Milan, Italy -- Italian wholesale carrier Open Fiber awarded a contract to SM Optics, a company of the SIAE MICROELETTRONICA Group, which will provide and deploy WDM ROADM technology without WSS to extend the fiber connection from the fiber backbone to the metro/zone site. The new network delivers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and fixed wireless access (FWA) aggregated traffic, providing ultra-broadband services to home and local businesses.
Open Fiber's mission is to build a fiber optic network across Italy, providing fiber connectivity to most homes and businesses in the country -- a target of nearly 19 million homes. This optical access infrastructure will enable operators to deliver next-generation services, including FTTH broadband networks for data, gaming, video streaming and mobile connectivity, as well as 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
The SM Optics optical transport solution delivers unprecedented flexibility with minimal footprint and the ability to successfully address the challenges of limited space deployment and low power consumption. In addition, the unique stackable architecture helps Open Fiber optimize its investment based on traffic growth.
Stefano Schiavoni, general manager of SM Optics sales, said: "This technology can provide 10 to 200 Gbps of potential capacity per channel, making Open Fiber's metro access one of the fastest networks available today. With our micro-node technology Open Fiber has been able to deploy OTN and WDM ROADM technologies to access networks."
Added Roman Op Valsisi, SM Optics' managing director and board member: "The award of this contract is extremely important to us as it will demonstrate the strength of our decomposed metropolitan area platform and as a catalyst for Italian development and digital advancement. The strength of the local telecommunications company."
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun — and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
Register and post your questions for Maria on BBWN Radio's easy-to-use chat board. We will get to as many questions as possible. Please post questions before and during the broadcast. Once you've registered, you will be led to the chat board page. Talk to you on April 23!
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON – and we haven’t even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, let’s demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future – whatever it may hold.