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Alcatel-Lucent, Corning team up in GPON initiative

Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Inc.'s Telecommunications segment, has signed a memorandum of understanding ...


June 6, 2007  


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Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Inc.’s Telecommunications segment, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alcatel-Lucent to supply the company with its OptiTap Connector and Adapter for use in its gigabit passive optical network (GPON) system.

The MOU outlines the terms of a multi-year agreement to be negotiated and signed by the two companies by which Corning Cable Systems will become the exclusive supplier of OptiTap Connectors and Adapters for the Alcatel-Lucent system.

The connector and adapter are used in drop cable deployments in optical access networks.

According to Corning, the hardened connector significantly reduces the terminal and drop cable installation time for subscriber connection, thereby reducing the total installed cost of deployment.

GPON is a network architecture ideal for FTTx networks that provides bandwidth efficiency for both upstream and downstream Ethernet traffic.

Alcatel-Lucent was the first vendor to deliver a Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group-compliant GPON system, and is currently engaged in an estimated 20 GPON projects worldwide.