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Ikanos Boosts Copper Speeds

FREMONT, Calif. -- Ikanos Communications, developer of Smart Silicon for Profitable BroadbandTM, today announced the introduction of its FxTM family of chipsets, the first programmable silicon solutions to extend Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) services over copper. Designed to integrate into devices deployed for Passive Optical Networking (PON) and other types of optical access, the Fx family allows equipment vendors to develop line cards that extend fiber-based services at 100 Mbps over a single copper pair. With the Fx solution, carriers can deploy fiber to the neighborhood, curb, or building and take advantage of last-mile copper to deliver a comprehensive suite of high-value services, including voice, ultra high-speed data and the fast growing High Definition Television (HDTV).

Fx technology enables telecom carriers to greatly accelerate mass provisioning of FTTx services, while cutting CapEx per subscriber to as low as $300, compar ed with more than $14,000 for fiber-based alternatives.

"Carriers worldwide realize they must offer triple-play services to remain competitive, as cable and satellite providers are actively marketing these applications," said Richard Sekar, vice president of marketing at Ikanos. "Fiber-only approaches have two strikes against them: it will take years to trench fiber to every customer, and the cost of doing so is hard to justify-especially when most consumers already have a copper connection to their home. Ikanos' Fx chipsets give equipment vendors and carriers another alternative, one that integrates into and complements fiber installations. Ikanos' Fx is field-proven-within the last 18 months, Ikanos' Fx technology has enabled more than 800,000 subscribers in Japan and Korea to enjoy fiber speed services."

In a separate release:

Ikanos Communications, developer of Smart Silicon for Profitable Broadband(TM), today announced that worldwide shipments for its programmable chipsets have exceeded two million ports since volume production began less than 18 months ago. Ikanos doubled its port shipment from 1 to 2 million ports since late October 2003 when Ikanos first publicly announced shipment status. Ikanos has seen a tremendous uptake for its chipsets in Asia and Europe, where the demand for high-speed broadband is growing rapidly. Ikanos programmable chipsets allow telecom carriers to dramatically accelerate provisioning of applications such as Fiber to the Home (FTTH), Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), and VDSL services.

"Ikanos continues to surpass revenue targets and port shipments, which stands as a powerful testament to the company's products and the team's execution to date," said Rajesh Vashist, president and CEO of Ikanos Communications. "Ikanos' vision is to enable carriers worldwide to connect every consumer at 100 Mbps quickly and cost effectively. Ikanos is well positioned to achieve this goal. We are the only company today to deliver 100 Mbps chipsets over copper in volume, making our solution a natural adjunct to fiber networks. By extending fiber services over existing copper, bandwidth ubiquity is achievable in weeks and months instead of years."

Ikanos Communications Inc.

bonnyman 12/5/2012 | 2:18:06 AM
re: Ikanos Boosts Copper Speeds The press release reads:
"Fx technology enables telecom carriers to greatly accelerate mass provisioning of FTTx services, while cutting CapEx per subscriber to as low as $300, compared with more than $14,000 for fiber-based alternatives."


Most estimates I've seen are $2,000 or below for FTTX -- fiber, electronics, construction, make-ready, etc.

Even very pricey, early power utility FTTX roll-outs in sparsely populated areas (such as Grant County, WA) were just several thousand dollars per subscriber.
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