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Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs

Throughout the dense urban regions of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s footprint, the company has been negotiating building by building to bring its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) FiOS network directly into apartment buildings and other multiple dwelling units (MDUs). (See Fiber-to-the-MDU: Verizon's Manhattan Project.)

Today, as part of Verizon's campaign to get its fiber into city high rises, the telco invited many of the major property owners of New York City to its "MDU Summit" in Manhattan's Ritz Carlton for a day-long panel of Verizon execs, industry analysts, and content providers.

The message: Put FiOS in your building and watch your property value rise and rent for your units increase. [Ed. note: If fiber's so valuable, why are people still stealing copper?]

But Verizon is also hoping to tone down the negative message that a handful of customers have been sending regarding longer-than-average installations and ugly optical equipment boxes being placed in people's homes.

For a slideshow of some of the optical gear on display at Verizon's meeting today, click the image below:

Verizon says it has been listening, and the company says it is testing a newer and much smaller ONT for single-family units that could be available by the end of this year or early 2008.

It is not clear yet whether or not a similar solution is being worked out for the MDU version of its ONTs, which have similar size-related problems.

The majority of Verizon's rollout of FiOS has occurred in suburban areas with mainly single dwelling houses. So a smaller, less intrusive ONT could give residents in these areas one less reason to stick with cable.

As for the MDUs, Verizon today pointed to studies that show a buiding could gain around 1 percent in value when becoming FiOS-enabled. The company still expects the majority of MDUs in New York City to be wired within one to three years.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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Raymond McConville 12/5/2012 | 3:09:36 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs Hard to tell with the lid closed but it looks like everything is probably in there. The Calix ONT is smaller but it too is kinda bulky judging by that picture. Also, the ONT Verizon uses also has a battery backup feature that takes up a lot of room - I can't tell from the description if this Calix one has that.
Duh! 12/5/2012 | 3:09:36 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs The photo of the single family ONT is kinda misleading. It shows the ONT, battery, power supply, and broadband home router in one frame. In typical installations, the ONT is on an outside wall or in a garage, power supply and battery are in a basement or utility area, and BHR is in a living area for better 802.11 coverage. YMMV, of course.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:09:36 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs Man, compare that to Calix's ONT:

Could the Calix picture not be showing everything?
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:09:35 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs
The Calix unit looks to be housed in the exact same Corning housing that the Tellabs is.


paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:09:34 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs
There was a home run architecture tried by an overbuilder in the Sacramento area that has been bought by Surewest (out of bankruptcy). It is also tried in Europe (Amsterdam as an example). Do you not count the Utopia project as a home run environment?

So, what the heck are you talking about?

rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:09:34 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

"In usage, a subtle difference is drawn between the charlatan and other kinds of confidence people. The charlatan is usually a salesperson. He does not try to create a personal relationship with his marks, or set up an elaborate hoax using roleplaying. Rather, the person called a charlatan is being accused of resorting to quackery, pseudoscience, or some knowingly employed bogus means of impressing people in order to swindle his victims by selling them worthless nostrums and similar goods or services that will not deliver on the promises made for them. The word calls forth the image of an old-time medicine show operator, who has long left town by the time the people who bought his snake oil tonic realize that it does not perform as advertised."
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:09:34 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs People pandering to this PON thing seems similar to the early days of medicine when charlatans dominated the scene. Or worse, the so-called deputies acting as law enforcement burning down migrants camps during the depression in their hopes to get rid of them by starving their children. It's hard to fathom that next generations will look back on these PON cons and be grateful. Sad that nobody is held accountable.

I guess this is what happens when an activist FCC decides our industry is best off by having a bunch of centralized planners like Whitacre, who takes $240M and more for himself but does nothing for society at large, decide our fates.

What happend to a little freedom and diversity? Out of 30,000+ cities and towns why hasn't *one* tried a home run architecture? Is it because if some group shows how it can be done then everybody else might see the charlatans for who they are?


"In contrast, in Home Run networks each fiber stands alone. I can have a fiber run by Company A lit at J Mbit/s and my neighbor can have another fiber run by Company B, lit at K Mbit/s. Home Run (or Point-to-Point, or Direct Fiber) provides a smooth upgrade path, serves users with different needs, and grows as our need for throughput changes. Home Run is the way to maximize the network's benefit if one expects the future will be uncertain or rapidly changing. But the facility builder (tellingly, "owner" and "operator" are not good words to use!) loses control of the asset."
twill009 12/5/2012 | 3:09:34 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs That is all
Duh! 12/5/2012 | 3:09:33 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs There are pockets of active point-to-point Ethernet in Europe (Fastweb and Neuf Cegetel come to mind) and in Asia. For the most part, it makes economic sense only in very dense urban areas where distribution cable lengths can be kept short. And at that, powering, duct space, repair after dig-ups and cash flow modelling are a nightmare. That's why most of the operators who are actually deploying FTTH and FTTB are deploying PONs.

So what the heck is RJ talking about? The point is he does not know what he is talking about. He just likes to whine about the few folks who have sacked up and started burying fiber 'cause nothing but his utopian notion of perfection is good enough. He has some kind of a theory about some gold plated network that he wishes to have, but not a clue about the nitty-gritty of how to build it, nor a practical way to finance it (and, no, handwaving arguments about public good are not going to make any headway in getting elected officials to raise people's taxes).

RJ would have credibility if he were to develop a business case, convince his own community to adopt it, do the design and budgeting, convince Wall Street to issue municipal bonds to fund it, do all the necessary permitting and licensing, dig trenches, lay fiber, turn it up, operate it for a while, and show revenue and opex according to the orginal plan.

RJ, you can take that as a challenge, if you like.
rjmcmahon 12/5/2012 | 3:09:32 PM
re: Verizon Eyes Smaller ONTs Yeah, I thought my post would cause some of the charlatans to show their faces. It's the same old ones that have fallen for their own con. You guys probably believe your actually contributing something to society. Guess what, you're not. Go take your shiny little VZ deputy badge along with your bullshit and try to impress somebody else. I'm tar'd of it and I ain't buyin' any of it.
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