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ADTRAN, Aethra claim the first reverse powered G.fast FTTdp

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Broadband access specialist ADTRAN and network equipment vendor Aethra Telecommunications are to demonstrate what is said to be the first G.fast reverse powered Fibre-to-the-Distribution-Point (FTTdp) multi-port system at the Broadband World Forum 2014, held in Amsterdam this week.

The demonstration will encompass ADTRAN’s 500G series of G.fast Distribution Point Unit (DPU) systems featuring patent-pending reverse power sharing technology from Aethra. The companies claim the combination allows operators to fully rely on FTTdp architecture with reverse power feeding.

According to Aethra, its reverse power feeding technology boasts benefits such as ultra-compact size, full G.fast fibre-like gigabit speeds, power balancing between users at DPU side, optimised power efficiency, separation and independence of each line and digital monitoring and management of the line status.

Meanwhile in other news, ADTRAN has appointed Ronan Kelly as CTO for EMEA and APAC. In this newly created position, Kelly, formerly ADTRAN’s Product Management Director for EMEA, will focus on international growth especially targeting global Tier-1 service providers.

“Ronan has been instrumental to our company’s global success. His extensive service provider experience, in combination with his technical knowledge and customer focus, brings a unique perspective to our customers making him the perfect person to lead our technical efforts in the EMEA and APAC regions,” Dr. Eduard Scheiterer, SVP and Managing Director, International Markets at ADTRAN said. “Ronan will be focusing on the long-term strategies of Tier-1 service providers, as well as the development and implementation of technologies and system architectures. This will enable our customers to efficiently and cost effectively meet their business objectives.”

ADTRAN said in a statement it will in 2015 be investing in solutions that will allow incumbents and service providers to create simpler, more scalable network architectures. Last month the company introduced its Frequency Division Vectoring (FDV), which is aimed at optimising the use of G.fast and VDSL2 technologies. FDV works by enabling the two technologies to better coexist and work together across a single subscriber line in the network.

“ADTRAN is consistently reinventing the broadband access market with innovative solutions to help service providers keep pace with constantly changing marketplace dynamics,” Tom Stanton, Chairman and CEO of ADTRAN said. “By further investing in our global leadership team, we are taking our customer commitment one step further by providing a direct link to the resources they need to help their businesses evolve, change and grow.”


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