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Press Release -- May 10th, 2011
Source: Huawei
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China Telecom and Huawei Deploy World’s First iODN FOA Site

[Shenzhen, China, 10 May, 2011]: Huawei, a leader in providing next-generation telecommunications network solutions for operators around the world, announced that China Telecom and Huawei have established the world's first intelligent optical distribution network (iODN) first office application (FOA) site in Xuancheng, Anhui Province, China. Huawei's iODN solution, which uses innovative eID technology, dramatically improves operations and maintenance efficiency throughout the deployment process.

As a critical and difficult aspect of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) deployment, the ODN strongly impacts the total cost, system performance and reliability of FTTH networks. Traditionally, FTTH deployment and management within the ODN is performed manually, causing frequent errors and system faults. Such manual operations incur high deployment costs and great operations and maintenance pressure for operators, thereby failing to meet the needs of mass FTTH deployments and management.

Huawei's iODN brings intelligence to the fiber management system while maintaining the passive nature of the ODN network. iODN uses eIDs to automatically identify and manage fiber connections, intelligently indicate fiber connection operations, and intelligently manage optical splitters. With iODN, operators can automatically search out the target optical fiber and appropriately operate it, paving the way for efficient FTTH rollouts and accurate identification of fiber faults.

"As FTTH deployments are increasing worldwide, ODN has become a greater concern to operators,"said Wang Dexiang, Director of Fiber&Copper Infrastructure Product Line, Huawei."Intelligent ODN is the way of the future and Huawei’s breakthroughs in this area can help operators manage issues during ODN deployments and ease the rollout of FTTx networks."

As of December 2010, Huawei's ODN offerings had serviced numerous world-leading telecom operators, including BT, Etisalat, Nucleus Connect, Maxis, Saudi Telecom Company and Qatar Telecom.

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