GPON fuels the broadband market to grow 9% to $8.2 bn in 2014
Broadband aggregation equipment increased 9 percent to $8.2 billion in 2014 – powered by sales of Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) equipment, particularly in China.
Main vendors in the fixed broadband equipment revenue market are Adtran, Alcatel-Lucent, Calix, Huawei, and ZTE.
GPON spending in China accounts for half of GPON sales in 2014, while GPON spending in Latin America rose 258 percent. Competition in Brazil combined with FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) projects in Mexico and Colombia assisted expand GPON’s reach, said Infonetics Research, now part of IHS….
FTTXcellence Award nominations open for 2015
Corning Inc. and Lightwave have opened nominations for the 12th annual FTTXcellence Award. The award recognizes individuals from North America and Latin America who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in the deployment of fiber-optic access networks. This year’s award will be presented to the winner on Tuesday, June 30, at the 2015 FTTH Conference & Expo in Anaheim, CA….
Frisco suspends contractors’ work after sixth gas line cut in past month
The city of Frisco has shut down all work by contractors involved in installing fiber optic cable for AT&T in several Frisco neighborhoods after crews have cut six natural gas lines in the past month. The shutdown comes in the interest of public safety, city officials said. Firefighters have been called out to the neighborhoods four times the past month to monitor natural gas levels after lines were reported cut by contractors. Each time, Atmos Energy crews had to respond to make repairs….
Bill would expand telecommunications options to rural communities
A bill that would allow Public Utility Districts to offer retail telecommunications services was introduced in the state Senate by Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County.
“Telecommunications is central to many things, from emergency services to advertising for local businesses to helping kids with schoolwork by having internet access. And since PUDs from Grays Harbor to Kitsap to Pend Oreille already have the infrastructure set up, it only makes sense to allow them to expand to retail so we can ensure these important services are available to the people that need them…