Firecomms' Participation in Completed and Pending POF Proof of
May 12, 2010
Austin, TX - Firecomms is pleased to announce that AT&T has
acknowledged the company's participation in a successful proof of
concept study of Plastic Optical Fiber (POF) as a connectivity
option for its Uverse® IPTV service.
At the latest OFC
Conference & Exposition, staff members of AT&T Network Operations
presented results of a 2009 POF proof of concept study held in
California's bay area. Due to the on-site evaluations and favorable
comments from both U-verse premise technicians and their
supervisors, AT&T Network Operations will continue to pursue
investigations of OptoLock®-based POF home networks as a viable
option for the connectivity of Uverse services.
During a panel session at the recent Broadband Properties 2010
Summit, AT&T Area Manager Robert Michetich discussed the potential
benefits of POF connectivity, including its reduction in
installation time, immunity to noise, and use of future-proof
A larger proof of concept study by AT&T, which includes a 350-unit
MDU and potentially 50 single family homes, is pending. Like the
first study, this project will include POF switches, passive wall
plates, and media converters, as well as integrated set top boxes,
all powered by Firecomms OptoLock technology.
Firecomms leads the development of devices to
drive POF, a low-cost optical alternative to copper cabling. Due to
its ease of use, large core tolerances, and low costs, POF is
enjoying substantial growth in home network and point-to-point
interconnection. The annual worldwide POF market is estimated to be
worth over $2.5 billion in 2011, according to market research by
"Recognizing the merits of POF deployment to guarantee network
reliability, reduce subscriber installation costs, and maximize ARPU
(average revenue per user), operators worldwide are increasing the
use of POF-based networking solutions," says Firecomms' vice
president of sales and marketing for the Americas, Lawrence Thorne.
"Firecomms' continues to expand its work with the POF equipment
vendor community to ensure the development of the broadest variety
of POF-based networking solutions."
About Firecomms Ltd.
Firecomms, a semiconductor company, develops
high-speed optical components that drive IPTV home networks and
in-car multimedia entertainment systems. The company's revolutionary
OptoLock® technology, licensed worldwide, has created the ability to
bring fiber into every home in the world.
Firecomms is headquartered in Cork, Ireland
and has facilities in Japan and the USA. For additional information
about the company, visit its web site at www.firecomms.com or call
512-328-0300 (US office).
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