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FCC ponders FTTN versus FTTH for Connect America Fund
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this past Friday, June 8, issued a public notice that its Wireline Competition Bureau is seeking public comments on the cost model it will use to help guide its deployment of Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II money. Among the items up for consideration is whether the cost model should assume a fiber to the home (FTTH) or a DSL/fiber to the node (FTTN) infrastructure.The CAF is a large part of the FCC’s effort to revamp the Universal Service Fund and intercarrier compensation system to promote broadband deployment in unserved areas of the United States and maintain voice and broadband services in high-cost areas that might otherwise be abandoned by carriers (see "FCC Chairman Genachowski unwraps USF overhaul plans"). The FCC has allotted $1.8 billion annually for a period of five years to meet its CAF goals, via “a combination of a forward-looking cost model and competitive bidding,” in the words of the FCC’s Report and Order on the subject. The cost model will help the Commission estimate how much support would be needed to serve areas where costs are above a specified benchmark, but below a second “extremely high-cost” benchmark.The FCC now is looking for comments on the development of that cost model. The comments are due July 9, 2012, with replies due July 23.Areas for which the FCC would like comments include:Whether the model should assume a greenfield or brownfield build. Should it assume an FTTH approach or one based on DSL, including, potentially FTTN? What terminal value should be assigned to the modeled network – book value, economic value, or zero value? Whether the model should estimate the total costs of serving the entire service area so that shared costs may be distributed between areas that are eligible and ineligible for support or estimate only the standalone costs of areas eligible for support. How shared network costs should be distributed to the census-block (or smaller) area. Should the model calculate support for areas to which broadband has already been deployed or only for unserved areas? The benchmarks to be used to identify areas with costs that are too low or too high (and therefore subject to support under the Remote Areas Fund) to receive CAF Phase II support.In addition, the FCC also seeks comments on data sources relating to geography and carrier plant, as well as on models submitted by the ABC Coalition (based on DSL and covering the entire nation via greenfield builds) and Alaska Communications Systems Group (which focuses strictly on Alaska).
Infinera asks, what's your network efficiency quotient?
To promote the benefits of integrated OTN switching and WDM – attributes of its DTN-X platform – Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) has introduced the concept of a network efficiency quotient (EQ), plus a handy way to measure it.As the term implies, EQ is a way to describe the efficiency of a network’s architecture and relate that efficiency to total cost of ownership (TCO). Infinera now offers a pair of tools on its website that measure and predict network EQ. The EQ Estimator is a 10-question survey that participants can take anonymously to determine their network EQ as Infinera defines it. The EQ Power Analyzer measures power efficiency across four 100-Gbps network scenarios. If you want more details on how to improve your network’s efficiency, you can discuss it with an Infinera representative via EQ Engagement.As Infinera Senior Director, Corporate Communications Mark Showalter described it, a network with a high EQ features limited stranded bandwidth enabled via high-speed, high-capacity multifunction transport platforms. Infinera sees OTN switching as the best way to minimize stranded bandwidth; integrating this capability within the transport platform, rather than using a standalone system, saves space, power, and operational expense, the company says.At least one Infinera customer buys the premise. “Through several years of deploying and maintaining Infinera technology across our optical transport network we have enjoyed the improved network efficiencies enabled by a system that combines OTN switching with Photonic Integrated Circuit-based WDM optics,” said Randy Nicklas, senior vice president and chief technology officer at XO Communications. “By working with Infinera, we’ve been able to realize the benefit of increasing wavelength efficiency while reducing space and power consumption compared to alternative solutions.”“Our recent “OTN Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey” showed that 75% of operators plan to deploy OTN switching in their networks and more than half of these desire OTN switching integrated with WDM,” added Andrew Schmitt, principal analyst, optical at Infonetics Research via an Infinera press release. “Operators plan to deploy OTN switching in combination with WDM in order to improve network efficiency and lower network lifecycle costs. I’m pleased to see that Infinera has developed a framework that will help operators evaluate their architectural choices.”
Malarenergi goes gigabit-to-the-home with PacketFront ASR6000
Mälarenergi, a Swedish open access network operator with over 31,700 connected homes, has placed an order for approximately 1200 units of PacketFront’s ASR6000 system. The ASR6000 is a Layer 3 Gigabit Ethernet access switch (see “PacketFront intros ASR6000 gigabit-to-the-home platform”).The ASR6000 units will be deployed over the next 18 months and will upgrade 28,000 ports of the access network in the City of Västerås to support gigabit speed services.“We are proud of our ability to maintain and operate a large distributed open-access network with a minimum of resources,” said Per Norrthon, CEO of Mälarenergi. “PacketFront’s ASR6000 is a key factor to continue this lean operation as we move to gigabit access. The citizens of Västerås will now enjoy an even wider selection of services and we have a very easy migration process to update the network with the new routers.”The ASR6000 supports multi-rate operation for both copper and fiber ports, which means that the end-user equipment does not have to be replaced until faster services are purchased. The small form factor of the ASR6000 also allows it to fit into existing installation sites, enabling a “plug’n’play” migration process for Mälarenergi to minimize network down-time when old hardware is replaced, PacketFront says.“The ASR6000 was designed to make the migration to IPv6 and GTTH [gigabit to the home] as simple as possible, something that Mälarenergi and other customers have stated as a key criteria. We have listened and Mälarenergi’s continued confidence in PacketFront is proof of that fact,” said Johnny Hedlund, CEO of PacketFront Network Products AB.
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