Salira Plugs PONs Into China Mobile

Salira Systems Inc. , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA), today announced that its Salira 3000 series optical line terminals (OLTs) have been used to build "the first gigabit speed PON network in Bangladesh."

No need to argue that claim. But that's not all the company has said. It also let slip that its Salira 3000 gear is being used inside China Mobile Communications Corp. 's network, though it wouldn't provide any details related to that previously unannounced deployment.

In Bangladesh, one of Salira's first customers outside of Japan, China, and Korea, the company says that Sirius Broadband, Ltd., a systems integrator, has begun deploying its systems in Dhaka as part of a network shared by "several hundred" MSOs.

Salira, bought by Hitachi last year, changed CEOs in October 2005 and, that same month, debuted its Salira 3000 products, which are based on the IEEE 802.3ah protocols for EPON. EPON, also called gigabit Ethernet PON or GEPON, refers to a variant of PON technology that allows for symmetrical bandwidth speeds of up to 1.25 Gbit/s.

Whatever you call it, the prospects for EPON are hotter than ever. Last year, Infonetics Research Inc. predicted that EPON would jump from 19 percent to 53 percent of overall worldwide PON OLT revenues, a figure that reflects the technology's dominance in Asia.

As for Hitachi, the leader in Asian PON revenues, the company sells BPON and GPON gear, too, but it only sells EPON under the Salira name in Asia, Europe, and locations outside of North America.

Interestingly, Salira's not the only vendor making stout claims in the EPON world these days:

  • On Tuesday, Allied Telesyn International Inc. announced "the industry's first commercial deployment of a GEPON FTTH solution for integrated IP Triple Play services." Unfortunately, Allied Telesyn won't say where the deployment took place. (See Allied Telesyn Deploys GEPON.)

    "To the best of our knowledge, we are the first to deploy… a production end-to-end IP Triple Play solution with GEPON FTTH access," writes Allied Telesyn's VP of marketing James Mustarde, in an email to Light Reading. "At this time we do not have permission to use the customer’s name with this story, though it is a publicly announced Allied Telesyn customer."

    A day before making its industry first claim, the company did say that another customer – Twin Valley Telecom -- is also deploying some GEPON gear. (See TV Picks Allied Telesyn.) In that release, Allied Telesyn said its new 100-Mbit/s network would "bring high-quality voice, video and data to more than 6,400 subscribers."

  • Also Tuesday, Alloptic Inc. announced the availability of "the industry's first redundant" GEPON ONT, a device called the Xgen6000. The device is said to provide "Sonet reliability with PON economics."

    Alloptic is also the company that OEN has picked for a fiber-to-the-home deployment (FTTH) it calls "North America's largest IP video roll-out." OEN, based in Houston, claims it is "the first company to acquire complete IP video programming rights in the United States." (See IPTV Startup Has Big Plans for Texas.)

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

Mark Sebastyn 12/5/2012 | 4:08:13 AM
re: Salira Plugs PONs Into China Mobile How did you reach conclusion that Hitachi was revenue leader for PON in Asia? I would think the title would go to Mitsubishi, which has the majority of NTT contracts.

Hitachi used to be the big leader in Japan with BPON but lost out when the transistion to EPON took place.

And Japan is the only asian area with substantial PON deployment taking place currently.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:08:12 AM
re: Salira Plugs PONs Into China Mobile That was based on a year end number from Infonetics. I haven't seen any data on Mitsubishi's numbers of late, but I'll look to see if you're right.

vlui 12/5/2012 | 4:08:11 AM
re: Salira Plugs PONs Into China Mobile The article is supposed to be about Salira getting into China Mobile, but there is not really any specific news on this.

Are there any speculations from LR how China Mobile is using PON?

Is it possible that there is some slight interests to upgrade their 3G backhaul using PON? (BTS to BSCs to MSCs, or Node-B to RNC)
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