Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Recent Hitachi Telecommunications Announcements

Hitachi's been busy in the last few months. Excitement is building and we're really looking forward to some major successes in the US over the next few months. It's an interesting experience being on the inside of a smaller division of such a large company. We feel a bit like a startup with the same excitement and commitment to seeing our "baby" come to market, but we have the resources to support the big customers.

We've announced the first customer for our AMN1220 GPON product - Bandon, Oregon as deployed by ComSpanUSA and Ledcor Technical Services. This is exciting for a couple of reasons. First, as far as we know it is the first commercial deployment of true ITU-compliant GPON at 2.4Gbps in the US. Second, it's an interesting new model for municipal broadband. Bandon put out an RFP for this network and the RFP was won by a local CLEC. So Bandon has avoided the legal wrangling around "municipal broadband" by allowing a third party to deploy the network. It's a really nice idea, and one that Hitachi, Comspan, Ledcor, and Bandon will probably be talking about a lot over the next months.
(links to Telephony, Lightwave, FTTH Blog, Hitachi press release)

We announced the AMN1220 product as well. This one is my baby, and I'm quite proud of how it has turned out. It supports true ITU-standard GPON (all GEM based - no ATM in that transport layer), 2.4Gbps downstream and 1.2Gbps upstream, native TDM for T1s, and so much more. Just imagine what you could do with a full Gigabit Ethernet connection at your home. I can't wait for my local telco - or one of their competitors - to start deploying these puppies in my neighborhood.

We also announced Rural Utilities Service listing for the AMN1200 product family, which is great news for rural telcos and incomprehensible for nearly anyone who's not in the business.

Finally, our Salira affiliate announced commercial availability of an EPON system in Asia. That means that Hitachi is now the only company in the world with commercially available APON, BPON, EPON, and GPON systems. We'll go back at some point and cover the CPON, DPON, FPON, and all-important HPON (Hitachi PON).

It should be an interesting next few months. Be sure to stop by (or this blog) regularly for updates.

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