Quantum Communications, a privately held competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) based in Redmond, Ore., is focused on bringing high-speed, reliable, and affordable data services to enterprises throughout the central part of that state. The carrier decided to use the MediaC-1600 fiber access solution from SOLiD Technologies to deliver Gigabit-Ethernet services.

According to Scott Church, the CLEC’s director/Engineering and Operations, "With the MediaC-1600, we can deliver multiple Gigabit-Ethernet services where we have limited fiber resources. Because the system uses tunable laser modules, sparing requirements are minimal and maintenance is plug-and-play. The system can also serve multiple sites at different distances without adjustment or fine tuning.”

As such, the carrier says it will use the new system over its fiber plant in four major cities in central Oregon. “The MediaC-1600 was easy to install and operate and, best of all, requires no changes to our outside plant," Church adds.

Saeed Anwar, vice president/Business Development at SOLiD Technologies, continues, "The MediaC-1600 is immune to reflections, unpolished connectors and temperature variations. Our deployment with Quantum showcases our patented laser technology and how we deliver multiple Gigabit services without any degradation over distances surpassing 60 kilometers."

In separate but related news, China is planning to expand broadband Internet coverage to more of its huge rural areas during the country’s 12th “Five-Year Plan” period spanning 2011 to 2015. ??

Speaking at a recent conference, Xi Guohua, vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), said China wants to make broadband Internet services available to 95 percent of the country’s administrative villages by the end of 2015. Some 80 percent of China’s administrative villages reportedly have broadband access today.

The Chinese government also plans to expand telephone service to all villages with more than 20 households during the same period, according to Xi. Due to environmental and infrastructure-related issues, there still are hundreds of thousands of Chinese villages with no phone services. As such, China will establish a long-term system that will boost the development of rural communication networks with government financial support during the next five years.

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