Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) despite all of its recent challenges according to the 3Q’12 DSL vendor assessment from research firm Dell’Oro remains a dominant supplier in fixed broadband access. It is the world’s leading DSL supplier and also ranked first in the delivery of newer-generation IP DSL and VDSL technologies.
Leadership in VDSL has strategic importance in the industry as service providers throughout the world are showing renewed interest in VDSL2 Vectoring and Bonding solutions, a technology combination that boosts speeds on existing copper networks to deliver more bandwidth-- up to 100Mbps--to more end users in a cost-effective way, according to Alcatel-Lucent.
Alcatel-Lucent also has broken the barrier of 1 million gigabit passive optical network (GPON) ports shipped for the second quarter in a row, and analysts at Infonetics (News - Alert) has identified Alcatel-Lucent as the quarter’s leading supplier of point-to-point fiber solutions.
“Leading by numbers is great – but what is even more exciting, is to have a look at the variety of customer projects behind the numbers,” noted Federico Guillen, who will be heading Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline activities as of January.
Alcatel-Lucent has announced a number of projects in the past few weeks, including a point-to-point fiber project with Azteca Comunicaciones in Colombia, a VDSL2 Vectoring projects with Belgacom (News - Alert) and TDC Denmark, as well as a nationwide VDSL2 contract with Türk Telekom in Turkey and a 1Gbps GPON project with BTES in the United States.
“What these projects have in common, is the fact that they rely on the versatility of Alcatel-Lucent’s ISAM family of fixed access products – supporting copper and fiber on the same platform for a cost-effective mix of FTTx deployment models,” noted Guillen.
Innovation is a significant reason for Alcatel-Lucent’s leadership. The company recently showed its Zero-Touch Vectoring and Embedded OTDR breakthroughs during the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam.
The company’s Zero-Touch Vectoring automatically ensures that VDSL2 modems already installed in customers’ homes can continue to run at full speed without undermining the service quality for those subscribing to higher-speed VDSL2 Vectoring, according to the statement by Alcatel-Lucent. This eliminates the need to update the firmware on all modems on the network.
With their Embedded OTDR innovation, they can provide an easy, fast and affordable method for accurately identifying and pinpointing faults in fiber-optic broadband access networks, according to the company. The solution plugs into a network’s existing fiber access nodes and is integrated with the Motive Network Analyzer. The company’s Motive Network Analyzer is a remote management solution for broadband access networks.
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Edited by Peter Bernstein