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Bright House Networks has selected Alcatel-Lucent's EPON fiber solution, enabling the operator to deliver high-capacity data and meet the growing communications needs of businesses
PARIS, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is introducing a new ultra-broadband optical fiber access solution for cable multiple-system operators (MSOs). The Ethernet Passive Optical Networking or EPON, solution can be integrated into existing cable access networks to deliver greater capacity to more businesses at a lower cost. This will enable MSOs, particularly those in North America, to expand their service offerings to meet the growing data bandwidth needs of businesses.
Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the United States has selected Alcatel-Lucent's EPON solution for its commercial services network.
North American businesses are estimated to spend over $140 billion per year in total on communications services, yet MSOs are currently only capturing a small percentage of this market1. With an increasing reliance on cloud-based services and applications like video conferencing, one of the fastest growing opportunities is high-bandwidth connectivity. Revenue from fixed broadband services providing connections between 100 megabits-per-second (100Mbps) and 1 gigabit-per-second (1G) is predicted to more than double between 2013 and 20172
Alcatel-Lucent's new EPON solution will help MSOs meet this demand more cost-effectively, allowing them to capture a far greater share of the growing business services market.
About the Alcatel-Lucent EPON solution
Craig Cowden, SVP, Network Engineering/Operations & Enterprise Solutions, Bright House Networks said: "Bright House Networks has been an early champion of PON technologies in general, and EPON specifically, as our default last-mile fiber connectivity solution supporting all of our MetroE and cell backhaul services. Compared with competing alternatives, EPON has clear advantages in capital efficiency, vendor interoperability, bandwidth scalability and standardized provisioning. Bright House Networks is excited to partner with Alcatel-Lucent as we continue our EPON technology journey, migrating to 10G systems with full DPOE provisioning functionality."
Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst, Broadband Access and Pay TV, Infonetics: "By offering an EPON solution designed to integrate with MSO's existing networks, Alcatel-Lucent is allowing them to address an important market opportunity. Except for the small and medium sized business customer, the business communications segment represents a largely untapped market for cable operators and Alcatel-Lucent's fixed fiber broadband expertise can help MSOs deliver real value to more demanding business users."
Erik M. Keith, Principal Analyst, Fixed Access and Digital Media Infrastructure, Current Analysis: "Expanding its fiber access portfolio is a logical move for Alcatel-Lucent given the emphasis placed on the cable market in the company's Shift Plan. The wealth of experience Alcatel-Lucent brings from its leading position in the fixed access market, combined with its strong presence in North America, will make this new EPON solution an attractive proposition for MSOs."
Federico Guillen, head of Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Networks: "The business communications market segment is growing rapidly and cable operators in North America have a real opportunity to address it. As ultra broadband specialists, with a strong portfolio of products and real local knowledge and expertise in the North American cable market, Alcatel-Lucent is in a great position to help MSOs meet enterprise customers' demands with high-capacity, high-quality connectivity."
ABOUT ALCATEL-LUCENT (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent is at the forefront of global communications, providing products and innovations in IP and cloud networking, as well as ultra-broadband fixed and wireless access to service providers and their customers, enterprises and institutions throughout the world.
Underpinning Alcatel-Lucent in driving the industrial transformation from voice telephony to high-speed digital delivery of data, video and information is Bell Labs, an integral part of Alcatel-Lucent and one of the world's foremost technology research institutes, responsible for countless breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent innovations have resulted in the company being recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Top 100 Global Innovator, as well as being named by MIT Technology Review as amongst 2012's Top 50 "World's Most Innovative Companies". Alcatel-Lucent has also been recognized for innovation in sustainability, being ranked Technology Supersector Leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2012 for making global communications more sustainable, affordable and accessible, all in pursuit of the company's mission to realize the potential of a connected world.
With revenues of Euro 14.4 billion in 2012, Alcatel-Lucent is listed on the Paris and New York stock exchanges (Euronext and NYSE: ALU). The company is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.
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1 Source: Heavy Reading, "The Future of Cable Business Services 2012", November 2012
2 Source: IDC "U.S. Carrier Ethernet Services 2013–2017 Forecast", October 2013
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