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TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review

January 12, 2013

TMCnet Dark Fiber Week in Review

By Ashok Bindra
TMCnet Contributor

With the start of the New Year, the dark fiber community is once again buzzing with activities and announcements. Consequently, this past week there were a number of new developments in the dark fiber space.

While NFC Forum (News - Alert) inked agreements with three industry consortia to promote NFC, m2fx established distribution partnership with CORE Telecom Systems. And Broadcom unveiled GPON home gateway SoC for China. In addition, WiGig's IEEE 802.11ad gained approval to set the stage for next-generation wireless networking, and Allied Telecom Group announced a partnership with InfoRelay for high-speed dark fiber connectivity in the Capital.

TMCnet contributor Anuradha Shukla reported that the NFC Forum signed collaboration agreements with three industry consortia to promote the adoption of near field communication (NFC) technology. These include Global Certification Forum, International Air Transport Association, and Wi-Fi Alliance. The agreements will also further the reach and impact of this technology in mobile and Wi-Fi communications, and in other key markets and industries.

The report indicates that the agreement between the two includes work on mobile testing, global interoperability and market education.

Likewise, at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom (News - Alert) released a highly integrated gigabit passive optical network (GPON) home gateway SoC chip for fast transition to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and other high-bandwidth services in China.

"The Chinese market continues to grow and is poised to be a leading GPON region worldwide," said Li Changchun, Fiberhome R&D general manager, Service & CPE Business Unit, Broadcom. "With E8C-optimized technology, Broadcom's industry proven and highly integrated solutions deliver the performance, price and power requirements demanded by the market."

As per this report, Broadcom's new BCM68571 GPON home gateway SoC offers fast, cost-effective GPON deployment for system vendors and carriers. Additionally, wrote Lidstone, this SoC also extends the company's family of BCM685xx GPON products to the Chinese market, featuring carrier-grade residential gateway software and support for China Telecom's (News - Alert) E8C specification.

TMCnet also reported on the partnership between FTTX specialist m2fx and CORE Telecom Systems. This part of m2fx's expansion plan in the U.S. CORE will act as the company's key distribution and technical support partner in the country.

"CORE is a perfect fit for m2fx,” said Larry Malone, president of m2fx Americas. “We recognize that CORE has strong technical ability and in-depth market knowledge that is essential for m2fx to service our telco & cable company clients’ requirements. We have been really impressed with the CORE team and look forward to our new partnership."

The report also quotes Jim Boarman, president and CEO at CORE Telecom Systems; “m2fx's product line sits well among CORE's initiatives with optical LAN equipment, which drives FTTDesktop in applications including enterprise and campus housing, as well as FTTHome deployments.”

In other news, TMCnet contributing writer Daniel Brecht reported on the approval of new Wi-Fi standard IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11ad, developed jointly with Wireless Gigabit (WiGig) Alliance, an organization committed to driving multi-gigabit-speed wireless communications over the 60 GHz spectrum.

The story suggests WiGig created IEEE 802.11 ad hoc technology to provide high-throughput wireless local area networks (WLAN) on the 60 GHz band.

Ali Sadri, president and Chairman of WiGig, said the endorsement of the IEEE 802.11ad standard comes at a critical moment in multi-gigabit wireless industry transformation. Having recently unified with Wi-Fi Alliance, WiGig’s multi-gigabit technology, which runs in 60 GHz, will provide for the development of next-generation wireless consumer electronics, handheld devices and PCs, according to Sadri.

Lastly, to further improve Internet connectivity in the D.C. area using dark fiber, according to TMCnet contributor Steve Anderson, Allied Telecom Group, a broadband provider based in Washington D.C., inked a partnership with InfoRelay Online Systems, Inc.

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