customers as ideal partners to build the power grid of the future due to the strong commitment by all the stakeholders in the state on a common vision.”
Operator agreements catalyze FTTH builds in France’s low-density areas
After implementing a policy for fiber installation and network sharing in urban apartment buildings, France has embarked on a plan to bring fiber access networks to the country’s lower-density areas. This strategy for low-density areas is part of France’s plan to provide broadband access to 70 percent of the country by 2015 and 100 percent by 2025.France wants to stimulate FTTH construction and avoid building duplicate networks. In major cities, under current policy, the operator who is selected by apartment owners to install a building’s fiber network has to lease fiber capacity to other operators seeking to offer services.In less dense areas, operators will build fiber access networks in zones designated by the government. There will be one network per zone. The network builder and owner will lease fiber capacity under wholesale agreements to competitors. And in very low density areas, where operators do not build private networks, the central government will provide funding to local authorities who will work out agreements with operators for the construction of networks.Orange has already signed agreements with its main competitors – Free and SFR – for the low-density zones. In July 2011, Orange signed a wholesale agreement with Free. Free has contracted for access to Orange fiber that will serve approximately 1,300 municipalities, comprising 5 million homes, by 2020. And in November 2011, Orange and SFR announced an agreement for low-density areas spread across 3,440 municipalities that have total of 11 million households. Orange will pass 1.2 million homes for its own operations and 7.5 million homes for its own use and leasing to SFR. SFR will pass 2.3 million homes for its own use and leasing to Orange. The two operators have agreed to start building the networks between 2012 and 2015, and complete them by 2020.“We focused on dense areas in the beginning. Now thanks to these agreements we can go to less-dense areas,” said Yves Parfait, who heads Orange’s fiber projects. “Our agreements with Free and SFR, and hopefully with Bouygues, will reinforce what we are doing and allow us to build the networks in an open way.”In 2010, France Telecom Orange announced it would invest 2 billion euros through 2015 to pass 40 percent of French homes (10 million homes) with FTTH by the end of 2012 and to be present in every département by 2015. (Metropolitan France is divided into 95 départements.) The operator’s long-term goal is to have a total of 15 million homes passed (60 percent of French homes) by 2020.But do customers care?But with FTTH take rates hovering around 10 percent in France’s major markets, the big question now is how subscribers will respond when France Telecom Orange and its competitors begin fiber build outs in the less dense areas this year.The low take rate in major cities has left some industry analysts less optimistic about FTTH growth in France. However, Orange is confident that customer response will be better to FTTH service offers in the less dense areas identified by the government as lacking broadband access.Orange, which began commercial FTTH deployments in 2010, had 1 million homes passed at the end of 2011. As of September 2011, Orange said it had 82,000 FTTH subscribers.Parfait concedes that competition from DSL has been a problem. “In the 20 major cities where we have fiber, there is also very good DSL,” he says. “In less dense areas where DSL service is poorer there will be a greater appetite for fiber.”Parfait is also optimistic about take rates rising in urban areas. Using Japan as a benchmark, he said, “This [10 percent] is similar to the situation in Japan around three years ago. Now they have more FTTH than DSL….Rolling out fiber is a long-term process.Convincing subscribers in France’s major cities to switch to FTTH has been made harder by the syndics de copropriété, which manage the operations of apartment buildings for apartment owners. The syndics and apartment owners meet once a year to vote on building issues such as renovations and repairs. So listening to operators vying for syndic approval and debating FTTH versus DSL is often a low priority on their agendas.“Now that there is clear cooperation among operators there is less confusion when talking to sydics,” asserts Parfait “But you still have to explain what fiber is and why it is different. You have to evangelize. We do this and other operators do this.”Roland Montagne, an analyst who tracks FTTH for consultancy IDATE, agrees that the syndics are a big obstacle, but thinks Orange and other FTTH providers would be more convincing if they had more innovative services. “They need to fine tune their marketing strategies,” he said.“The high level of competition DSL competition in urban areas and no ‘killer application’ has kept take rates low and driven FTTH prices down in France, says Stefaan Vanhastel, marketing director for wireline fixed access at Alcatel-Lucent. “It’s hard to convince subs to switch to fiber if there is no clear vision to make the switch. So, you have to lower prices.”But Parfait argues that the services and applications needed to drive fiber demand are here today. “The market is being driven by demand. A year ago it was the contrary,” he says. “People have more multiple devices, more and more connected devices.…There is more and more demand for upstream bandwidth. If you want to send 20 digital pictures it will take 20 minutes with the best DSL. It’s instantaneous with fiber. There are also online games, webcam uploads, and 3-D TV. These are the main reasons why we are committed to fiber.”While France has picked fiber and is skipping for now new DSL technologies, other countries including Belgium see DSL as a viable interim technology (see "Belgacom Alcatel-Lucent’s first VDSL2 vectoring customer").Citing cost concerns, Mr. Vanhastel said there has been a renewed interest in copper in areas where copper is good. “It’s an attractive alternative,” he explained. “Not as future proof as fiber but faster to roll out….You don’t have to dig up the street. Belgacom, which started VDSL rollouts the same time as Orange began FTTH, has passed 78.9 percent of Belgium households with fiber to the cabinet and VDSL2. This delivers 30 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream.”
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