Posted on December 9, 2010 by Mari Silbey
Light Reading recently held a conference on cable commercial services, and the upshot is that cable has gotten serious on the business front. According to Jeff Baumgartner, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cox have all joined the $1B club, with at least one billion dollars of revenue in commercial services.
The consensus for the future is that the cable industry will move forward with EPON rather than GPON for all-fiber networks designed to be marketed to businesses. This is not just a contrarian move in response to Verizon’s use of GPON. According to the MSO community, EPON makes sense economically, and it will offer a quicker path to 10-Gbps speeds both upstream and downstream.
Of course, cable operators aren’t going to abandon investments they’ve made elsewhere just to turn over a new EPON leaf, even with new revenue in the offing. So we’re back to discussing DPoE – DOCSIS Provisioning over EPON. Motorola’s got a hand in that game, and started talking about DPoE services back at the SCTE show in October. Will this be a big theme for 2011? Yes or no, it’s clear that after years of talking the talk around commercial services, the cable community is ready to walk the walk.
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Posted on November 18, 2010 by Mari Silbey
Chalk up another win for Motorola’s Passive Optical LAN (POL) solution. Verizon Business announced today that it deployed the fiber-to-the-desktop technology with Russell Investments in the financial services company’s new global headquarters. According to the press release, Russell was “seeking to reduce power consumption to its global trading floor while supporting laptops, printers and wireless access points as well as applications such as voice over IP, video conferencing and security cameras.” The new optical network reportedly has “the capability to expand to 25 terabits worth of bandwidth by using technological advances.”
All signs point to the cable industry using EPON for its commercial services efforts. Verizon continues to get mileage in the commercial sector out of GPON.
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Posted on October 21, 2010 by Mari Silbey
HFC still has runway for residential cable services, but commercial services are a different animal. One of the discussions taking place at the Motorola booth is around using EPON for cable business offerings. An all-fiber option is compelling for the enterprise, particularly when you consider data backup needs and the upstream capacity that requires. And for cable providers, the investment is a lot easier to swallow when there’s new revenue to be made. There is a challenge, however. The cable industry operates in a DOCSIS environment, and would like to continue doing so for a long while. Enter DOCSIS Provisioning of EPON, or DPoE.
Earlier this week Jeff Baumgartner wrote about plans by CableLabs to release specs for DPoE. The idea is to provision everything over one platform, and Motorola is rolling the technology into its Unified Business Services. Operators get EPON, but stay in a DOCSIS world. Not a bad combination.
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Posted on October 13, 2010 by Mari Silbey
More news for Motorola Passive Optical LAN (POL) today. Motorola has signed an agreement with Advanced Media Technologies (AMT) to resell the POL solution in North and South America. AMT actually runs a reseller program, so a roster of AMT’s authorized resellers will have the ability to take the POL technology out to customers of all sizes. The POL goal: Streamline internal enterprise networks with a GPON solution designed to cut down on capital and operating expenses. Here’s what Joe Cozzolino, Motorola’s GM for the Access Networks business had to say.
For those companies looking to drive real cost out of IT operations, Passive Optical LAN offers a disruptive TCO equation over traditional LAN architectures. We’re very pleased to extend our relationship with AMT to include Motorola Mobility’s Passive Optical LAN solutions. AMT’s advanced distribution capabilities and extensive support programs will play a key role in the success of their new Passive Optical LAN VAR program.
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