AT&T Selects Vendors for U-verse G-PON Fiber Deployment in New Residential Construction Areas
New-Generation Gigabit Passive Optical Network (G-PON) Equipment From Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson Will Be Used in 'New Build' Neighborhoods Across AT&T's Local Communications Footprint
SAN ANTONIO, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. has announced that Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson have been selected to provide equipment for the planned deployment of Gigabit Passive Optical Network (G-PON) in "new build" areas of AT&T affiliates' local service territories as part of the overall U-verse(SM) network strategy. Financial terms of the awards were not disclosed.
G-PON is the newest standard for fiber-to-the-home technology, with capacity to deliver greater speeds than current-generation Broadband Passive Optical Network (B-PON) technology.
With its U-verse strategy, AT&T is deploying fiber-to-the-home technology, including PON, in new-build residential areas throughout the local communications service territories and will deploy a fiber-to-the-node network infrastructure in existing neighborhoods. Both of these network infrastructures enable delivery of the U-verse portfolio of IP-based services.
AT&T U-verse service offers customers a combination of next-generation digital television -- including access to more than 25 High Definition (HD) channels -- and high speed Internet access. The award-winning AT&T U-verse TV includes cutting-edge features that are unmatched in the market, while the new U-verse enabled AT&T Yahoo! High Speed Internet builds on AT&T's position as the nation's leading provider of broadband DSL.
The Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson G-PON solutions consist of several passive optical network-based elements, including equipment for the central office and home terminals. Both suppliers will soon begin lab testing and certification by AT&T Labs before field testing, which will include configurations for general deployment in single-family residences, apartment and condominium complexes. Pending successful resolution of testing and certification, general deployment of G-PON is expected to begin in 2008.
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