Barely a month after Viasat Broadcasting launched
a few new HD offerings in Norway (among other places), along comes word that ECI Telecom and Fibra Networks are teaming up to construct a gigabit passive optical network (GPON) in the country. By utilizing ECI's Hi-FOCuS MultiService Access Node (MSAN) platform in a GPON OLT (optical line terminator) configuration, the GPON endeavor will reportedly "deliver fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) with cost-effective broadband and video capabilities for Norwegian residents." As expected, the network will enable IPTV, HDTV and "multicast distribution of television, as well as internet access and IP-based telephony." Unfortunately, there's no word on when this project will reach completion, but the sooner the better, we say.