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Fwd: Optical Network Specs Developed By Bellsouth, Others

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>Optical Network Specs Developed By Bellsouth, Others 06/22/99
>ATLANTA, GEORGIA, U.S.A., 1999 JUN 22 (NB) -- By Sylvia Dennis,
>Newsbytes. BellSouth [NYSE:BEL], British Telecom [NYSE:BTR], France
>Telecom and Japan's NTT have taken the wraps off a common technical
>specification for high-capacity optical network access systems.
>The move is a significant one, since all four carriers plan on
>implementing network infrastructures that will ultimately see optical
>networking connections direct to home and business subscribers.
>The new optical specification is known as the Full Service Access
>Network (FSAN) specification, and all four companies say they plan to
>use the specifications as standard on their respective networks.
>BellSouth's vice president, Dr David Kettler, said that bringing
>optical fiber technology to the home promises to fundamentally change
>the nature of telecommunications services.
>"We believe that fiber to the home (FTTH) is the key to making
>available the bandwidth that tomorrow's data, imaging and video
>applications will require," he said.
>Tom Rowbotham, director of BT's group technology
>operations, says optical fiber is already established as the
>first choice of transmission medium for intercontinental and inter-
>city routes.
>"It's also used for many connections to businesses using point-to-
>point fiber or fiber rings. The challenge has been to extend
>economically the benefits of full services access to a wider customer
>base," he said.
>Rowbotham says the specifications being unveiled today are a
>common set of requirements for passive optical networks (PON) aimed at
>maximizing the market volume and minimizing equipment cost.
>According to BT, now that all four carriers have published the FSAN
>specification, hardware vendors will be able to focus their
>development efforts on products with minimal operator-specific
>requirements. FSAN is a group of 20
>international network operators working to develop Asynchronous
>Transfer Mode (ATM) Passive Optical Networks.
>FSAN members include: Bell Canada, BellSouth, BT, Chunghwa, Deutsche
>Telecom, Dutch PTT, France Telecom, GTE, Korea Telecom, NTT, SBC,
>Swisscom, Telefonica, Telstra and Telecom Italia.
>BellSouth has recently announced
>plans to install a "first office application" fiber to the home (FTTH)
>system in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta project will use the FSAN
>specification unveiled today.
>BellSouth's Web site is at .
>Further details of FSAN can be found on BT's R&D Web site at
> .
>Reported by, .
>11:23  CST
>(19990622/John Goldman, BellSouth 404-927-7431; BT Corporate News Room
>+44-171-356-5369/WIRES TELECOM, ASIA/)
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