Hong Kong Broadband Network leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to offer 1 Gbps broadband services to residential customers

Date: Thu, 08/05/2010 - 14:04

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of City Telecom (H.K.) Limited, has launched a symmetric 1 Gbps broadband services offering - powered by Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution. At US$26/month, the offer, which targets Hong Kong’s residential market, is amongst the world’s best “value for money” broadband deals

Hong Kong Broadband Network leverages Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution to offer 1 Gbps broadband services to residential customers City Telecom offices in Hong Kong

The demand for bandwidth in Hong Kong is growing at an exponential rate - driven by the popularity of cloud computing applications and high-definition, interactive multimedia services such as HD IPTV and online gaming.According to the latest figures from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority in Hong Kong, residential broadband penetration in Hong Kong has reached 81.4%, amongst the highest in the world.
“In response to the growing need for bandwidth, we have been working with Alcatel-Lucent for years now, leveraging their fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) expertise to deploy a world-class broadband network,” said Ivan Tam, Chief Technology Officer of HKBN. “Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON solution enables us to offer affordable broadband services on a mass-market scale, while readying our network for future demands – driven by super high-definition and 3D interactive multimedia applications.”
HKBN is the fastest growing broadband service provider in Hong Kong and is first to provide symmetric 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps broadband services to Hong Kong’s residential broadband users. A pioneer in fiber solutions deployment, HKBN’s commitment has been instrumental in making Hong Kong a global fiber oasis.
“Alcatel-Lucent has been working closely with HKBN since 2007 to deploy our gigabit passive optical network (GPON) solution, to make their broadband network ‘smarter’ - delivering more services, more flexibly, and at dramatically faster speeds,” said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s activities in Asia Pacific. “We remain committed to providing our customer with Alcatel-Lucent’s best-of-breed solutions and global expertise, enabling HKBN to maintain its leadership position in offering advanced broadband services.”
Alcatel-Lucent has deployed its 7342 Intelligent Services Access Manager Fiber-to-the-User (ISAM FTTU) solution. Leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s High Leverage NetworkTM (HLN) architecture, the scalable platform enables the seamless delivery of high-speed broadband multimedia services to mass markets - such as high-speed data, IPTV, VoIP and content on demand in a cost-effective manner.
Alcatel-Lucent is the worldwide leader in the fixed broadband access market, supporting the largest mass deployments of video, voice and data services.Today, one out of three fixed broadband subscribers around the world is served through an access network provided by Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent is currently involved in more than 100 FTTH projects worldwide, over 85 of which are based on GPON technology. Alcatel-Lucent recently received the FTTH Council Europe’s Innovation Award in the “Technological and Technical Innovation” category with its 10 Gbps GPON prototype, demonstrating its leadership in developing innovative technologies, and foreshadowing the company’s ability to provide virtually unlimited bandwidth to the citizens of Hong Kong.

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