• PCT intros passives for xWDM networks
By Brian Santo
PCT International announced a suite of optical network passive components designed to enable cable system operators to capitalize more quickly on the growing cellular backhaul market. The EQ Link passives include a wide variety of CWDM and DWDM multiplexers and filters that have been designed for use in headends or in field installations and can be configured to meet the needs of individual cable system operators.
All EQ Link elements are designed with 1310nm pass-through ports that enable operators to preserve traditional HFC video services. In addition, they feature high adjacent channel isolation to eliminate interference, as well as wide pass-band performance to ensure stable operation in situations in which temperatures vary widely.
“Cellular backhaul represents significant revenue potential for the cable industry, but operators understandably have been careful to ensure that fiber rollouts do not disrupt existing video service,” said Brandon Wilson, executive vice president of product management and marketing for PCT International.
• Whaleback Systems debuts 3 new business-class phones
By Mike Robuck
Whaleback Systems announced today that it has added three new business-class phones for its managed CrystalBlue voice service.
The new phones are Polycom SoundPoint IP 670, Polycom SoundPoint IP 550 and Polycom SoundPoint IP 450 desktop phones. With the new additions, Whaleback said its entire phone portfolio is Polycom HD Voice-compatible. The new phones are integrated into Whaleback's managed service network architecture that features its service quality management technology and full support of the wideband VoIP codecs.
"Since day one, we engineered CrystalBlue Voice Service to be a business communications service with the highest reliability and quality of service – from the phones on the desk to our underlying network infrastructure," said David Zwicker, Whaleback Systems’ vice president of marketing. "We developed an advanced Voice Quality Management System (VQMS) with full support for G.722, enabling us to be one of the first business VoIP providers to offer Polycom HD Voice phones when they were first introduced several years ago.”
• Hitachi RFoG OK’d for national broadband program
By Brian Santo
Hitachi Communication Technologies America said its Node+Zero RFoG module has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) for use on projects funded by the Rural Telecom Infrastructure and by the Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Programs.
The Node+Zero joins Hitachi's AMN 1200 BPON and AMN1220 GPON systems on the RUS List of Materials Acceptable for Use on RUS Financed Projects in category "ae," "Access Equipment." RUS listing also means that the Node+Zero module can be deployed under the ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act).
Within the ARRA, RUS is managing the Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP), with a total of $2.5 billion to be awarded to build broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved rural areas.