Broadband Briefs for 05/06/09
• Verizon’s FiOS gets franchises in Mass., Md., N.Y.
By Traci Patterson
Residents of Mendon, Mass., Gaithersburg, Md., and Asharoken, N.Y., will soon have access to Verizon’s FiOS TV service, thanks to newly approved agreements authorizing the telco to offer its video service in the areas. In addition, Verizon's FiOS TV is now available in Westbury, N.Y.
The win makes 94 the total number of Massachusetts communities, and 150 the total number of New York communities, where Verizon's FiOS TV is, or will soon, be available. In Maryland, Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet services are available to dozens of communities in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties, including Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bel Air, LaPlata and Rockville.
Currently, FiOS TV is available to 9.7 million homes in 14 states: California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
• Indiana telco begins FTTH overbuild
By Brian Santo
Privately held Indiana service provider Smithville said it has completed the first phase of a $90 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) overbuild, announced earlier this month.
The company plans to begin offering a set of triple-play services, including several broadband tiers, which includes a 100 Mbps level. Currently, the company’s fastest broadband tier is a DSL service at 3 Mbps. The company said it believes there is no other ISP in the U.S. Midwest that offers more than 50 Mbps.
Within the next 12 months, the company said half of its residential customers will be migrated to FTTH. Previously, the company said it would begin providing IPTV toward the end of the year. Smithville has about 29,000 customers.
• Amdocs links OSS to BSS
By Brian Santo
Amdocs has converged on a common data model for both its business support system (BSS) and operational support system (OSS). Having both BSS and OSS able to access the same data makes it easier for a service provider to automate service fulfillment. Furthermore, services can be easily reused and recombined for faster time-to-market for new offerings.
Amdocs is saying that the common data model for two product catalogs (one for the OSS, one for the BSS) is an industry first. The common data model ensures consistency between customer-facing and resource-facing specifications, the company said.
To support a catalog-driven approach to order fulfillment, Amdocs has introduced a new OSS product called Service Composition Manager. The Service Composition Manager enables the re-use of existing service and network elements when creating and fulfilling new services.
• Ixia, Force10 plan 10 GigE demo
By Brian Santo
Ixia and Force10 Networks have scheduled what they’re saying will be the largest-ever public demonstration of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) traffic switching at Interop later this month.
Ixia’s XM12 chassis and 280 IxYukon 10 GE test ports will be switched through Force10’s ExaScale data center optimized core switch/routers; the pair expect to send and receive 5.6 terabits per second of traffic.
“Our next-generation ExaScale core switch/routers require validation of multi-terabit throughput and latency” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Force10. “Ixia’s IxYukon and IxNetwork provide us the high density port capacity, while at the same time giving us the sharp tools that we need to characterize our performance.”