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Alcatel-Lucent aids GPON rollout in Hong Kong

Posted: 10 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Hong Kong GPON? FTTH? fiber optic connection?

Alcatel-Lucent and Hong Kong Broadband Network Ltd (HKBN) have partnered in the deployment of the first Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) in Hong Kong.

Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-Home (ISAM FTTH) solution. The system is designed specifically for packet-based voice convergence and triple play services and delivers maximum bandwidth and QoS over a fiber access network. The system enables seamless multimedia services such as highspeed data, IPTV, VoIP, content on demand or interactive multimedia services. The solution can deliver any mix of voice, video or data over a single fiber that terminates at the subscriber's premise supporting 2.5Gbit/s downstreamthe highest bandwidth offered to the mass market today. The collaboration contract also includes network maintenance.

Alcatel-Lucent's FTTH solution will enable HKBN to deliver advanced triple play services to its subscribers and enlarge its FTTH network coverage in Hong Kong. The new network is expected to be in service in January 2008.

The demand for advanced multimedia and data services in Hong Kong is expected to increase substantially in the coming years, driven by services such as HDTV and enhanced multimedia applications. According to the FTTH Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Hong Kong is the world leader in percentage of homes wired with broadband communications over direct fiber optic connections, followed by South Korea and Japan. HKBN, the first provider in Hong Kong to launch FTTH 100Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s services in 2005, plans to increase its coverage from 1.4 million to 2 million home passed within three years.

"After an intensive trial of Alcatel-Lucent's GPON solution, we are pleased with the maturity and performance of the technology," said Paul Cheung, CEO of HKBN. "By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent's market-leading expertise in FTTH, we will continue to deploy new and advanced service offerings, providing seamless and premium connectivity services catering to our customers' requirements."

"We are committed to the local market, providing our best of breed solutions and global expertise, helping Hong Kong to maintain its technology leadershipin this case advance broadband deployment," said Sean Dolan, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities for North East Asia.

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