Alcatel-Lucent and Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN, a unit of telco City Telecom) have deployed what they claim to be the Special Administrative Region’s first Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON. Alcatel-Lucent has provided a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) solution to enable HKBN to deliver advanced triple-play services to its subscribers and enlarge its FTTH network coverage; the enhanced network is expected to be in service in January 2008. HKBN was the first provider in Hong Kong to launch FTTH 100Mbps and 1Gbps services in 2005, and plans to increase its direct fibre coverage from 1.4 million to two million homes passed in the next three years. ‘After an intensive trial of Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution, we are pleased with the maturity and performance of the technology,’ said Paul Cheung, Chief Executive Officer of HKBN, who added: ‘By leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s market-leading expertise in FTTH, we will continue to deploy new and advanced service offerings, providing seamless and premium connectivity services catering to our customers’ requirements.’ Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will deploy the 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager FTTH (ISAM FTTU) solution. The system is designed specifically for packet-based voice convergence and triple-play services and delivers maximum bandwidth and QoS over a fibre access network. The system enables seamless multimedia services such as high speed data, IPTV, VoIP, content-on-demand or interactive multimedia services. It can deliver any mix of voice, video or data over a single fibre that terminates at the subscriber’s premise supporting 2.5Gbps (downstream) – the highest bandwidth offered to the mass market today.