Cincinnati Bell To Expand Fiber-To-The-Home Network

Cincinnati Bell has selected Motorola's optical networking and RF video-delivery solutions to expand its fiber-to-the-home network in its southern Ohio and northern Kentucky service areas.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

The telco will use Motorola's gigabit passive optical network (GPON), edge modulation, encryption and video-encoding solutions for deployment in its fiber network.

Cable competitors in the telco's footprint include Time Warner Cable, whose southwest Ohio cluster serves Cincinnati and Dayton. As of the end of June, Cincinnati Bell had 780,000 total access lines and 235,000 DSL subscribers.

Cincinnati Bell's fiber network will run on Motorola AXS2200 optical line terminal (OLT) and the 1-GHz-capable ONT1400 single-family optical network terminal (ONT) and Motorola ONT6000 designed to serve multiple-dwelling units.

Cincinnati Bell already uses Motorola's RF set-tops in areas where it offers "FiOptic" service, and the service provider plans to expand its broadband and video services with the new FTTH network. Currently the telco offers 10-Mbps service and 225 digital TV channels through the fiber-to-the-home network.

"In selecting a next-generation video network solution, we looked for a partner with extensive fiber experience including the proven ability to serve the MDU market," Darrick Zucco, general manager of Cincinnati Bell's FiOptic Services, said in a statement. "With Motorola's extensive deployed base of GPON equipment in North America and their integrated 1-GHz RF video solution, we are confident that as we begin employing fiber into parts of our network, our subscribers will receive the highest quality television and broadband services for many years to come."