Alloptic offers high-speed Ethernet on copper

Gigabit Ethernet passive optical network vendor Alloptic this week announced the availability of a product capable of delivering 15M bit/sec of symmetrical Ethernet traffic over a standard phone line.

Alloptic's Xgen7000 allows the copper wiring in existing buildings or neighborhoods to carry high-speed Internet, IP-Video and traditional voice services in excess of the current speed of xDSL technology. It is designed to complement the company's Gigabit Ethernet PON products, which are used to carry services into the neighborhood or building where the Xgen7000 uses existing copper telephone lines for delivery of service to the user. A home media converter is used to change the signals back into the traditional Ethernet interfaces.

Until now, high-speed data services were limited to locations within 3 miles of a central office, Alloptic says. With the Xgen7000 and the PON, service providers can deliver these services to customers located beyond 12 miles of a central office, the company claims.

The Xgen products are environmentally hardened and can be used in conjunction with other Optical Network Units residing on the same PON fiber, Alloptic says.

In addition to delivering a full gigabit of bandwidth, the Alloptic PON supports traditional TDM voice and carries RF video on a single fiber.

Gigabit PONs are being deployed by carriers in their multibillion-dollar Fiber-to-the-Premises/Node/Curb buildouts. These projects are intended to pull fiber directly into homes and business, or to supplement next generation DSL loops, for delivery of 20M bit/sec to 30M bit/sec data service, interactive video and IP telephony services. Incumbent carriers are relying on these projects to stave off incursions into their broadband customer base by cable companies offering VoIP, high-speed Internet access and, naturally, video.

Privately-held Alloptic was founded in 1999. The company competes with Alcatel and Motorola, among others

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