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September 15, 2010

Occam Networks Announces Two New Indoor Optical Network Terminals



By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor


Occam Networks, a provider of broadband access solutions, announced it has expanded its Optical Network Terminal or “ONT” product portfolio with the addition of two indoor ONTs – the ON 2505 and 2506 GPON ONTs.


Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband and video at Infonetics (News - Alert) Research, says indoor ONTs will be a growth market in North America in the next three years – thanks to the rise of new devices and multimedia applications in home entertainment segment.

Heynen finds that Occam’s ON 2505 and 2506 give service providers a great option for bringing services into the home and accelerating the adoption of fiber-based broadband.

As the cost of deploying fiber continues to drop, indoor ONTs like Occam’s ON 2505 and 2506, which are far easier to install, will further strengthen the service provider’s business case for FTTP, company officials said.

The two new indoor ONTs are optimized for deployment in single-family residences or “SFRs” and small-to-medium businesses or “SMBs.” They enable service providers to assist subscribers in the management of in-premise data networking and video distribution.

With the new ON 2505 and 2506, service providers can move the service delivery and monitoring point into the subscriber premise, and enhance their offering with additional value-added services.

The ONTs also deliver a complete triple play offering with traditional voice, high-speed data and video services, such as HDTV, the company said. With these offerings, the ONTs can support both residential and business services.

The ON 2505 and 2506 feature four Ethernet LAN interfaces, so they are able to support bandwidth-intensive applications like on-demand video and gaming. They offer flexible video support with RF video delivery, or IPTV (News - Alert). They also support the delivery of business class services such as TLS and QinQ, the company stated.

Complementing the native IP and Ethernet architecture of the Occam BLC 6000, the ON 2505 and 2506 also provide service providers with operational expense and efficiency benefits, the company said.

Both ONTs are fully managed by Occam’s Optical Line Terminal or “OLT,” enabling service providers to reduce the need for costly and time-consuming truck rolls. As new features and updates are needed, service providers will be able to simply upgrade or reconfigure the ON 2505 or 2506 from the CO or NOC.

Juan Vela (News - Alert), director of solutions marketing and strategy at Occam Networks, said, “By bringing ONTs into the home, maintenance and upgrades will no longer be limited by environmental issues like weather.”

Vela views these products as the next logical step in reducing the total cost of ownership of fiber deployment, allowing more subscribers to take advantage of the benefits of fiber while providing a basis for convergence of devices in the home.

Occam announced they will be showcasing the new ONTs in Booth 312 at the FTTH Conference and Expo at the Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from September 12-16.

In another recent announcement, Occam Networks (News - Alert) announced that Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, a provider of telephony service to portions of Marquette and Adams Counties, has chosen Occam and its BLC 6000 multi-service access platform or “MSAP” to extend its fiber network throughout the southern parts of its service area.


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein


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