Cable Networks AKITA to Use Furukawa Electric's 10G-EPON to Launch New Commercial Service

July 19, 2016

Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. has supplied its 10G-EPON system ("FITELWAVE AGX1000" hereafter) to Cable Networks AKITA (main office: Akita City, Akita Prefecture; President: Ryuichi Matsuura; "CNA" hereafter). CNA plans to begin using the 10G-EPON system in July of this year to launch an FTTH Internet-access service.

FITELWAVE AGX1000 is the most compact 10G-EPON OLT(note 1) system in Japan. CNA selected the system because the same device can be used in all locations regardless of scale, and because the system can also be used together with popular 1G-ONU and 10G-ONU services. Furukawa Electric continues to work on developing consumer 10G-EPON terminals, and is committed to helping build FTTH infrastructures that will make high-speed and high-capacity communication possible.


Advantages Offered by FITELWAVE AGX1000

  1. Makes effective use of existing 1G terminals
    Furukawa Electric's 10G-EPON system ensures connectivity with existing D-ONUs, such as "AG20E," "AG20F," and "AG20R" 1G-ONUs. Supported 1G-ONUs have obtained primary telephone certification even with 10G-EPON, so existing services can be continued without having to exchange terminals—even if OLTs are upgraded.
  2. Lineup of D-ONUs compatible with 10G
    Enterprise 10G-ONUs (scheduled for release at the end of July) can be used with 10 Gbps services for public facilities and companies that do not require telephone service. Furukawa Electric continues to work on developing consumer 10G-ONUs that are expected to obtain primary telephone certification.
  3. The most compact system in Japan
    10G-EPONs can connect up to 128 ONUs per port, and an EIA3U sub-rack can fit a 10G-EPON port with up to 24 ports—for a maximum of 3,072 ONUs per EIA3U.

(note 1)OLT:
Terminal equipment installed in the telecommunications carrier premises in an optical fiber network. OLTs are used for a variety of functions including converting electrical signals into optical signals. On the other hand, the terminal equipment installed in the subscriber premises is called an ONU (optical network unit).

About Furukawa Electric Group

Furukawa Electric (TSE; 5801, ISIN; JP3827200001) Group started business in 1884, when its copper-smelting facility and wire manufacturing factory was established. Since then Furukawa Electric has become pioneers in the latest technologies by addressing diverse technological issues. Furukawa Electric has released products in a number of areas, including telecommunications, electronics, automobiles, and construction, with the three types of materials it works with at their core, namely, optics, plastics, and metals. Many of these products have attained the top global market share, and all of its products have contributed to society in numerous business areas. Furukawa Electric reported consolidated revenues of JPY 874.9 billion (approximately USD 8.0B) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.