SFP Series forty-eighth Week News Abstract 10

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Week News Abstract For SFP Series in 10GTEK
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Saudi Telecom expands broadband GPON/DSL network
OCTOBER 9, 2009 -- Alcatel-Lucent says it has signed a multi-million Euro frame contract with Saudi Telecom, the main telecommunications operator in Saudi Arabia and the biggest Arab operator, to expand, extend, and upgrade its existing broadband network to serve an additional two million residential and enterprise customers by the end of 2010. Underserved customers in areas of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will now be able to enjoy triple-play services such as IPTV and converged communications.Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide its packet optical transport platform for DSLAM traffic aggregation and Ethernet business services, along with its DSL and GPON/MSAN technology. The company will also leverage its services expertise in the areas of project management, network analysis, software integration, integration services, and technical support services to deliver a turnkey services package. This provides better coverage for broadband services and increases the bandwidth for enhanced applications, such as IPTV and other triple play services, according to Alcatel-Lucent.
Applicants, vendors wait out broadband stimulus delays
OCTOBER 2, 2009 By Stephen Hardy -- Applicants of various sizes and stripes -- not to mention the vendors who hope to supply them with equipment -- continue to drum their fingers on their desks as the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) sort through the mountain of grant and loan applications they have received.Speaking at a track session within the FTTH Conference in Houston, TX, Calix Senior Director of Corporate Marketing Geoff Burke reported that the two organizations appear to be almost a month behind their original schedule. It took the two government organizations until this past Monday, September 28, to release maps that illustrate the census blocks targeted by proposals. Incumbents now have 30 days to challenge whether the areas targeted by the proposals are indeed unserved or underserved -- a time period that was supposed to begin in the middle of September. A due diligence on the applications that make the first cut will then follow. Given where the process now stands, Burke suggested that the November 7 target date for initial awards announcements is in jeopardy.However, he speculated that the pressure to get the awards ball rolling might lead the two organizations to announce a few grants or loans shortly after the November 7 target date. The rest of the awards announcements should trickle out through late November or early December, he estimated.Meanwhile, various estimates of the number, type, and targeted value of the applications continue to roll out, based on a proposal database available online from the NTIA. Broadbandtrends.com, in the September 17 issue of its The Voice of Broadband newsletter, estimated that the NTIA and RUS received more than $27.6 billion in grant and loan requests. The table that follows illustrates Broadbandtrends.com’s breakdown of these proposals.
European Commission issues aid guidelines for broadband networks
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 -- The European Commission has adopted guidelines for the application of EC Treaty state aid rules to the public funding of broadband networks. The guidelines are intended to provide a clear and predictable framework for stakeholders and help member states accelerate and extend broadband deployment.The guidelines also contain specific provisions concerning the deployment of next-generation access (NGA) networks, with an eye toward allowing public support to foster investment without creating “undue distortions” of competition. The guidelines take account of comments received during a public consultation.Access the guidelines.Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said, "The guidelines offer member states and public authorities a comprehensive and transparent tool to ensure that their plans for state funding of broadband are compliant with the EU's state aid rules. The guidelines will therefore facilitate the widespread roll out of high speed and very high speed broadband networks, enhancing European competitiveness and helping to build a knowledge-based society in Europe."The guidelines explain how public funds can be channeled for the deployment of basic broadband networks as well as NGA networks to areas where private operators do not invest. The guidelines outline the distinction between competitive areas ("black" areas) where no state aid is considered necessary and unprofitable or underserved areas ("white" and "grey" areas) in which state aid may be justified, if certain conditions are met. This distinction is then adapted to NGA networks (whose deployment is still at an early stage, in the EC’s view) by requiring member states to take into account not only existing NGA infrastructures but also concrete investment plans by telecom operators to deploy such networks in the near future. Safeguards (such as detailed mapping, open tender, open access obligation or technological neutrality, and claw-back mechanisms) are laid down in the guidelines to promote competition and avoid hindering private investment.According to the EC, while investments for broadband networks should primarily be driven by private operators, state aid can play a crucial role to extend broadband coverage in areas where market operators have no plans to invest. The primary objective of the Broadband Guidelines is to foster a wide and rapid rollout of broadband networks while at the same time preserving the market dynamics and competition in a sector that is fully liberalized. The guidelines also ensure specify that whenever state aid is granted to private operators, the aid must foster competition by requiring the beneficiary to prove open access to the publicly funded network for third party operators, the EC concludes.
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