Alcatel-Lucent and Freescale Jointly Develop Fiber-to-the-Home Technology
TMCnet Contributing Editor
)-Lucent and Freescale, a semiconductor company, have teamed up in order to speed up the adoption of fiber-to-the-home technologies by jointly developing gigabit passive optical networking (GPON
) technology and interoperability specifications for vendors of terminal equipment.
Via agreements with Freescale, now terminal vendors can license technologies, including reference designs and support for GPON that is compliant with Alcatel-Lucent's 7342 ISAM fiber-to-the-user (FTTU) suite of products. Alcatel-Lucent has agreed to make available support services required to promote interoperability for vendors under a separate agreement with the company.
"Alcatel-Lucent has been a long-standing promoter of the Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group’s efforts to standardize GPON and this should come as no great surprise given our market position in broadband access," commented Dirk Van den Berghen, president of Alcatel-Lucent's access activities, in a statement.
Van den Berghen added: "It is fully expected that this move will help eliminate industry barriers toward multi-vendor interoperability and enable service providers to select GPON terminal equipment in nearly any configuration they desire at competitive prices."
This program will allow manufacturers of GPON terminal equipment to acquire system-on-a-chip (SOC) silicon from Freescale. Freescale and Alcatel-Lucent had partnered back in 2005 to deliver the first available GPON interface using bundled Freescale and Alcatel-Lucent intellectual property.
Via a new contract, Alcatel-Lucent will provide hardware and software upgrades to existing CDMA2000 base stations supplied by the former Lucent Technologies (prior to merging into the Alcatel-Lucent company). Following the completion of the upgrades, China Unicom (News
) will be equipped with the tools needed to offer high-speed mobile data services to users across Macau including broadcasting and video telephony.
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