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Alphion Enabling the Photonic Future
si Team
Monday, November 2, 2009
Founded in 2000 by Dr. Bharat P. Dave, Alphion Corporation, headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey has R&D centers U.S., India. They also have the customer support, service, marketing in Bangalore and Delhi. Structured in two business units, Access Systems and Photonic Devices, the company offers a full range of communications systems, subsystems, integrated and discrete photonic components based on its proprietary QLight technology platform. Alphion products are sold world-wide to service providers and OEMs in the Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP), telecommunications, CATV and defense system markets.

Alphion offers a full spectrum of broadband access solutions that are sold world-wide to service providers and OEMs in the FTTP markets. It supports complete end-to-end access networks, enabling multiple-play IP based broadband services such as VoIP, high-speed Internet, IPTV and Video-On-Demand. The GPON product family consists of Optical Line Terminal (OLT), Optical Network Terminals and passive optical splitters. The Alphion OLT offers 40 protectable GPON ports per shelf, an ultra-fast redundant 200 gigabit per second backplane and 56 gigabit per second uplink capacity.

Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) is becoming the dominant technology for service providers deploying across the Americas, Europe, and Asia, with revenues projected to exceed $2 billion by 2010. Broadband access networks using PON technology are seen as key drivers for economic growth. GPON based networks increase service providers’ ARPU by bundling video, voice and high speed Internet services. Earlier this year, telecom giant Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), selected Alphion’s GPON technology for the deployment of next generation multiple play Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) services in the western and southern zones of India. The initial BSNL contract for Alphion GPON equipment, the first phase in a multi-year program, will provide services to 259,000 FTTP subscribers.

“The selection of Alphion technology for a major share of GPON network equipment being procured by BSNL is a significant achievement and establishes Alphion as a leading supplier of GPON based Access Solutions in the Indian Telecom Network,” commented Dr. Dave, Alphion Chairman, President and CEO. “Alphion is fully committed to supporting the roll-out of GPON equipment in India.”
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