Alca-Lu to upgrade Tonami’s HFC network to FTTH

20 Nov 2013

Japanese cable operator Tonami Satellite Communications has contracted French-US equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its existing cable infrastructure to a 100% fibre-optic platform. According to a press release, the upgrade will increase Tonami’s current maximum downlink transmission speeds of 120Mbps by up to 20 times, by replacing its existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) network with Alca-Lu’s Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology.

According to the vendor, Tonami will be the first Japanese cable operator to use Alcatel-Lucent’s 7360 ISAM FX GPON-based solution to bring ultra-high speed internet service bundled with voice and high-definition TV (HDTV) services in Tonami city. Tsuneharu Kawai, president of Tonami Satellite Communications, said: ‘We need to quickly migrate our current legacy infrastructure to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH), to cope with the changing customer needs of cable TV and high-speed internet access services, for faster downloading, interactive gaming and cloud services… For this, we wanted a FTTH solution that is globally proven and will allow us to easily move to 10G and 40G.’

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