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Roseville finishes phase one of FTTH rollout

Thu, 01/31/2002 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Just slightly behind its Q4 schedule, Roseville Telephone finished phase one of its fiber-to-the-home program in certain Roseville, Calif., neighborhoods.

Roseville, a California-based unit of SureWest Communications, says the program extends its existing fiber-to-the-curb infrastructure to Del Webb's Sun City Roseville Community and parts of the Highland Reserve and Diamond Oaks neighborhoods.

A SureWest spokeswoman would not disclose the financial terms of the project, but says the neighborhoods complete phase one. Phase two will be a continuation of taking fiber-to-the-home in the same neighborhoods.

The company announced in early September that it would use Optical Solutions Inc. to supply fiber-to-the-home to those areas. It would beta test in November, it said then, with phase one of a fiber buildout completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2001.

It also noted that it would initially deploy voice and high-speed data service of up to 100 Mbps via OSI's FiberPath 400 system. The system has voice and video capabilities, including four telephone lines per home, IP streaming media, switched digital video and "hundreds" of digital and analog channels.

Roseville already was supplying DSL to about 90 percent of its customers in Roseville, Citrus Heights, Granite Bay, Antelope and parts of Rocklin. The FTTH system will allow high-speed Internet to "nearly all" its residential customers.

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