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Corning and Alcatel-Lucent Collaborate on GPON FTTH Systems with Hardened Connector


HICKORY, N.C.– Corning Cable Systems, part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Alcatel-Lucent to supply the company with its OptiTap™ Connector and Adapter for use in Alcatel-Lucent’s gigabit passive optical network (GPON) system. The MOU outlines the terms of a multi-year agreement to be negotiated and signed by Corning Cable Systems and Alcatel-Lucent, by which Corning Cable Systems will become the exclusive supplier of OptiTap Connectors and Adapters for the Alcatel-Lucent system.

The Corning Cable Systems OptiTap Connector and Adapter provide the ideal solution for factory-terminated, environmentally sealed and hardened connectors for use in drop cable deployments in optical access networks. The hardened connector significantly reduces the terminal and drop cable installation time for subscriber connection, thereby reducing the total installed cost of deployment.

GPON is a network architecture ideal for FTTx networks that provides bandwidth efficiency for both upstream and downstream Ethernet traffic. As a global leader in broadband access, Alcatel-Lucent was the first vendor to deliver a Full Service Access Network (FSAN) Group-compliant GPON system, and is currently engaged in more than 20 GPON projects worldwide.

“As a market leader in GPON, we have a history of successfully collaborating with other technology leaders to create innovative products and solutions for our customers,” said Mike Dobbs, senior vice president for Alcatel-Lucent’s access network activities in North America. “Corning is one of the market leaders in outside plant solutions, and we are happy to continue this collaboration with them.”

“We are pleased to have Alcatel-Lucent’s trust in our technology and service levels and look forward to working with them to further the deployment of FTTH networks,” said Bernhard Deutsch, director of marketing and market development for Corning Cable Systems Public Networks.

In addition to being the exclusive supplier of the OptiTap Connector for Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON system, Corning Cable Systems will collaborate on system tests utilizing Alcatel-Lucent’s GPON FTTH system and Corning Cable Systems’ preconnectorized outside plant solution.

The OptiTap™ Connector is part of Corning Cable Systems Evolant® Solutions. Through its Evolant Solutions for Access Networks, Corning Cable Systems offers specialized portfolios of innovative products and services that enable customers to cost-effectively deploy fiber in the last mile. For additional information on Corning Cable Systems products and services, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States, or (+1) 828-901-5000, international, or visit the Web site at


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